Module Title:Psychology and Positive Change
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
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: 1. Lectures - interactive communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student, using Powerpoint presentations, with ongoing questions and discussion encouraged. 2. Case Studies - students will discuss and evaluate scenarios related to lecture content. 3. Active & collaborative learning - students will be encouraged to reflect on cases from their work experience in the context of new material presented. They will be encouraged to share queries, ethical dilemmas and learning with their class, with due respect to confidentiality for all involved. This will enable them to make the theory-practice link under the guidance of the lecturer. This will also develop their analytical, reflective and communication skills.4. Group work & class discussion: students will work together in small groups.5. E-Learning — It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials including discussion boards. 6. Self-Directed Independent Learning through reading of books, peer-reviewed journal articles, policy documents, governmental publications and international best practice guidelines. D1 p2 p3 p5 p8 p10 p19 p20 p21 p22 p23; D2 p2 p3 p4 p12 p13 p14 p15 p17; D3 p1 p6; D4 p4 p5; D5 p1 p4 p5 p6 p7 p8 p10 p11 p12 p13 p16 p19
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop a theoretical framework to guide understanding of psychological distress and to examine the role of assessment, formulation and therapeutic interventions in the area of mental health and challenging behaviour. Emphasis will be placed on the role of positive psychology in practice.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a clear understanding of the critical importance of professional skills for mental health in social care practice.D1 p2 p19 p20 p21 p22; D2 p 9 p13 p14 p15; D4 p4 p5; D5 p1 p12 p13 p19
LO2 Analyse theoretical perspectives to understandings of mental health and mental illness and intervention.D1 p3 p5 p8 p10; D2 p3 p4 p12; D3 p1 p6; D4 p4; D5 p1 p4 p5 p6 p7 p8 p10 p11 p13 p16
LO3 Evaluate current and alternative approaches to understanding challenging behaviour and demonstrate an ability to apply these approaches in practice.D1 p3 p5 p8 p10 p22; D2 p2 p12 p17; D3 p1; D4 p4; D5 p1 p4 p5 p6 p7 p8 p10 p11 p13 p16
LO4 Apply a positive psychology approach to professional practice D1 p5 p23; D2 p12; D3 p6; D4 p4; D5 p1 p4 p5 p6 p7 p8 p12 p13 p16 p19
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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

9873 PSYC C3702 Psychology of Mental Health and Neurodiversity
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Mental Health, Mental Illness and Interventions
• Range of psychological theories and perspectives for mental health and illness will be explored, including dual continua model, biopsychosocial approach, diathesis stress model, power threat meaning framework, beyond classification systems. • Explanations – Biological, Neurodevelopmental, • Psychological, social and cultural. • Voices of the service user • Specific experiences of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, autism, trauma related responses Evidence based psychological interventions • Advances and developments in intervention and support • Person centered interventions D1 p3 p5 p8 p10; D2 p3 p4 p12; D3 p1 p6; D4 p4; D5 p1 p4 p5 p6 p7 p8 p10 p11 p13 p16
Challenging Behaviour
• Disability: Definition, Prevalence. • Case studies, Assessment, Formulation & Intervention • Understanding distress • Enabling Environments • Examining own role in team • Reactive strategies • Behaviour management models • Applied Behaviour Analysis ABA • Care plans • Response to specific issues: Autism, ADHD, Emotional/ Behavioural difficulties, Learning Disability, Children in Care, Older Adults. D1 p3 p5 p8 p10 p22; D2 p2 p12 p17; D3 p1; D4 p4; D5 p1 p4 p5 p6 p7 p8 p10 p11 p13 p16
Professional Skills
• Self Care • Reflective practice • Role of supervision • Multidisciplinary teamwork • Evidence based practice • Active Listening • Sign posting D1 p2 p19 p20 p21 p22; D2 p13 p14 p15; D4 p4 p5; D5 p1 p12 p13 p19
Positive Psychology
• Growth and Fixed Mindsets • Character Strengths and Virtues • Resilience • Application of theory to practice D1 p5 p23; D2 p12; D3 p6; D4 p4; D5 p1 p4 p5 p6 p7 p8 p12 p13 p16 p19
Critical Awareness
To embed critical thinking skills across all content specifically related to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Students will be provided with case studies and practical applications of psychological theory to assess learning across the 4 LO's. D1: p5 p8 p20; D2: p1 p2 p3 p 4 p5 p9 p14 p17; D3: p6 p7 p8 p9 p14 p15; D4: p5; p14; D5: p4 p6 p11 p12 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWPSC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care 7 Mandatory