Module Title:Psychology - Adjustment and Positive Change
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises/Case Studies – students will work as part of a team and will work together to discuss and evaluate scenarios related to lecture content. • Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • E-Learning — It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials including discussion boards. • Self-Directed Independent Learning — the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop a theoretical framework to guide understanding of abnormal psychology and to examine the role of practical interventions in the area of mental health and challenging behaviour.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Critically evaluate models of best practice in responding to psychological disorders.
LO2 Discuss narrative approaches and the construction/desconstruction of mental health/disability.
LO3 Discuss the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions in psychological disorders.
LO4 Evaluate current approaches to managing challenging behaviour.
LO5 Apply appropriate practical skills in relation to managing the challenging behaviour of individuals.
LO6 Analyse and evaluate the issues involved in therapeutic interventions.
LO7 Reflect on the application of psychological theory to social care practice in a multidisciplinary team.
LO8 Evaluate the role of self help and recovery plans in the area of mental health.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
• Definitions, Prevalence • Specific disorders • Explanations – Biological, Neuropsychology, Psychological, Socio-cultural • International best practice • Mental Health in Ireland, construction and deconstruction of mental health and disability
Therapeutic Interventions
• Biological, psychological and cultural approaches to therapy • Multimodal Therapy • Mindfulness Training • Life skills training • The role of Self Help/ recovery plans • Psychosocial: Vocational Rehabilitation • Community psychology
Challenging Behaviour
• Disability: Definition, Prevalence. • Case studies • Responses • Examining own role in team • Reactive strategies • Quality of life • Behaviour management models • Applied Behaviour Analysis ABA • Care plans • Response to specific issues: Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Learning Disability, Down Syndrome.
Professional Skills
• Self Care • Reflective practice • Role of supervision • Client centred planning • Multidisciplinary teamwork • Evidence based practice
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Written piece 1,3,5,6,8 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Three hour written exam 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 4 Mandatory