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SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: NMS11187
Module leader: Jennifer Murray
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Mental Health and Learning Disability



Description of module content:

Your studies will include the epidemiology of alcohol and drug use, misuse and dependence, with a focus on inequalities, families and society. You will undertake a critical appraisal of biological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental theories of substance-related problems. This learning will include discriminating consideration of relevant legislation and policy development and their relationship to practice and population health and the effects of substance use on health and wellbeing at different stages over the lifespan and within different social environments. You will explore; current concepts of recovery, harm reduction, behaviour change, vulnerability, resilience and relapse, the effects of stigma on individuals and families and the delivery of care and outcomes. Learning will also involve a critical consideration of parenting, couple and family functioning within the context of substance use, models of care including multidisciplinary and multiagency working, mutual-aid, social network and family-focused approaches, brief interventions, medication-assisted recovery, detoxification and rehabilitation; You will critically review the research evidence relating to effective interventions within specific groups across the lifespan e.g., pregnant women and newborn infants; children and young people; mothers and fathers; affected family members and social networks; older people; as well as those affected by co-morbidities such as trauma and mental ill-health, domestic abuse, criminal justice involvement, blood borne viruses, liver disease and cognitive impairment. You will appraise the skills required to successfully engage with, assess and support the substance user and their family. You will engage in critical dialogue around the design of policy and service evaluations.

In this module you will learn about critical issues and recent advances in the conceptualisation of substance use, misuse and dependence and their effects across the lifespan on individuals, families and communities, as well as effective prevention and treatment approaches. You will explore evidence within the context of policy development and public protection, while emphasis is placed upon developing knowledge and skills to apply within health and social care environments. You will be expected to critically evaluate your own values and practice and also demonstrate awareness of the values held by others and their impact on the treatment and care of individuals and families affected by substance use.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Using a broad range of evidence, critically explore contemporary theories of substance misuse
LO2: Evaluate socio-cultural factors which influence substance use, the development of problem use, dependence and recovery.

LO3: Debate the effectiveness of current legislation, social policy and strategic approaches to substance-related problems

LO4: Critically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to prevent and treat substance use, misuse and dependence, including interventions for families and communities.

LO5: Critically reflect on the subjective experience of the substance user, family and carer.

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