Module title: Risk Uncertainty and Complex Decision Making

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11102
Module leader: Jennifer Murray
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Mental Health


Description of module content:

This module will offer students a comprehensive theoretical and practical insight into working with people who are at risk, learning the best practice guidelines for assessing and managing risk, and how to do this through inter-agency working.

Students will develop skills in risk formulation and intervention/care/management planning through using a real case file to explore the risk and protective factors that are present, and through working within their field-specific ‘best-practice’ guidelines and then across the disciplines held within their class group.

Topics delivered within the module will include:
Theoretical and practice of risk assessment; Key risk assessment measures; Case files; Risk management; Practical skills in risk management; Risk management planning; Strategic interventions, treatment and rehabilitation; Validity of outcome measures and formal evaluation; Risk communication; Psychology of risk communication; Communication of risk assessment to different stakeholders; Intra-professional and Inter-agency working; Psychological aspects of human decision making; Biases and common errors in decision-making in judgement; Judgements and decisions made during risk assessments; strategies to reduce risk of biases; Thresholds for intervention.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the underpinning principles of risk assessment, risk management and positive risk taking as applied to their specific field.
LO2: Critically apply your knowledge of risk assessment and management to develop a service-user support plan giving consideration to enablement.
LO3: Critically evaluate the impact of heuristics and biases on practitioner decision-making.
LO4: Evaluate the effects of expertise and professional affiliation on practitioner assessments.
LO5: Critically reflect on their own personal preconceptions, heuristics and biases in their decision making.
LO6: Critically discuss the how inter-agency working and communication can support effective risk assessment and management planning.

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