Professional Issues and Development

Module titleProfessional Issues and Development
Module codePSY1301
Academic year2015/6
Credits15
Module staff

Miss Marie Chellingsworth (Convenor)

Miss Marie Chellingsworth (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

60

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Working within mental healthcare settings requires an appreciation of a range of professional issues alongside adoption of a psychosocial framework to inform understanding of patient distress and treatment. In this module you will gain knowledge of issues such as ethics, team working and role and personal development in clinical skills. Core to such an appreciation will be an understanding of the ways in which a psychosocial framework can be applied to comprehend the complexity of people’s health, social and occupational needs and of the range of social and health resources available through statutory and community agencies to support recovery. A key feature of the module is the establishment of a portfolio to support ongoing personal and professional development planning throughout the BSc Applied Psychology (Clinical) degree programme supported through the personal tutor system.

This module is non-condonable and each unit of assessment must be passed individually. This module has a 100% attendance requirement in line with PWP course accreditation. If your attendance falls below this level, an action plan will be arranged. Should your attendance fall below 80% of the module, the module cannot be completed and you will be required to repeat the module or, at your request, you may be considered for transfer to the BSc Psychology.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to provide you with an appreciation of the key professional issues relevant to Psychological Wellbeing Practice (ethics, role and personal development, team working), including an appreciation of the ways in which a psychosocial framework can be applied to comprehend the complexity of people’s health, social and occupational needs and of the range of social and health resources available through statutory and community agencies to support recovery.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe a range of employment, occupational and well-being strategies to help patients manage their emotional distress and disturbance
  • 2. Identify patient-centred information gathering approaches used to identify employment needs, well-being and social inclusion
  • 3. Explain the key features of how to work within a team and with other agencies with additional specific roles which cannot be fulfilled by the programme member alone
  • 4. Explain what constitutes high-intensity psychological treatment and how this differs from low-intensity work
  • 5. Explain the collaborative care organisational framework within which Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners operate
  • 6. Discuss the key considerations when signposting to other agencies delivering employment, occupational and other advice and services
  • 7. Illustrate the ways in which the complex systems of community, statutory and voluntary sector provision of services work together

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Summarise basic and essential factual and conceptual knowledge of the subject, and demonstrate understanding of this knowledge
  • 9. Review and evaluate established work and to identify some of the strengths and weaknesses of this work

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 10. Describe a range of key professional and ethical issues related to professional practice within mental health settings and personal development
  • 11. Work as part of a team to develop and deliver an oral presentation

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The content, learning objectives, style of delivery and assessment for this module are mostly as dictated by the national low intensity Improving Access to Psychological Therapies curriculum. Teaching content will include:

Ethical and Professional Issues

  • Appreciating personal limitations
  • Team working
  • Agency working
  • Stepped care and high intensity psychological therapy
  • Caseload management
  • Collaborative care
  • Issues and ethical codes of conduct in relation to practice as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Core competencies associated with the role of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Personal and professional development planning

Psychosocial Support for Recovery

  • Employment, occupational and well-being strategies
  • Gathering patient-centred information on employment needs, wellbeing and social inclusion
  • Signposting
  • Employment, occupational and other advice agencies
  • Community, statutory and voluntary sector

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
301200

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching15Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching5Seminars will be led by the tutor and address a range of personal and professional issues
Scheduled Learning and Teaching5Tutorials will be undertaken in small groups with personal tutors who will support and inform the development of the personal and professional portfolio
Scheduled Learning and Teaching5Problem-based learning – undertaking PBL as part of a group within the classroom supported by the tutor
Guided independent study60Reading and preparation for seminars and tutorials
Guided independent study30Reading and preparation for problem-based learning
Guided independent study30Reading and preparation with group for presentation

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination30 minutes1-10Written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
404020

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination (failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)4045 minutes1-10Written and oral
Written project – patient information leaflet (undertaken in groups of up to six students with a mark awarded for each group) (failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)40750 words 1-3, 6-9Written and oral
Oral presentation (undertaken in groups of up to six as above with each student required to talk with a mark awarded for each group) (failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)2020 minutes 5-9, 11Written and oral
Professional issues and development portfolio (five outcomes) (this assessment builds across the three years of the programme and is submitted each year to measure progress; this assessment is pass/fail only and must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme) 05 outcomes of 400 words each (2,000 words in total)All programme outcomesOral

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1-10Four weeks from the date that feedback was provided
Written projectWritten project1-3, 6-9Four weeks from the date that feedback was provided
Oral presentationOral presentation5-9, 11Four weeks from the date that feedback was provided
Professional issues and development portfolioProfessional issues and development portfolioAllFour weeks from the date that feedback was provided

Re-assessment notes

Four assessments are required for this module. Where you have been referred/deferred for the presentation or written project you will be required to resubmit/re-present either as a group or an individual (this will depend on how many other members of your group have failed the assessment overall) to a member of the teaching team within four weeks from the date that feedback was provided. Where you have been referred/deferred for the examination, you will have the opportunity to take a second examination in the August/September re-assessment period. Where you have been referred/deferred in the portfolio, you will be required to resubmit the portfolio. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%; deferred marks are not capped.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core reading:

  • Bennett-Levy, J., Richards, D.A, Farrand, P. et al (2010). Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Interventions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Gask, L., Lester, H., Kendrick, A. and Peveler, R. (Eds.) (2008). Primary Care Mental Health. London: Gaskell Publishing.
  • Hughes, J. and Youngson, S. (2009). Personal Development and Clinical Psychology. Chichester: Wiley

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Wider Reading:

  • Cobb, A. (2006). Managing for Mental Health: The MIND Employers Resource Pack. London: MIND.
  • Gray, P. (1999). Mental Health in the Workplace: Tackling the Effects of Stress. London: The Mental Health Foundation.
  • Lester, H. and Glasby, J. (2006). Mental Health Policy and Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Chapters 2, 3, 8, 9).
  • Raistrick, H. and Richards, D. (2006). Designing Primary Care Mental Health Services. Hyde: Care Services Improvement Partnership.

Key words search

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, professional practice, professional development, portfolio, psychosocial, signposting, recovery

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

4

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

22/10/11

Last revision date

05/08/2015