SS1838: Basic Intervention Skills

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 material 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.
Module Objective: The module aims to provide a theoretical and practical framework for students to develop essential brief intervention skills and the ability to make appropriate referrals to specialist services for those who are using harmfully or dependent on substances. The module will equip students with the knowledge and skills to conduct an initial assessment, comprehensive assessments and to develop shared care plans collaboratively with service users.
Module Content: The content includes an introduction to the helping relationship and basic helping skills from Carl Rogers person-centred theory to intervention with a focus on Egan's Skilled Helper model for problem management and opportunity development. There will be an introduction to professional boundaries, record keeping and the role of ethics. Students will examine the National Rehabilitation Framework protocols and will be introduced to the motivational interviewing skills necessary to deliver screenings and brief interventions and comprehensive assessments of substance misuse problems.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explain the key concepts of Egan's skilled Helper Model and Carl Roger's Person-Centred Approach;
  • Outline the motivational interviewing skills required to engage a service users including attending, open and friendly communication, reflective listening, supporting service user self-efficacy and autonomy;
  • Describe the essential tenets of professional practice, relevant policy and legislation and the codes of ethics for professionals including informed consent and confidentiality;
  • Screen and assess problem substance misuse and addiction and the burden of harm it presents for the individual, families, communities, and society, and match service users to the appropriate level of service provision;
  • Demonstrate an enhanced knowledge and awareness of contemporary models of screening and brief interventions and referral to treatment for problem substance misuse and addiction;
  • Critically examine and know how to apply in community-based settings the National Drug Rehabilitation Framework Protocols.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (3,000 word article review, 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).

University College Cork

Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh

College Road, Cork T12 K8AF