SS2830: An Introduction to Working with Dual-Diagnosis

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, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, HSE South Addiction Services staff; UCC Lecturing staff.
Module Objective: To provide an introduction to the critical issues impacting on a particular substance misuse and addiction service user population: Individuals with the co-occuring disorders of substance misuse and mental health problems.
Module Content: Students will explore the interface of substance misuse/addiction and common forms of mental illness. They will be introduced to the key identifiable features of those identified with a dual-diagnosis. They will be provided with an overview of the various types of mental illness that present in an addiction setting, including depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, psychosis and bi-polar affective personality disorders. An emphasis will be places on the bio-psychological model and other emergent models of contemporary care provision in the community for service users with psychiatric substance misuse disorders. Consideration will be given to the influence of alcohol and drugs on suicidal ideation/risk and suicide completion.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Understand the reciprocal relationship between alcohol, drugs and mental health;
  • Define the common forms of mental illness;
  • Articulate a clear understanding of what dual -diagnosis is;
  • Understand how psychological and psychiatric services are configured and delivered with an emphasis on community-based support treatments;
  • Discuss the treatment issues critical for this cohort of mental health, substance misuse and addiction service users;
  • Critically analyse current dual-diagnosis models/services in Ireland.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (3,000 word essay (excluding references), 80 marks; Engagement in online activities as prescribed by the course tutor, 20 marks).
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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