module specification

PY7194 - Treatment Interventions (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Treatment Interventions
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 160
 
112 hours Guided independent study
48 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 25%   Motivational interviewing: group assessed 40 minute interview
Coursework 25%   Motivational interviewing: 1500 word assignment (based on practical exam and will include a transcript)
Coursework 25%   Positive Psychology: group assessed 40 minute interview
Practical Examination 25%   Positive Psychology: 1500 word assignment (based on practical exam and will include a transcript)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

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

Module aims

1. To be able to understand motivational interviewing and positive psychology in a therapeutic context.
2. To be able to use scientific evidence to evaluate critically motivational interviewing and positive psychology across the lifespan. 
3. To be able to specify the theoretical principles underlying these interventions.
4. To manifest a detailed grasp of motivational interviewing and positive psychology for mental health problems.
5. To be able to utilise motivational interviewing and positive psychology in a professional context

Syllabus

Introduction to evidence based research and practice. A critical examination of the evidence-based applications of motivational interviewing and positive psychology; the rationale and evidence base of these approaches, developing key skills in motivational interviewing and positive psychology.

Learning and teaching

Delivery and discussion of the module syllabi will be via interactive lectures and tutorials (11 X2hrs). 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 positive psychology.
  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

Motivational Interviewing

One practical examination based on one student interviewing another student being observed and assessed by two invigilators. Each interview will take approximately 40 minutes per person. Two students’ will be assessed where one student is the interviewer and the other is the ‘client’. The interview will be audio- recorded. The group will commence interviewing each other whilst the invigilators come around and observe the process. This will then be submitted as a 1, 500 word assignment. This will include a critical self -reflective overview of the interview. A transcript of the interview will also be included in the appendix.

Positive Psychology

One practical examination based on students (one-on-one) putting positive psychology into practice and being observed and assessed by two invigilators. Each interview will take approximately 40 minutes per person. Two students’ will be assessed where one student is the interviewer and the other is the ‘client’. The interview will be audio-recorded. Owing to resources the group will commence interviewing each other whilst the invigilators come around and observe the process. This will then be submitted as a 1, 500 word assignment. This will include a critical self –reflective practices and the submission of the transcript which will be included in the appendix.

Assessment   Percentage  Learning Outcomes           
Motivational interviewing: 1500 word assignment based on practical exam including the submission of transcripts 25 1,2,3,4,5
Motivational interviewing: Practical exam- peer and invigilator observed/assessed (40 mins per person- the total duration for the group should take no longer than 3 hrs)                                                                                                                                                                                                     25 1,2,3,4,5
Positive Psychology: 1500 word assignment based on practical exam including the submission of transcripts 25 1,2,3,4,5
Positive Psychology: Practical exam- peer and invigilator observed/assessed (40 mins per person- the total duration for the group should take no longer than 3 hrs) 25 1,2,3,4,5

 

Bibliography

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

Hefferon, K., & Boniwell, I., (2011). Positive Psychology: Theory, Research And Applications. Berkshire. Open University Press. [Core reading]

Lopez, SJ., & Snyder, C.R., (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (Oxford Library of Psychology). Oxford University Press. [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. [Core reading]

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

Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. New York: Oxford University Press and 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]

William, MR., & Rollnick, S., (2013). Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (Applications of Motivational Interviewing). London/New York. The Guilford Press. [Core reading]