module specification

PY7194 - Treatment Interventions (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Treatment Interventions
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
Practical Examination 60%   Standardised Role Scenario
Coursework 40%   Critical Reflection
Running in 2022/23

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

Module summary

This module is aimed at developing students’ professional & practitioner skills in Motivational Interviewing and Therapeutic interventions, which may support their current working practices and/or assist and develop their employability. The module presents, discusses, and critically evaluates evidence-oriented interventions for substance misuse and psychological distress.  Motivational interviewing, Therapeutic techniques, and evidence-based interventions, will be described, demonstrated, used and evaluated with targeted clients. Clients in this context will include other students and teaching & examining team only. For students with no core psychology/healthcare training additional training would be necessary to pursue a clinical/counselling career.

By the end of the module you will be able to:
1. Understand Motivational Interviewing skills in a therapeutic context.
2. Use scientific evidence to evaluate critically Motivational Interviewing and Therapy skills across the lifespan. 
3. Specify the theoretical principles underlying these interventions.
4. Manifest a detailed grasp of Motivational Interviewing and Therapy skills for mental health problems.
5. To be able to utilise Motivational interviewing and Therapy skills in a professional context


Introduction to evidence-based research and practice. A critical examination of the evidence-based applications of Motivational Interviewing and Therapeutic skills; the rationale and evidence base of these approaches, developing key skills in Motivational Interviewing and Therapeutic Interventions. Learning Outcomes LO1 - 5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Delivery and discussion of the module syllabi will be via interactive lectures and tutorials (11 x 2hrs). In addition to the weekly seminar workshops which will provide a forum for the application of theory to practical problems (11 hrs), students are expected to work in groups to learn from each other and learn how to independently use other resources available, e.g. library, the internet, Web Learn and own organisation.  Hence a total of 11x3 hrs interactive sessions including seminar activities are designed to discuss various topics in the lectures and the pre-circulated seminar workshop activities. The module will also have its own dedicated Weblearn site to enables staff and students to readily contact each other and offers an on-line support/learning.

Workshops and seminars:
Information and materials relating to the workshop will be circulated once the course has commenced. The seminars and workshops will familiarize students with various aspect of the course. All workshops will relate to lecture topics and will be tested in the examination. Hence, each student is expected to do the prior reading and consult few recommended texts and be actively involved in the seminar activities and group discussion.

The usual programme each week will comprise of a lecture followed by seminar workshop activities and group discussion. The workshops will use the content of the lecture and pre-circulated material for class discussion and group work.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:   

1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of motivational interviewing and Therapeutic Interventions and Therapy skills.
2. Manifest the capacity to evaluate treatment programmes objectively; taking into account the needs of the client and their relevant systems in addition to a range of possibly relevant outcomes.
3. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the validity claims pertaining to various measures of change.
4. Be able to evaluate and discuss critically the decisions that inform choice of treatment or other approaches.
5. To develop the professional skills of students via learning and assessment practices aimed at increasing employability skills

Assessment strategy

1 x Standardised Role Play Scenario

Each student conducting a clinical session with a client (actor). Each clinical session will focus on demonstrating a full range of Motivational Interviewing techniques (LO 1-5).

1 X Critical Reflection
A 1500 word critical reflection. Reflecting on the acquisition of Motivational Interviewing skills that you have developed during the course of this module.  Working as a practitioner requires the development of appropriate communication skills, therapeutic techniques and involves developing an awareness of one’s own biases, thoughts, opinions and issues. Logging the development of these skills in order to reflect and enhance our self-awareness and practice is a key aspect to being a Mental Health practitioner. (LO 1-5).


American Psychiatric Association., (APA, 2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th Ed.  Arlington. American Psychiatric Publishing. Washington. Core reading.

Kendall, P. (Ed.) (2012). Child and adolescent therapy: cognitive-behavioural procedures. New York: Guilford.  (4th. ed.)  (e-version)

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

McKay, J. (2009). Treating substance use disorders with adaptive continuing care. Washington DC: American Psychological Association. 

Rollnick, S., William, M.R., & Butler, C., (2008). Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior (Applications of Motivational Interviewing). New York/London. The Guilford Press. Core reading.

Tomlin, K.A., (2005). Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change: Integrating Best Practices for Substance Abuse Professionals. London. Hazelden Information & Educational Services. Core reading.

CORE: Westbrook, D., Kennerley, H & Kirk, J. (2007) An introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy : skills and applications. London. Sage.

CORE: William, MR., & Rollnick, S., (2013). Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (Applications of Motivational Interviewing). London/New York. The Guilford Press.
Wright, J. H., Basco, M. R., & Thase, M. E. (2006). Learning cognitive-behavior therapy: An illustrated guide.