Training Modules

Module 1

Mental health practice in the community

Learning hours: 20 – 40

Subjects: 

  1. Policy and services framework for mental health in local and European community
  2. Ethics and respect in community mental health practice
  3. Continuing personal and professional development and prevention of professional burnout

Module aims: This module aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the framework within which mental health service are delivered. It focuses on systems, roles and responsibilities within the current legal and policy context in local and European community. The module also explores sources of rights for service users and informal carers and the role of advocacy in promoting rights. It also aims to enable students to identify service provision for mild to moderate mental health problems in community as well as to practice ethically and prevent from professional burnout

Learning outcomes. At the end of this module student will be able to:

  1. Know the legal and current policy framework for mental health in local and European community
  2. Know the service framework for mental health
  3. Identify service provision for mild to moderate mental health problems
  4. Recognize and understand the rights and aspirations of service users and their families
  5. Provide care that is accountable to service users within the boundaries prescribed by national (professional) codes of ethical practice
  6. Keep up-to date with changes in practice
  7. Understand psychological and social effects of professional burnout
  8. Apply methods of professional burnout prevention

Module II

Mental health intervention

Learning hours: 15 – 30

Subject:

  1. Mental health intervention methods (CBT, sleep hygiene, exposure therapy, problem solving, change management etc. – to be chosen by each country)

Module aims: The module aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the diversity of needs of people with mental health problems and the importance of an individual approach to exploring options for interventions. It also focuses on key principles for supporting individuals including enabling self-management wherever possible. The term “intervention” is explored in its widest sense and is relevant to the promotion of mental health in all settings, not just specialist mental health services. This module also aims to provide the learner with an understanding of different ways in which change may impact on individuals and how to support individuals through a change process. Change management is shown as one of the mental health interventions.

Learning outcomes. At the end of this module student will be able to:

  1. Understand the needs of people with mental health problems
  2. Understand the strength and limitations of the main interventions in mental health
  3. Know the key principles and factors that underpin the choice of mental health interventions
  4. Understand the different ways in which individuals may react to change
  5. Apply an active approach in supporting service users or carers to manage change

Module III

Crisis intervention and risk management

Learning hours: 15 – 30

Subjects: 

  1. Crisis intervention
  2. Risk management

Module aims: This module aims to provide the learner with an understanding of key principles  and models of crisis intervention. It also focuses on risk management process within a mental health context.

Learning outcomes: At the end of this module student will be able to:

  1. Know the key principles and models of crisis intervention
  2. React to critical situation of individuals and groups and provide basic support
  3. Understand how to work within a risk management process

Module IV

Community project

Learning hours: 15 – 30

Subject: 

  1. Planning, implementing and evaluating mental health care, support and/or interventions to individual service users and communities. 

Module aims: This module aims to provide the learners with an understanding of the general principles and processes involved in care planning as well as the methodology of planning, implementing and evaluating community projects.

Learning outcomes. At the end of this module student will be able to:

  1. Understand how to work within the care and support planning process
  2. Understand how to plan, implement and evaluate community project

Module V

Mental health promotion and behaviour change.

Learning hours: 15 – 25

Subjects: 

  1. Mental heath promotion
  2. Behaviour change 

Module aims:  This module aims to provide the learner with an understanding of key principles of mental health promotion as well as focuses on the range of factors that can influence mental well-being and how to effectively promote mental well-being and mental health with individuals and groups in variety of contexts, not just specialists mental health services. It also considers the role of mental health promotion in behaviour change process and the importance of life-style in promotion of mild-moderate mental health problems.

Learning outcomes: At the end of this module student will be able to:

  1. Understand the key principles of mental health promotion practice
  2. Know how to implement an effective strategy for promoting mental well-being and mental health with individuals and groups
  3. Understand the process of behaviour change
  4. Understand the importance of life-style in mental health promotion

Module VI

Economic and social impact of mild to moderate mental health problems in the community

Learning hours: 15 – 25

Subject: 

  1. Economic and social consequences of mild to moderate mental health issues to the community 

Module aims: This module aims to provide the learner with an understanding the different ways in which mental health problems impact on the individual and others in their social network. It also considers the economic consequences of mental ill health in community as well as the benefits of early intervention in promoting mental health and well-being. 

Learning outcomes: At the end of this module student will be able to:

  1. Know the impact of mental ill health on individuals and others in their social networks
  2. Know the impact of mental ill health on economy and wider environment 

Module VII

Psychological and medical nature of mental health problems

Learning hours: 15 – 25

Subject: 

  1. Psychological and medical aspects  of mental health, mental well-being and its factors 

Module aims: This module aims to provide the learner with knowledge of the main forms of mental health problems according to the psychiatric classification system. Learners also consider the strengths and limitations of this model and look at alternative framework for understanding mental distress. The focus of the model is on distinguishing mild, moderate and severe mental health problems. It also aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the key concepts of mental well-being and mental health.

Learning outcomes: At the end of this module student will be able to:

  1. Know the main forms of mental ill health
  2. Distinguish mild, moderate and severe mental health problems
  3. Understand the different views on the nature of mental well-being and mental health and the factors that may influence both across the life span

Module VIII

Team work and interpersonal skills

Learning hours: 15 – 25

Subjects:

  1. Interpersonal skills and local community animation
  2. Effective team work and conflict management 

Module aims: This module aims to enable the learner to use effective communication skills to develop and sustain relationships with service users, carers and colleagues. It also looks at how to support service users in building and managing their social network because the strength of an individual’s social network is a key factor in maintaining mental health. The unit also aims to provide the learner with an understanding of what they need to do to contribute to effective team working. It focuses on the common barriers that prevent effective team working and aims to enable learners to overcome barriers and promote positive working relationships.

Learning outcomes: At the end of this module student will be able to:

  1. Understand key principles for communication and relationships in mental health work
  2. Apply effective communication skills in building and sustaining relationships in mental health work with individuals and carers
  3. Understand how to support individuals in their relationships
  4. Use interpersonal skills in activating individuals and groups
  5. Understand how to contribute to an effective team working environment
  6. Apply strategies to promote effective team and joint working

Module IX

Supervision

Learning hours: 15 – 25

Subject: 

  1. Supervision in mental health practice 

Module aims: This module aims to provide the learner with an understanding of key principles and models of supervised practice.

Learning outcomes: At the end of this module student will be able to:

  1. Understand key principles of supervised practice
  2. Apply different models of supervision depending on the situation

Module X

Social care institutions and organizations

Learning hours: 15 – 25

Subjects:

  1. Functions and tasks of non-governmental institutions
  2. Institutions and organizations of social support 

Module aims: This module aims to provide the learner with an understanding of functions and tasks of non-governmental organizations with particular emphasis on organizations operating in the area of social care. It also focuses on functions and tasks of social support institutions and organizations.

Learning outcomes: At the end of this module student will be able to:

  1. Understand functions and tasks of non-governmental organizations operating in the area of social care
  2. Understand functions and tasks of social support institutions and organizations
  3. Support individuals in getting access to social care and social support institutions

 

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