PYMEAAA-Engagement and Assessment of Common Mental Health Problems

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Ms Pam Myles-Hooton

Email: p.myles-hooton@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

For cohorts which start in the autumn academic term. Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) assess and support people with common mental health problems in the self-management of their recovery. To do so they must be able to undertake a range of patient-centred assessments and be able to identify the main areas of concern relevant to the assessment undertaken. They need to have knowledge and competence to be able to apply these in a range of different assessment formats and settings. These different elements or types of assessment include screening/triage assessment; risk assessment; provisional diagnostic assessment; mental health clustering assessment; psychometric assessment (using the IAPT standardised symptoms measures); problem focused assessment; and intervention planning assessment. In all these assessments they need to be able to engage patients and establish an appropriate relationship whilst gathering information in a collaborative manner.


Aims:

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) assess and support people with common mental health problems in the self-management of their recovery. To do so they must be able to undertake a range of patient-centred assessments and be able to identify the main areas of concern relevant to the assessment undertaken. They need to have knowledge and competence to be able to apply these in a range of different assessment formats and settings. These different elements or types of assessment include screening/triage assessment; risk assessment; provisional diagnostic assessment; mental health clustering assessment; psychometric assessment (using the IAPT standardised symptoms measures); problem focused assessment; and intervention planning assessment. In all these assessments they need to be able to engage patients and establish an appropriate relationship whilst gathering information in a collaborative manner.



 



They must have knowledge of mental health disorders and the evidence-based therapeutic options available and be able to communicate this knowledge in a clear and unambiguous way so that people can make informed treatment choices. In addition, they must have knowledge of behaviour change models and how these can inform choice of goals and interventions. This module will, therefore, equip PWPs with a good understanding of the incidence, prevalence and presentation of common mental health problems and evidenced-based treatment choices. Skills teaching will develop PWPs’ core ‘common factors’ competencies of active listening, engagement, alliance building, patient-centred information gathering, information giving and shared decision making.


Assessable learning outcomes:

Students must demonstrate

1) knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of concepts of mental health and mental illness, diagnostic category systems in mental health and a range of social, medical and psychological explanatory models.

2) knowledge of, and competence in applying the principles, purposes and different types of assessment undertaken with people with common mental health problems.

3) knowledge of, and competence in using ‘common factors’ to engage patients, gather information, build a therapeutic alliance with people with common mental health problems, manage the emotional content of sessions and grasp the client’s perspective or “world view”.

4) knowledge of, and competence in ‘patient-centred’ information gathering to arrive at a succinct and collaborative definition of the person’s main mental health difficulties and the impact this has on their daily living.

5) knowledge of, and competence in recognising patterns of symptoms consistent with diagnostic categories of mental disorder from a patient-centred interview and able to assess and recognise any risks to self and others posed by patients.

6) knowledge of, and competence in accurate risk assessment to patient or others

7) knowledge of, and competence in the use of standardised assessment tools including symptom and other psychometric instruments to aid problem recognition and definition and subsequent decision making.

8) knowledge, understanding and competence in using behaviour change models in identifying intervention goals and choice of appropriate interventions.

9) knowledge of, and competence in giving evidence-based information about treatment choices and in making shared decisions with patients.

10) competence in understanding the patient’s attitude to a range of mental health treatments including prescribed medication and evidence-based psychological treatments.

11) competence in accurate recording of interviews and questionnaire assessments using paper and electronic record keeping systems.


Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

1) mental health and mental illness, diagnostic category systems in mental health and a range of social, medical and psychological explanatory models.

2) ‘common factors’ to engage patients, gather information, build a therapeutic alliance with people with common mental health problems, manage the emotional content of sessions and grasp the client’s perspective or “world view”.

3) ‘patient-centred’ information gathering to arrive at a succinct and collaborative definition of the person’s main mental health difficulties and the impact this has on their daily living.

4) recognising patterns of symptoms consistent with diagnostic categories of mental disorder from a patient-centred interview; recognition of any risks to self and others posed by patients.

5) use of standardized assessment tools including symptom and other psychometric instruments to aid problem recognition and definition and subsequent decision making.

6) evidence-based information about treatment choices and in making shared decisions with patients.

7) understanding the patient’s attitude to a range of mental health treatments including prescribed medication and evidence-based psychological treatments.

8) accurate recording of interviews and questionnaire assessments using paper and electronic record keeping systems.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Knowledge will be learnt through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussion groups, guided reading, self-practice/self-reflection activities, problem-based learning tasks, and independent study. Skills based competencies will be learnt through a combination of clinical simulation in small groups working intensively under close supervision with peer and tutor feedback and supervised practice through supervised direct contact with patients in the workplace. 



Contact hours:



• 17 days in total



• Days split in class theoretical teaching and clinical simulation, and in the workplace undertaking practice-based learning and supervision.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 57.5
Fieldwork 52.5
Guided independent study: 90
       
Total hours by term 201
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 50
Class test administered by School 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

1.    A standardised role-play scenario where trainees are required to demonstrate skills in engagement, information gathering, information giving and shared decision making in a problem-focused assessment. This will be video recorded and assessed by teaching staff using a standardised assessment measure.



2.    An in-class test to assess knowledge-based learning outcomes. 



 



These 2 assessments are equally weighted.



 



3.     Successful completion of the following practice outcomes, to be assessed by means of a practice outcomes portfolio and signed off as satisfactory (PO 1, PO 2 and PO 3).



PO 1.    Demonstrates competency in undertaking and recording a range of assessment formats. This should include both triage and problem focused assessments.



PO 2.    Demonstrates experience and competence in the assessment of presenting problems across a range of indicative diagnoses including depression and two or more anxiety disorders.



PO 3.    Demonstrates the common factor competencies necessary to engage patients across the range of assessment formats.


Formative assessment methods:

A standardised role-play scenario of a triage assessment. This assessment will be video recorded and assessed by teaching staff using a standardised assessment measure. Should the assessment be marked as fail, the student will be required to repeat the assessment in the workplace and for the workplace supervisor to sign off on competence. A passed mark sheet from either the university or the workplace sits in the summative portfolio submitted at the end of the programme.


Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Requirements for a pass:

A mark of at least 50% in the skills-based assessment (Assessment number 1).

A mark of at least 50% in the academic based assessment (Assessment number 2).

A mark of ‘satisfactory’ on the practice outcomes (Assessment number 3).

A minimum of 100% attendance is required.


Reassessment arrangements:

Students who do not obtain the required pass mark in the assessed work will be given the opportunity to resubmit, on one further occasion, any individual assessment that has been failed. The re-sit grade cannot exceed 50%. A short Top-up week will be held after the end of the course, giving students the opportunity to complete some teaching sessions or assessments that were missed.



 



Completion of studies is dependent on employment within an IAPT service and access to an IAPT clinical caseload. Students must successfully pass all modules of the PWP training programme. Therefore a student’s studies may be terminated if they are no longer working in an IAPT service, no longer have access to an IAPT caseload or fail coursework at second attempt.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

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4) Printing and binding:

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 


Last updated: 5 November 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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