HC2SW9-Mental Health and Mental Illness

Module Provider: School of Health and Social Care
Number of credits: 10 [5ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring
Module Convenor: C Gregor
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2008/9

Email: c.gregor@reading.ac.uk

To enable students to work effectively with and for those with mental health needs

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will be able to:

1. Describe the experience of mental illness from the perspective of service users and carers
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the services available for those with mental health needs
3. Identify how to promote recovery for those with mental health needs

Additional outcomes:
1. An understanding of medical and social models of mental illness, and how these inform services
2. An awareness of the legal and policy framework for social work with those who have mental health needs

Outline content:

  • The experience of mental illness, and of the services received by users and carers

  • Theories of mental illness � psychiatric, psychological and social
  • Discrimination and diversity in mental health services
  • Models of good practice
  • Multi-disciplinary and inter-professional working
  • Respecting service users� views
  • Supporting carers

    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    A series of 10 lectures and workshops that will include presentations by service users and carers.

    Contact hours:

      Autumn Spring Summer
    Lectures 15
    Other contact (eg study visits)      
    Total hours   20   
    Number of essays or assignments    
    Other (eg major seminar paper)      


    A 2,000 word case study of a service user�s experience of mental health services.

    Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

    Penalties for late submission: Penalties for late submission of course work will be in accordance with University policy. Fail at first attempt as a result of non-submission.


    Requirements for a pass: A mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements: Re-examination by 1st September.

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