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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Therapeutic interventions in mental health
Module Code NS521
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Liam MacGabhannOffice NumberH226
Level 5 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
7 To profile the people who receive mental health interventions. 7 To analyse the paradigms and principles that underpin bio/psycho/social interventions in a mental health setting. 7 To critique and evaluate principles and practice of patient assessment and management. 7 To critically appraise clinical skills in mental health nursing.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module and following a period of personal study students will be able to: 7 Debate the theoretical basis to the bio/psycho/social perspectives on mental health. 7 Relate primary perspectives on mental health to nursing practice and theoretical philosophy underpinning this practice. 7 Critically analyse approaches to nursing practice, including the ability to discuss the efficacy and validity of particular approaches to assessment, nurse-led therapeutic interventions, and evaluation of programme effiacy. 7 Critically appraise the use of primary perspectives on mental health, in practice with a range of mental health difficulties (e.g. anxiety, depression). 7 Evaluate the use of information and administration systems in demonstrating the effectiveness of mental health care.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 4
Laboratories 0
Seminars 10
Independent Learning Time 37

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
· Historical influences, contextual influences and current trends in the development of approaches to therapeutic care and intervention. · Biomedical approaches to intervention (e.g., disease models of mental health; the use of pharmacological treatments). · Sociological and critical approaches to intervention (e.g., social constructivist analyses of health and illness; demographic, economic and political perspectives on the provision of care; the relationship between individual, family, community and society). · Psychological approaches to intervention (e.g., psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioural and cognitive behavioural models of health and well being; principles and methods underlying psychosocial therapeutic interventions). · Classification issues in mental health, such as the use of DSM-IV and ICD-10; labeling, stereotyping and prejudice; dual diagnosis; personality disorder. · The practice of therapeutic care, e.g., treatment models, pharmacology, medication management, clinical assessment and observation, multidisciplinary and multi-agency collaboration. · Nursing philosophy, methods and models of nursing intervention. · Patient management, family work, psycho-education, relapse prevention, interface with primary care, legal issues and the ethics of interventions, frameworks/processes for delivering interventions, care planning, user partnerships in care.
Continuous Assessment60% Examination Weight40%
Indicative Reading List
Essential: Barker, P. (1997). Assessment in psychiatric and mental health nursing: In search of the whole person. Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes. Gamble, C., & Brennan, G. (2000). Working with serious mental illness: A manual for clinical practice. London: Harcourt Publishers. Kuipers, L.F., Leff, J., & Lam, D. (1992). Family work for schizophrenia: A practical guide. London: Gaskell. Pilgrim, D., & Rogers, A. (1993). A sociology of mental health and illness. Buckingham: Open University Press. Thomas, B., Hardy, S., & Cutting, P. (1997). Stuart and Sundeen's mental health nursing: Principles and practice. London: Mosby. Tyrer, P., Harrison-Read, P., & Van Horn, E. (1997). Drug treatment in psychiatry: A guide for the community mental health worker. Oxford: Butterworth Heineman. Supplementary: Anastasi, A., & Urbina, S. (1997). Psychological testing. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Barker & Davidson (1998) (Ed) Psychiatric nursing: Ethical strife. London: Arnold. Corey, G. (2000). Theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy. Stamford, CN: Brooks/Cole. Clinton, M., & Nelson, S. (1999). Advanced practices in mental health nursing. Oxford: Blackwell Science. Darby, S., Marr, J., & Crump, A. (1999). Older people, nursing and mental health. Oxford: Butterworth Heineman. Dryden, D. (1990). Individual therapy: A handbook. Buckingham: Open University Press. Frances, A. (1998). Your mental health: A layman's guide to the psychiatrist's bible. New York: Scribner. Johnson, B.S. (1995). Child, adolescent and family psychiatric nursing. Philadelphia: Lippincott. Long, B.C., Phipps, W.J., & Cassmeyer, V.L. (1995). Adult nursing; a nursing process approach. London: Mosby. Nolan, P. (1993). A history of mental health nursing. London: Chapman & Hall. Ogden, J. (2000). Health psychology. Buckingham: Open University. Pearson, A., Vaughan, B., & Fitzgerald, M. (1996). Nursing models for practice. Oxford: Butterworth Heineman. Stroebe, W. (2000). Social psychology and health. Buckingham: Open University Press. Sue, D. (2001). Understanding abnormal psychology. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Wright, W.H., & Giddey, M. (1993). Mental health nursing: From first principles to professional practice. Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes. Useful Journals Journal of Advanced Nursing, Blackwell Science Ltd. International Journal of Nursing Studies Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Blackwell Science Ltd. Nursing Older People, Royal College of Nursing. Journal of Mental Health Practice Specific reading lists will be provided throughout the syllabus
Programme or List of Programmes
GNSAMHGDip Nursing - Acute Mental Health
GNSCMHGDip Nursing - Community Mental Health
GNSMHCGDip Nursing-Child/Adolescent Mental H
GNSMHOGD Nursing, Mental Health Older People
MNSMHCMSc Nursing-Child/Adolescent Mental H