Issues and Debates on Diagnostics and Medication in Mental Health - Level 6 - 6CL501

About this module

Psychotherapists and counsellors need to be able to communicate with psychiatrists, other members of mental health teams and medical staff in primary care and other medical settings. In addition practitioners are often required to give opinions in a legal context. Furthermore the psychological literature uses diagnostic classification as the basis for empirical research.

It is therefore imperative that psychotherapists and counsellors are able to make use of diagnostic classifications in order to communicate accurately and use the literature to inform practice. Psychotherapists and counsellors will also regularly come into contact with clients who are taking or may require a joint medication and psychological psychotherapeutic approach. It is therefore important that a working knowledge of prescribed medications and psychopharmacology is acquired.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Course code: - Module code: 6CL501

Start dates are usually: September and January

Module level: Level 6

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the use ICD 10 and DSM 4 in order to identify a range of psychological and emotional disorders.
  2. Critically analyse the modes of action and interactions of commonly used medications for psychopathology.
  3. Critically analyse the aetiology and treatment of specific psychopathologies.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study this course via online learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992
E: lbr@derby.ac.uk

Or visit www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703
E: hsc@derby.ac.uk