Advanced psychosocial assessment and formulation (degree and masters level) (HEAD398 / APP765)

Key features

This module will enable students to develop a systematic understanding of conceptual frameworks and the use of therapeutic factors to undertake comprehensive and collaborative biopsychosocial assessments of mental health presentations, and develop a critical understanding of person-centred formulations and the use of internationally recognised classification criteria. There will be a focus on reflective practice and application.

Module code

HEAD398 / APP765

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

HEAD398 course details (degree level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an in-depth and critical understanding of conceptual frameworks of mental health, mental illness and their selection and application to the assessment of mental health presentations

  • demonstrate the effective selection and application of therapeutic factors to engage patients and to work in partnership to complete a comprehensive and person- centred formulation

  • synthesise complex interrelated information drawn from a range of appropriate sources to develop evidence-based judgements and develop person-centred formulations

  • in the context of national policy and legislation accurately recognise and effectively manage the risk posed by clients to themselves or others.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. an essay reflecting on video role play assessment

2. a video assessment of a role playing actor.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

APP765 course details (masters level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced critical understanding and application of conceptual frameworks of mental health, mental illness and internationally recognised classification criteria to the assessment of mental health presentations

  • demonstrate the effective selection and advanced application of therapeutic factors to engage patients, build effective therapeutic alliances and to work in partnership to complete a comprehensive assessment of mental health presentations in unpredictably complex contexts

  • synthesise complex interrelated information drawn from a range of appropriate sources to develop advanced, specialist, evidence-based judgements and to develop person-centred formulations and apply internationally recognised diagnostic classification criteria

  • in the context of national policy and legislation, develop advanced capabilities and accurately recognise and effectively manage the risks posed by clients to themselves and others in a range of client specific contexts.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. a reflective essay

2. a video assessment. 

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

20, 27 January, 3, 10, 17, 24 February and 3, 10 March 2022. 

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

What programmes can these modules count towards?

The degree-level module can be studied as a standalone module, as a core module towards the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Mental Health or as an optional module towards some other BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways.

The masters-level module can be studied as a standalone module, as a core module towards the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Mental Health Practitioner) or as an optional module towards some other MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways. 

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

COVID-secure module delivery

The University is adhering to government guidance relating to COVID-secure operation. For this reason, modules are being delivered in a variety of formats, with much content delivered online, either in an interactive manner (i.e. requiring participation at the allotted times), or sometimes in a passive manner (i.e. you may be able to conduct some of the study outside of the typical taught hours of 09:00–17:00).

Some sessions, particularly clinical assessments, will continue to be delivered face-to-face with appropriate risk-mitigating measures in place. Others may allow you the option of attending face-to-face or synchronously engaging online with peers who attend face-to-face.

When you receive confirmation of your enrolment on a module, you will be granted access to our Digital Learning Environment (DLE or Moodle). You should access this prior to the start of your module to determine the teaching format of the module’s sessions.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Entry requirements

To undertake these modules you must be:

  • a registered health and social care practitioner or health and social care worker working in an area of clinical practice that will allow you to meet the module learning outcomes
  • in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) or a foundation degree to study the module at degree level
  • in possession of previous study at degree level to study the module at masters level.

Fees

Please see our professional development module fees page.