This module enables experienced practitioners to practice at an advanced level. It enables students to critically reflect on their existing mental health knowledge and practice and to explore further the complex challenges and theoretical, moral and ethical dilemmas for their professional decision-making.
A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.
Entry and Admissions
Usually within 1 semester, with 5 attendance days comprising 4 taught sessions and 1 day undertaking experiential and reflective learning, plus self-directed study time.
School of Social Work, Care and Community
No Partner College
This module is aimed at those working in mental health services, and who wish to develop further awareness and reflective skills. It is also suitable for people who are interested in mental health more broadly.
All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.
This module enables experienced practitioners to practice at an advanced level. It enables students to critically reflect on their existing mental health knowledge and practice and to explore further the complex challenges and theoretical, moral and ethical dilemmas for their professional decision-making. The module provides opportunities to enhance knowledge and understanding of changing legal and policy contexts.
Topics covered include:
• Understanding and reflecting on complex case management; relationship based practice, professional boundaries and collaborative practice, and personal and professional values and ethics in practice;
• Reflecting on autonomous and independent professional decision-making, diversity, discrimination, stigma, anti-oppressive practice and reflecting on the appropriate use of authority;
• Understanding therapeutic, legal, social and medical models and service users’ and carers’ perspectives as well as human rights and the promotion of social justice and equality
• Understanding of relevant concepts such as ‘evidence-based practice’, ‘critical reflection’ and ‘recovery’, and reflecting on concepts of ‘risk’ and need.
20 Credit Module at Level 7
Learning Environment & Assessment:
Short reflective ‘workbook’ and short presentation. Both relate to critical reflection on mental health.
Learning outcome & aims
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- Critically reflect on the skills and competence required for advanced mental health practice
- Critically explore the complex challenges in the delivery of mental health services
- Critically reflect on current practice and explore further the complex challenges and theoretical, moral and ethical dilemmas that arise
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the value and ethical bases underpinning advanced mental health practice
- Critically reflect on service users’ and carers’ experiences of mental health services
- Critically evaluate the conflicts and dilemmas in relation to mental health legislation and policy.
Industry links & professional accreditation
The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.
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Fees & Funding
You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
Fees 2018/19 and 2019/20: £725 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU))
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
How to Apply
Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.
Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408
This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.