AD1056: Mental Health Policy and Practice

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 45.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 7 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 3 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 76hr(s) Other (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: Participants will develop an understanding of public mental health and become familiar with policy formation and implementation in relation to mental health in Ireland. Participants will explore good practice in mental health promotion and suicide prevention across a range of services and community based initiatives.
Module Content: Mental heatlh policy: a Whole Population approach across the life-span; social determinants of mental health; mental health legislation; community based services, intitiatives / organisations, public health and mental health promotion.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Develop an understanding of broad-based approaches to mental health as a public health issue.
  • iIentify key social policy that relates to mental health in Ireland.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the determinants of mental health and the requirements of specific populations across the life-span.
  • Consider the principle of 'doing with communities' in promoting good practice in mental health.
  • Identify community based services, initiatives, interventions and programmes across the life span.
  • Trace current policy and organisational developments in mental healthcare in Ireland.
  • Debate the role of the user perspective in contemporary health policy.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Poster Presentation: co-produce and Activity to promote and change initiative in mental health in your community, 100 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. (as per University College Cork policy requiring 100% attendance).
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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