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July Open Day (2014) - UCL Division of Psychiatry

  • Are you interested in studying in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL?
  • Have you been offered a place on or do you plan to apply for the new MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research or MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences?
  • Would you like to meet some of the course staff on our new MScs?
  • Would you like to hear some more details about the modules on our new MScs?

The event will be taking place on 21st July between 13.30 and 17.00. 

We will be holding this event at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies building at 16 TAVITON STREET, LONDON, WC1H 0BW – room 347

Athena SWAN Silver Award

Clinical Mental Health

This double module will develop students’ understanding of the nature and characteristics of major mental health problems and of the principles and practicalities of their treatment. It is intended to bring students without substantial clinical experience to the starting point assumed by our “Current research” modules, and to provide a strong foundation for people to enter clinical and clinical research roles for the first time. It should also be good preparation for applications for further training.

Students who do not have a minimum of six months full time equivalent experience in a clinical mental health setting will be required to take this module: others may choose to do so if they wish, although it is probably not appropriate for most qualified mental health professionals.

So as to introduce students to a range of perspectives on mental health, teachers on the course will include service users, carers and clinicians from several professions. Teaching will be on 7 full days early in the course. There will also be a substantial online element, including videos, additional reading and various interactive exercises: students will be expected to spend substantial time on this between sessions in order to gain full benefit from this double module.

Module Contents

On seven successive full days and the accompanying online materials, the course will cover:

  1. Dementia
  2. Depression and anxiety
  3. Psychosis and bipolar disorder
  4. Intellectual disability and neurodevelopmental disorders (including autism)
  5. Other major mental health problems: personality disorders, eating disorders and drug and alcohol problems
  6. Communication and therapeutic relationships
  7. Mental health in context: service delivery and social networks

Students will learn both about the main characteristics of major mental health problems and the treatments that are offered, and about the lived experiences and self-management strategies of people who have mental health problems and their families and friends. There is a particular focus on introducing students to different modalities of psychological treatment, including classical CBT, brief therapies and stepped care, third wave therapies such as mindfulness-based CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, group work and family therapy.

Learning Outcomes

These are the intended learning outcomes for the module:

  • Students will be able to describe the main characteristics of psychosis and bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety, intellectual disabilities and other neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia.
  • Students will be able to comment on case histories, identifying the difficulties people may be experiencing and potential ways these might be addressed.
  • Students will develop a basic understanding of the main approaches to managing mental health problems, including the main psychological, social and physical approaches.
  • Students will be able to interpret formulations for case studies and to comment on the use of some important assessment tools in clinical practice.
  • Students will be able to comment on case histories regarding challenges encountered in engaging service users and approaches to maintaining effective therapeutic relationships with them.
  • Students will be familiar with the main trends in organisation of UK mental health services, and with key ethical and legal principles on which services are based.
  • Students will be able to discuss the main day to day challenges that people with mental health problems living in the community may be encountering.

Module Leaders

Our newly appointed Senior Lecturer in Clinical Mental Health Sciences, a senior clinical psychologist, will have a major role in this module – details to follow.

Dr Alexandra Pitman

Alexandra Pitman is a Clinical Research Fellow in the UCL Division of Psychiatry, currently doing post-doctoral work on risk factors for suicide. Her PhD investigated the impact of suicide bereavement on mental health and social functioning of young adults. She has recently published a major study based on her PhD in the Lancet, where it has provoked considerable interest.

Dr Angela Hassiotis 

Angela Hassiotis is a Reader in the Division of Psychiatry and Consultant in Camden and Islington NHS Trust in the field of intellectual disabilities. She has taken a lead at UCL and nationally in developing research on services and interventions for people with intellectual disabilities. She is a strong advocate for de-stigmatisation and the development of effective services for intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. One of her current major studies is the PBS trial of Positive Behaviour Support for challenging behaviour in intellectual disability, a multicentre trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

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