Module title: Essential Theory and Skills for Mental Health Practice {Masters} (Theory 3a Mental Health)

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

Module code: MHN11100
Module leader: Anna Bak-Klimek
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Transforming Education and Practice


2019/0, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Anna Bak-Klimek
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
There is a blended approach to this learning and teaching strategy. Interactive on-line activities and lectures will prepare students prior to attending face to face tutorials throughout the trimester.
Theoretical perspectives of therapeutic engagement, communication and factors that impact on mental health will be introduced on-line (LO 1, 2, 3 & 4) and applied to case scenarios used in the skills session, role play/practice activities are introduced (LO 2 & 3).
The students will review and practice their communication and therapeutic skills considering self and self in relation to others (LO 2). The teaching approach and related group work will provide an opportunity to apply the theoretical perspectives to practice and examination of the evidence base for psychological interventions (LO 3 & 5).
There will be a focus on trauma and how it impacts on mental health as well as how nurses can work to maintain the safety of others while adopting a positive risk taking approach to promote recovery (LO 6).
This learning and teaching strategy supports students to make links with the theory of therapeutic relationships and related interpersonal/psychological skills and mental health nursing practice.
Feedback will be provided during the face-to-face tutorial groups and online sessions and discussions. Students will be required to be self-directing and take responsibility for their own learning, supported by the module leader.

Formative Assessment:
In class tutorial debate to be undertaken before week 8.

Summative Assessment:
Exam (LO 6)
The summative assessment will be a 3 hour unseen examination in week 14 of the trimester.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 60
Face To Face Tutorial 36
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 92
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 100 1,2,3,4,5,6 14 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Through a blended learning approach, you will critically explore specific psychological interventions and interpersonal skills that support the development and maintenance of the therapeutic relationship and encourage co-production with people who experience mental health distress. Critically reflect on the values base and professional behaviours that support therapeutic engagement. The identified assessment and clinical skills will be practiced and reviewed using role play and related group activities. You will have the opportunity to practice associated clinical skills and scenario based skills teaching within the Centre for Simulation and Clinical Skills to contextualise the theory to practice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO 1: Appraise the theoretical perspectives of therapeutic interventions used in mental health practice.
LO 2: Critically explore the range of psychological interventions and related skills mental health nurses can draw from to engage with and support others.
LO 3: Critique the values base that supports the establishment of the therapeutic relationship from the nursing and individual’s perspective.
LO 4: Debate the evidence base and skills required for effective, therapeutic communication with individuals and groups.
LO 5: Critically appraise the theory of trauma and its impact on an individual’s physical and mental health.
LO 6: Evaluate a range of factors that influence the health and well-being of people who experience mental health distress, taking cognisance of related risk assessment and safeguarding strategies

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