Online course details

UK/EU fee

£840 (2022/23)

International fee

£840 (2022/23)

Course level

Level 6

Course credits

20 credits

Next course date

26 September 2022 or 29 May 2023

Duration

10 weeks

Delivery

Tutored online learning

Location

Online

Online course description

If applying for the September 2022 intake:
Application deadline is 17 August and term starts 26 September, so apply now.

In studying this course you will learn about how all people can experience a range of different forms and degrees of emotional and psychological distress and disorder. There is an even wider range of historically, politically, socially, and culturally informed ways of making sense of this experience.

You will study a range of the issues and debates in how we have, and now do, diagnose and then treat people. In addition, the course will also enable you to critically reflect on your work role and your workplace and on how you and your colleagues can work with people who experience distress and disorder in a facilitating way.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse a range of different ways of making sense of complex forms of emotional, physical and psychological distress
  2. Critically evaluate the possible causes of, and treatments for people who experience specific distress, disorders or psychopathologies
  3. Critically reflect upon your role, when using insights from CBT approaches to therapeutically support people who are considered to have a mental disorder

Course content

During this course you will work with learners from different health, nursing and social care courses in order to study a range of what we may currently term mental and emotional distress or disorder. 

You will pay particular attention to a range of historical and cultural ways in which humans have identified and categorised these areas of experience, and reasons why we may have done so. 

You will study mainstream approaches such as DSM (APA 2013) and ICD (WHO 2010), alongside ideas from critical psychology and anti-psychiatry.  Within these you will consider issues around power, diversity, equality and personal (as opposed to just clinical) recovery. 

You will analyse a wide range of ideas about what may cause different disorders and distress and an even wider range of possible treatments, medications and therapies that may treat, help and support people in different ways. 

Finally, you will make sense of what you have learnt in terms of a specific workplace setting.  You will focus on information sharing, risk assessment and management, and also referral and signposting. 

Benefits

Offset course credits towards another qualification

Once you’ve completed this course you may be able to offset the 20 credits towards our online Integrative Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) Top-Up or the Nursing Studies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons). This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.

UK/EU fee: £840

International fee: £840

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Course requirements

You will:

English language qualification

You'll also normally require one of the following English language qualifications:

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

We may accept other equivalent English Language qualifications with supporting evidence so please provide full details with your application.

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply now

For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Who will teach you

Lecturer Robert Maxwell-Jones

Robert Maxwell-Jones
Programme leader

Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy with a focus on online learning, Robert Maxwell-Jones previously worked in the university as an Online Learning Adviser which has enabled him to develop a very student focussed approach to teaching. He teaches across a range of Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural and Clinical Supervision Programmes.

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