APPLYING FAMILY INTERVENTIONS TO PRACTICE FOR PSYCHOSIS AND BIPOLAR DISORDER - 2021/2
Module code: NURM183
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The is the first of two modules which form a Foundation Course in Family Interventions for Adults. Successful completion of both modules as specified for that course (Introduction to Family Interventions & Applying Family Interventions to Practice for Psychosis) achieves accreditation for the student by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice at Foundation Level). It is jointly owned and delivered by the university and Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust.
The module will build on the Introduction to family interventions module to develop knowledge, critical understanding and practice skill in systemic family therapy and family work/management interventions as they apply to the work with families where one or more members experience psychosis.
School of Health Sciences
BIRTWELL Robert (Health Sci.)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: B741
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Personal Tutorial Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Lecture Hours: 36
Crosses academic years
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Applicants will need to be employed in a NHS secondary care setting to work with people who experience psychosis or bipolar disorder and have at least two years’ experience in such work. They must have the support have the support of their employer and professional lead to complete the module. The module will only be open to those who have completed attendance of the Introduction to Family Interventions module.
Indicative content includes:
Systemic and Family Intervention skills
Keeping family sessions safe
Working with couples; Talking about sexuality
Attachment and loss as framework for understanding family distress, and relationship between family and teams.
Talking with families about symptoms and attributions to illness; problem-solving. Symptoms in the session.
Exploring collaborative and dialogical practices with multi-stressed families; co-morbidity; solution-informed ideas
Understanding children’s needs and therapeutic engagement
Working with siblings
Working with children of parents with mental health difficulties and their parents
Ethics of practice;
Safeguarding children and adults
Thinking with families about the future, recovery and mapping new narratives; early warning signs; trauma of illness; crisis planning
Therapeutic endings, evaluating the work with families
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||3,000 word analysis of learning and family intervention skills accompanied by an audio recording of a FI session||100|
|Pass/Fail competencies||Log of Practice Work and Supervision||Pass/Fail|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate sufficient knowledge, understanding and practice skills to work therapeutically with a family where a member experiences psychosis or bipolar disorder.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of two parts:
- a log of practice work and supervision, in which the student demonstrates the competent use of family intervention skills with two families. This will record supervision attendance, and include two case reports of 1,000 words each showing the application of FI skills. One of these will be of work with a family where one member experiences psychosis, the other bipolar disorder.
This element is: Pass/Fail.
- a 3,000 word analysis of learning and family intervention skills, accompanied by an audio recording of a FI session. The written work will have two, linked, sections:
- a 1,000 word critical analysis of the recorded session analysing the interventions used and understanding gained during the session.
- A 2,000 word discussion and analysis of learning in FIs gained during the course.
a partial draft of one of the written pieces, submitted two weeks prior to an arranged tutorial and discussed at that tutorial.
At least one tutorial, during which the summative reflection on learning may be discussed.
During supervision sessions (including a formative assessment roughly way through the supervision process)
During class discussion
- This module aims to support the acquisition, consolidation and application in practice of family intervention skills and understanding, as applied to families where one or more members experience psychosis, or other health challenges.
|001||Apply in practice and analyse with reference to key research findings the use of a range of approaches derived from systemic and behavioural or cognitive-behavioural family work theory to form a collaborative exploration and shared understanding with families of their situation, and interventions to enable them in addressing their goals||KCPT|
|002||Demonstrate an ability to use ethical decision making, especially in relation to safeguarding, confidentiality and consent, including a knowledge of the AFT code of ethics.||KCPT|
|003||Use an awareness of own family, cultural and professional experience and the similar experiences of clients, families and teams to develop a reflective understanding of their personal and professional growth, their own position, and the relationships that are formed with clients, families and within teams||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Enable students to acquire and apply skills in family interventions.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Specific reading for each teaching day and whole class discussion of that reading
- Lectures to introduce models, skills, and evidence
- Class discussion
- Role play of practice situations to develop skills
- Experiential group work to enable self reflection and development of understanding.
- Personal reflective log
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.