Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Foundations in Mental Health & Distress
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Division of Psychology and Mental Health|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The course material will be delivered via lectures (with associated e-learning resources) and will be supported with 4 lab-based sessions.
This unit aims to:
· Build a rounded understanding of mental health and distress through appraisal of biological, psychological and social factors
· Critically evaluate the validity of a medical model approach to classification and treatment of mental distress
· Provide an introduction to evidence-based treatment modalities and their therapeutic targets in the management of mental distress
· Develop key transferable skills in critical and analytical thinking, reflectivity, writing skills, communication and personal development.
Teaching and learning methods
This course is delivered via 12 x 1.5 hour lectures and 4 x 1hr laboratory classes.
Teaching will be facilitated by a mixture of formal lectures, case studies, videos, task engagement (e.g. piloting of mental health questionnaires and assessments), and small group discussions.
E-learning provision: Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources, and a monitored discussion board will be provided via Blackboard.
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of mental health and distress
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of methods used in the assessment and classification of mental health and distress
- Describe key factors across the bio-psycho-social spectrum involved in the genesis and maintenance of mental distress
- Describe the nature of interaction between social, psychological and biological factors in bringing about mental distress
- Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of different treatment modalities (e.g. pharmacotherapies, psychotherapies) used to alleviate mental distress
- Critically evaluate dominant medical model approaches to classification and treatment of mental distress
- Consider novels ways through which psychological, social and biological factors may interact to influence mental health
- Appraise empirical data
- Appreciate the strengths and limitations of methods used to probe mental distress
- Gain understanding of methodologies used to determine the effectiveness of mental health interventions
- Conduct experimental laboratory work using psychological methods
- Present experimental work in writing, conforming to APA standards
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Present information, ideas and arguments in written form with due regard to the target audience and discipline conventions
- Sustain and develop cogent and coherent argument
- Work in a group to solve problems
A 1500 word laboratory report worth 60% and a one hour multiple choice exam worth 40%
Key selected chapters from “Psychology, Mental Health and Distress” Cromby, Harper & Reavey (eds)
Additional digitised chapters, video links, podcasts and contemporary expert-led articles will also be made available on blackboard
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||4|
|Independent study hours|
|Filippo Varese||Unit coordinator|