SS1837: Diverse Client Presentations

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 17, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: 4 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 6hr(s) Workshops; 2 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 4hr(s) Other (on-line discussion on Blackboard); Other (set reading materials for discussion at tutorials; set course work)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Psychology; Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, HSE South Addiction Services, UCC Lecturing Staff.
Module Objective: Students will grasp the complex nature of substance misuse and addiction service provision to a diverse range of service users. This module will evaluate current theoretical models of understanding process or behavioural addictions and the treatment approaches derived from these models. Student will assess the utility of these models and approaches when working with process and behavioural addiction including eating distress and other psychological problems and behaviours.
Module Content: Students will be introduced to pathological gambling and available treatment approaches. Sexual addiction, Internet addiction, shopping addiction and other non-substance related problematic behaviours will be explored. Students will examine the interface of substance misuse, addiction and the concepts underpinning cross addiction. Eating distress, addiction and crime, addiction and trauma, addiction and personality disorders and the various types of service provision will be examined.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Understand the criteria for identifying problem gambling and responding to service users in need of support;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the similarities and differences between psychoactive substance misuse, behavioural addictions and other psychological problems and behaviours;
  • Articulate the similarities and differences between impulse control disorders, behavioural addictions, eating disorders, personality disorders, criminality and substance addictions;
  • Know how to respond helpfully to those affected by behavioural addictions, trauma and other psychological problems and behaviours;
  • Articulate awareness of the potential for cross-addiction how this influences practice;
  • Discuss the issues of contention around the concept of addiction.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (3,000 word essay excluding references).
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%.
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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