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Professional course

Dual Diagnosis: Substance Misuse and Mental Health

20 credit, level 3 and Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
UZZRQ8203
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside
Course director:
Richard Edwards

Page last updated 19 September 2017

Introduction

On successful completion of this Dual Diagnosis - Substance Misuse and Mental Health, 20 credit, level 3 module you will be able to:

  • Define the term dual diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of national policies, frameworks, guidance and evidence based practice for practitioners working with dual diagnosis.
  • Discuss the inter-relationship between mental health and substance misuse.
  • Critically analyse the integrated treatment model and its application to practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of working with those who have a dual diagnosis, their families and carers. This may include recovery capital, challenging stigma, legal and ethical aspects of care and partnership working.

And Masters level module (UZZRSM-20-M):

  • Interrogate the policy context and imperatives underpinning the notion of Dual. Diagnosis, from a national and international perspective.
  • Critically evaluate the interrelationship between mental disorders and substance misuse.
  • Critically evaluate evidence underpinning care provision for people with both mental disorders and substance use.
  • Critically evaluate the utilisation of assessment and risk management tools and evidence based interventions in planning effective care for people with both mental disorders and substance use.
  • Critically review the skills required to work with this client group in developing high quality care.

Use the prices and dates tab to apply online.

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • one year plus experience working in any area of substance misuse work or mental health work
  • 60 credits at level 2 in a related area or equivalent

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

Level 3

  • BSc(Hons) Professional Development
  • BSc (Hons) Specialist Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Studies

Masters level

  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Specialist Practice
  • MSc Professional Development

Structure

Content

This module has an emphasis on the integration of substance misuse interventions into co-existing mental health care delivery. It does cover common co-existing conditions, but does not cover standalone mental health diagnosis and interventions.

The aim of the module is to improve your knowledge and confidence to deliver improved holistic client centred integrated care.

The module includes a two day clinical placement of your choice, which you will need to organise, which will support your own identified learning needs.

The syllabus will cover the following:

  • Outline alcohol and drug prevalence in the UK, reasons for use, the progression of dependency, and the desired and undesired effects of alcohol and drugs.
  • Define dual diagnosis, the relationship between mental health and substance use.
  • Examine common co-existing mental health and substance misuse presentations, which include cannabis and psychosis, alcohol and mood , stimulant and novel psychoactive substances (Legal Highs)
  • Assessment, screening tools and brief interventions
  • An integrated approach covering medical, social, psychosocial and psychotherapeutic aspects of care. Frameworks will include the Cognitive-Behavioural Integrated Treatment Approach (C-BIT) from the UK and the New Hampshire Model of Integrated Care from the US.
  • An evidence informed approach, framed by a stage-wise model. This would will include engagement strategies, building motivation for change, active treatment and relapse prevention. Harm reduction/minimisation as a risk management strategy; therapeutic risk taking.
  • Pharmacological interventions.
  • National guidance, such as NICE guidelines and national policies.
  • Collaborative working with users and carers/significant others.
  • Explore the integration of recovery capital and peer working into mental health services
  • Legal and ethical aspects of care delivery, supervision, outcome measurements and service innovation.

Learning and Teaching

A variety of approaches will be used which may include:

  • Practice experience
  • Clinical skills
  • Workshops
  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Enquiry based learning
  • Case based learning

Study time

A total of 48 hours in the form of seminars, lectures and online activities which will enhance classroom learning.

Assessment

Level 3

The summative assessment is a 3000 word written assignment. It is a reflective piece which will, be based on a clinical case(s) who present with a dual diagnosis. Incorporated in this will be a critical evaluation of the key theoretical components and its application to your clinical case.

It should have recommendations for future individual or service development.

National and international policies and guidelines, partnership working, evidence based outcomes, the challenge of stigma, and ethical issues should be considered and discussed.

Masters Level

The summative assessment is a 15 minute presentation and 5 minutes of questions based on a case study, maximising the application of evidence based interventions covered in this module.

You will discuss and critically evaluate key theoretical components and its application to your clinical case. The presentation should robustly critique the evidence frameworks presented and demonstrate thoughtful application and adaptation to their case study.

Plus a 1000 word supporting paper complimenting the presentation incorporating national and international evidence informed interventions, policies and guidelines should be integrated and critically appraised. 

This supporting paper will reflect on your innovation in practice and personal development.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

Please see our timetable for full date information. 

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

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