module specification

PY7193 - Resilience and Mindfulness (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Resilience and Mindfulness
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
164 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   2000 Word Count Essay
Group Presentation 50%   Individual student presentation
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module will focus on the importance of integrating resilience and mindfulness into healthcare practices to support and develop clients skills necessary for coping with problems and set- backs.  It will integrate resilience and mindfulness across the lifespan in the context of mental health, special needs, the care system, at risk families and end of life issues from a cultural and systemic perspective. This module will further employ a family systems approach and explore the assessment of families, resilience, mental health promotion and empowering families towards making positive changes towards mental wellbeing. Theoretical models such as attachment theory, epigenetics, family and bio-ecological systems approach will be also covered.


You will explore theories and research about resilience, wellbeing and mindfulness (LO1)

You will develop skills to master your understanding of psychopathology, and the various therapy programmes designed to treat trauma and addiction (LO 1, 4)

You will master understanding of positive emotions, risk and protective factors, health awareness, and non-normative and normative understandings of the grieving process (LO 2, 3, 4).

You will study the Life Course Model, varied family systems theories, attachment theory, and epigenetics (LO 1,2,3,4).

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Typically (post-Covid 19) we anticipate eleven 3-hour face-to-face learning encounters during the module presentation. Each learning encounter will consist of a 1.5 hour lecture and a 1.5 hour activity sessions designed to promote student interaction and engagement with module materials. At least one session will take place entirely online (to accommodate student needs particularly those with families during the half term break).

The focus of lectures will be on outlining core curriculum content, though it will be underscored that student independent engagement with relevant readings before/close-to the lecture will be necessary to consolidate and extend core knowledge and understanding. The focus of each activity session will vary but will centre on: (a) formative assessment tasks, (b) additional guidance/support with summative assessment, (c) careers support, and (d) presentation skills. 

The WebLearn environment will contain a discussion forum, a range of additional learning resources including podcasts, links and details about forthcoming conferences/work-related opportunities.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion you will:

1. Critically evaluate the value of integrating resilience and mindfulness practices into healthcare as part of client’s treatment programme.

2. Evaluate key aspects of the family system’s approach.

3. Critically review various theoretical frameworks in understanding the aetiology and management of individual and family psychological difficulties

4. Consider trauma, adversity, loss, and resilience from historical, cultural and social justice perspectives.

Assessment strategy

Component 001

A 2’000 word essay relating to a case study (50%) Module weighting. 

Component 002

An individual student presentation selected from a choice of five topics around trauma, loss, and resilience (50%) Module weighting.


Burch, V., & Penman, D., (2013). Mindfulness for Health: A practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing. London, Piatkus.

Dallos, R., & Drapor, R., (2015). An Introduction To Family Therapy: Systemic Theory And Practice. 4TH ed. Berkshire. Open University Press.

Kirk, H.W., Weisbrod, J.O.A., Ericson, K.A., (2003). Psychosocial and Behavioural Aspects of Medicine. Baltimore and Philadelphia. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Pemberton, C., (2015). Resilience: A Practical Guide for Coaches. Berkshire, Open University Press.

Smith-Acuri & Shelly, A., (2010). Systems Theory in Action: Applications to Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy. 1st ed.  Hoboken, New Jersey. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


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