module specification

SS7006 - Trauma, Mental Health and Well-being (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module title Trauma, Mental Health and Well-being
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 180
20 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
120 hours Guided independent study
40 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 100%   Unseen scenario
Running in 2020/21

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Week All day

Module summary

This module will identify what Trauma is and how it can affect a young person’s life. It will be suitable for front line practitioners and managers. It is designed to encourage students to be reflective and to demonstrate a knowledge base relating to legislations and a theoretical underpinning of the approaches and critiques associated with Trauma mental health and well-being. It will critically examine methods of support and supervision for practitioners. It will examine the personal, cultural and structural impact on the individual and community.
1   A critical analysis of the predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors
     impacting on a young person's mental health and experience of trauma
2   Explore the extent and forms of trauma in child and adulthood
3   Critically examine theoretical, conceptual and explanatory frameworks
4   locate support services and policy development in comparative contexts
5   Critically examine the impacts and consequences for young people and their
6   Critically examine the support networks for practitioners.


• Defining Trauma, Mental Health and Wellbeing.
• Medical and social models of mental health problems
• Strengths and resilience in young people and communities.
• Children and young people’s human rights
• Child protection, abuse and domestic violence
• Systemic and community focused interventions
• Therapeutic interventions in working with children and adolescents
• Anti Racist and anti-discriminatory practice
• Poverty, inequality and social exclusion
• Supervision and reflective practice
• Listening to and learning from young people

Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 6

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students' learning will be structured around the contact time based on the guidance supplied in lectures, group work, and interactive workshops. Enquiry based learning and problem-based learning will be used to help students to comprehend theoretical concepts.
Through the use of case studies, an examination of how key skills are applicable in real life youth/ Community settings .Students will be expected to participate in all classes by presenting material for discussion and debate. In addition to class contact time, independent study/preparation time will include directed reading, independent research, project work and class preparation. Formative feedback will be given to students in these lectures to help them understand how well they have applied concepts and ideas; suggest how they can do this more effectively in the future.

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate advanced critical understanding of the predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors which impact on the mental health of young people, and the problems and disorders which may be experienced by them
2. Critically analyse the role of parents, carers, and professionals in the promotion of mental health in young people, and contribute to the improvement and development of more effective ways mental health problems are defined, distinguished and conceptualised
3. Demonstrate advanced critical understanding of the human rights of young people in the context of legal, statutory, and ethical practice in complex situations
4. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and effective use of skills and evidence-based interventions in working with young people in their community 
5. Critically evaluate the assessment process of mental health problems in young people to respond to the needs of a multi-cultural and ethnically diverse society
6. Demonstrate critical evaluation skills in the process of reflective practice, personal and professional development and supervision

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed through a unseen scenario. Students will be presented with a case study, they will assess it, provide a rationale and an action plan and they will then present this to a panel of examiners. This will be followed by an exploratory and critical discussion. In total the period set aside overall for this activity is 90 minutes.


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