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SP30259: Mental Health policy, practice, research & law (part 2)

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (100%) (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: This unit is only available to students on the BSc Social Work & Applied Social Studies.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To prepare students for mental health social work practice in a rapidly changing inter-professional and organisational context;
* To critically examine the role of mental health social work in specialist and non-specialist settings;
* To test students understanding of research and law in relation to mental health & mental capacity.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students will be able to:
* Locate social work within the multidisciplinary organisational context of mental health services (statutory and voluntary);
* Consider the relevance to practice of alternative models of mental health social work assessment, including risk assessment;
* Incorporate service user & carer perspectives in the development of practice;
* Understand the relevance of care management and the care planning approach to mental health social work;
* Draw on an evidence-base for intervention in relation to mental health problems for children and young people;
* Draw on an evidence-base for intervention in relation to mental health problems for adults and older people;
* Understand the social work role in relation to mental health legislation;
* Identify the implications of anti-discriminatory practice for mental health social work.

* To think creatively and analytically (f/t/a);
* To communicate an argument (f/a);
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence (f/t/a);
* To gather information from a variety of sources (f/a);
* To synthesize information from a number of sources.
* To develop skills and understanding of relationship & interpersonal skills when interviewing and assessing service users
* To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others (f/t/a);
* To apply principles of sociological and social policy analysis (t/a).
Transferable key skills:
* Essay research, preparation and writing skills (f/t/a);
* To reflect upon own academic and professional performance (t/a).
Knowledge outcomes:
* Knowledge of social processes impinging on service users (t/a);
* Knowledge of the nature of social work processes (t/a);
* Knowledge of services (t/a);
* Significance of legislative and policy frameworks (t/a);
* Knowledge of organisational processes (t/a).


* research, ethics and law in mental health social work practice
* the social work role in relation to specific mental health conditions, including:
* personality disorders
* drug and alcohol dependency
* dual diagnosis
* other conditions associated with old age
* complex case work in mental health social work including issues of domestic violence and child abuse
* mental health legislation and the role of the social worker & AMPH
* inequality and discrimination in mental health services;
* service user and carer perspectives
* race, culture, gender and ethnicity in relation to mental health
* statutory social work interventions
* care planning
* assessment, including risk assessment
* mental health & mental capacity
* multi agency & multi disciplinary practice, strengths and difficulties in mental health services.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP30259 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies (Year 3)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.