AP5822: Adults' Challenging Behaviours

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 25, Max 30.
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: 4 x 4hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 4hr(s) Other (observation exercises); 1 x 4hr(s) Other (student case presentations)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Ace.
Module Objective: To provide participants with an in-depth theoretical and experiential knowledge of the challenging behaviours that parents manifest within the family and the impact of these on the parents' and their children's wellbeing. Methods of identifying, assessing, intervening, monitoring and evaluating of interventions for parents' troubled and troubling behaviours will be taught to the participants.
Module Content: The theories and practices on the types, origins and endurance of parents' challenging behaviours; The influence of the unconsciuos and sub-conscious on parents' challenging responses; The creative intentions of parents' defensive reactions; The impact of labelling and medication on the defensive behaviours; the effects of parents' challenging behaviours on their own and on their children's wellbeing; Examination of approaches to parents' challenging responses and the development of problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify and explain the nature and many types of parents' challenging behaviours.
  • Distinguish between defensive behaviours that are intrapsychic and extrapsychic in nature.
  • Describe and explain the protective intentions of parents' challenging behaviours and the impact of these responses on a family's wellbeing.
  • Design observational and other assessment methods for parents' defensive responses.
  • Design and implement appropriate interventions for specific challenging behaviours and know how to monitor and evaluate such interventions.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word essay).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% 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% 80% attendance which is monitored by a class register.
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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