Understanding Mental Health Practice (SW4713)

Understanding Mental Health Practice (SW4713)

This module aims to support recently qualified practitioners to progress onto the AMHP training programme or to broaden their understanding of mental health practice.

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


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Five days comprising teaching and experiential learning, plus self-directed time required to complete assessment.

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: January (bespoke options for group bookings available)

Entry Requirements:

The module aims to support qualified practitioners who aim to consolidate and build on their knowledge and skills, including those who wish to progress onto the AMHP training programme.

The module is also aimed at any mental health practitioner wishing to explore basic understandings of mental health and to broaden their knowledge of key critical concepts and services.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level.

Course Content

The module aims to support recently qualified practitioners to progress onto the AMHP training programme or to broaden their understanding of mental health practice. The module will enable students to critically reflect on and consolidate their existing knowledge and skills in mental health practice. Students will be able to explore complex challenges of mental health legislation, policy and practice.

The module covers topics including:

  • Critical perspectives and contested contexts of mental disorder including service users’ and carers’ perspectives
  • Critical reflection on mental health legislation and policy
  • Values and ethics in relation assessment, compulsory detention and the functions of the AMHP
  • Multi-professional and inter-professional contexts and roles in mental health services
  • Understanding diversity, discrimination, stigma and anti-oppressive practice

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment

Written reflections and group presentation .

Academic Expertise

Jill Hemmington, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the skills and competence required to work in mental health practice
  • Critically explore the complex challenges in the delivery of mental health services
  • Critically evaluate the conflicts and dilemmas in relation to mental health legislation and policy
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the value and ethical bases underpinning AMHP practice
  • Critically reflect on service users’ and carers’ experiences of mental health services.

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.


Progression Routes

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Child Care Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Practice with Adults
Masters in Professional Development and Practice
Masters in Social Pedagogy Leadership

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd


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
Email: SFFTeam@uclan.ac.uk
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 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
Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk

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.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361

Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk