|Module Code||BAHPSY 302|
|Module Title||Mental Health and Psychopathology|
|Parent Programme/Stage||BA(Hons) Psychology||Stage Three/Award|
|Delivery Mode||FT/PT Blended|
|NFQ||Irish National Framework of Qualifications /Level 8|
|EFQ||European Qualifications Framework /Level 6|
|Workload (hours per week)||3 hours per week 2 x lec/1 x tutorial|
|Description||The study of mental health, mental distress and the manifestation of behaviours and experiences which may be indicative of psychological impairment. Introduces learners to the field of abnormal psychology and the multiple factors involved in mental health. It offers learners different approaches to explaining mental health and wellbeing. Lectures/tutorials/ independent study/use of Moodle for directed self–study tasks|
|Assessment||CA: 100% Ongoing|
|LearningOutcomes: On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:|
|302A:||Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a range of common mental health conditions, their definition, classification, and assessment procedures.|
|302B:||Critique the major theories of mental health.|
|302C:||Assess the social, biological and emotional factors that impact mental health and evaluate strategies for the promotion of positive mental health|
|302D:||Evaluate the social, moral, ethical and legal consequences of suffering from mental health conditions.|
|302E:||Critically appraise strategies to prevent mental health issues and the biopsychosocial treatments available when prevention fails.|
-Introduction to Psychopathology: Defining Normality and Abnormality:
– Statistical, cultural, social and legal norms; the concept of mental disorder and the medical model Perspectives on MH:
– The “medical model“: strengths and limitations.
– Positive Aspects: evidence from signs and symptoms; Making “mental illness“ just like “any other illness“ cures and treatments.
– Negative aspects: Labelling a person as “mentally ill“ is a stigma. Labelling people as “ill“ implies passivity and that they must be cured by others and have no active involvement in changing their own behaviour. Moral treatment Social Model:
– What is Non–medical Concept of ‘Illness’?
– Anti–psychiatry movement/school, Szasz, Laing, Foucault
– Safe environment; organic not mental ‘illness’; tolerance of unusual behaviour; points of view
– The Diagnostic Approach; Theories of’ Illness’; Ordering the’ Disorders’; Imperfections of
Medical Model; Implications of over diagnosis Stress-vulnerability-coping model:
– Factors which increase vulnerability to mental health conditions: Biological factors.
Personal attributes. Environmental and social stress; factors that protect individuals from developing mental health issues.
Classifications, diagnosis and related causes: ICD and DSM
– Organic mental disorders; Neurotic and stress-related disorders; Psychosis disorders
– Personality Disorders; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders Definition and Diagnosis:
– Diagnostic tools: clinical interview, psychological tests, behavioural observation, physiological tests, self-monitoring; problems of diagnosis – reliability and validity; differential diagnosis, labelling Treatment Approaches;
– Understanding mental health and the range and efficacy of various treatment approaches e.g., Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT);
– pharmacological and non-pharmacological; Mental Health Recovery and Advocacy
– What Is Advocacy? What Do Advocates Do? What Sort of Problems Can Advocates Help With? What Advocates Don’t Do; What Are the Different Forms of Advocacy? How to Find an Advocate Mental Health, Stigma and Society
– Theories of stigma in relation to mental health;
– Role of society and its relevant institutions in respect of the care and treatment of those with a mental health condition;
– Laws and health policy in perpetuating and/ or combating stigma
– Practical strategies and mental health campaigns to reduce stigmatisation of those experiencing mental health conditions.