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Mental Health Interventions with Young People and Families (Autism and Learning Disabilities)

Module titleMental Health Interventions with Young People and Families (Autism and Learning Disabilities)
Module codePYCM088
Academic year2020/1
Credits20
Module staff

Dr Alex Boyd (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

2

8

Number students taking module (anticipated)

7

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will cover mental health interventions of young people and families, and builds on PYCM087 Assessment, Engagement and Formulation with Young People and Families (Autism and Learning Disabilities). Trainees will need to have completed the modules PYCM086 Autism-Learning Disability Core Knowledge and Skills and PYCM087 Assessment, Engagement and Formulation with Young People and Families (Autism and Learning Disabilities) to access this module. It provides an introduction to the broad principles of intervention response following assessment and the organisation of implementation teams in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Some topics are more generic and will be suitable for all trainees (for instance, generic competencies, post diagnostic support for families, environmental management. Other topics may be more suitable for more specialist trainees (for instance specific interventions for core features of ASD and commonly occurring comorbidities and associated problems).

It is important to note that since both ASD and LD are long-term conditions, intervention needs to be planned and phased so as to be effective, efficient and cost-effective. Is not possible for all families to have intervention all the time but with a stepped care model and an integrated approach along the lines of chronic care models, much can be achieved. The need for cost effectiveness and efficiency means that only interventions with good current evidence should be implemented and that the IAPT training should concentrate on re-orientating skill sets of CAMHS teams towards evidence-based practice. The module recommendations rely on the work of the NICE 2013 evidence review and recommendations (CG170).

Should your attendance fall below 80% on this module, you will not be able to pass the module and you will be required to repeat the module.

Module aims - intentions of the module

Implicit in the module is a collaborative team approach to setting agreed goal and action plans based on the individualised assessment profile, the child’s/young person’s and carers’ perspectives. Also, awareness of possibilities for a cascading, "task shifting" model for the transmission of high quality ASD core clinical competencies from consultants/ expert ASD/LD advisors/ senior specialist to local non-specialist providers (key workers, specialist nurses, Learning Support Assistants).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe specific models for post-diagnostic support for families
  • 2. Discuss models for key working and case management
  • 3. Knowledge and skills in adapting interventions for co-occurring conditions (e.g. anxiety, depression, ADHD) for those with ASD/LD
  • 4. Describe approaches in maintaining safety for those with ASD/LD
  • 5. Implement and facilitate specialist ASD/LD interventions targeting core deficits
  • 6. Facilitate the treatment and prevention of emotional, psychological and social aspects related to a young person’s mental health problems including using functional analysis
  • 7. Use a framework of interventions addressing core impairment in Autism and/or Learning Disability and managing functional impact.
  • 8. Understand models of training, supervision and consultation to work other professionals and staff in relation to supporting those with ASD/LD.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. Critique the wider ethical and professional issues encountered within autism and learning disability psychological therapy practice
  • 10. Define the therapy practice problems that may be framed within unpredictable contexts, and think critically, creatively, and independently

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 11. Reflect on personal practice, to set personal learning goals and evaluate progress
  • 12. Communicate understanding of theory and application to practice in written and verbal formats

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The module will be taught one day week through workshops and lectures with plenty of opportunities for discussion of clinical issues through simulation and problem-based learning. The module will cover:

  • case management and interventions when working with young people and families with ASD/LD;
  • how to adapt interventions, multi-agency working including training, consultation post diagnostic support.

All sessions will include reference to literature, including research into outcome as well as embedding knowledge in clinical case materials to ensure transferability of knowledge and learning.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
132680

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching77Teaching will be a combination of whole group lectures with small group work, combining didactic, experiential and discussion methods of teaching and learning aimed at increasing the knowledge of the participants (14 x 5.5 hours)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching55Small group tutorials – these will be used to debate and reflect upon salient practice issues
Guided independent study30Preparation of assignments
Guided independent study19Reading and preparation for workshops and tutorials
Guided independent study19Independent role playing/practice with colleagues or personal reflection to develop practice skills

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Video assessment of clinical skills via of video presentation in supervision20 minutes1-12Brief written summary

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
50050

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Case presentation (this assessment must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)3020 minutes 1-12Written
Video recording of competency skill in intervention (this assessment must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)30Up to 90 minutes in duration 1-12Written
Video recording of competency skill in intervention (this assessment must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)40n/a1-11Written
Supervisor’s report (this assessment must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)06000 wordsAllWritten
Practice portfolio, including reflective journal– this is an assessment of competency and is pass/fail only (this assessment must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)0

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Case presentationCase presentation or brief written summary of section of case presentation which requires revision (up to 2000 words)1-12Four weeks from feedback
Reflective journal (covering reflection of interventions)Reflective journal (covering reflection of interventions)1-12Four weeks from feedback
Supervisor’s reportSupervisor’s report1-11Four weeks from feedback
Practice portfolioPractice portfolio1-1212 weeks after written submission

Re-assessment notes

Four assessments are required for this module. In all cases re-assessment will be the same as the original assessment. Where you have been referred/deferred for any form of assessment detailed above you will have the opportunity to retake within the period specified above from the date that feedback was provided.

If you pass re-assessments taken as a result of deferral, your re-assessment will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment and the overall module mark will not be capped.

If you pass re-assessments taken as a result of referral (i.e. following initial failure in the assessment), the overall module mark will be capped at 50%.

If you fail re-assessments taken as a result of referral (i.e. following initial failure in the assessment), you will be failed in the module and as a consequence you will be failed in the programme and your registration as a student of the University will be terminated.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Autism in under 19s: recognition, referral and diagnosis, NICE guidelines [CG128] Published date: September 2011
  • Challenging behaviour and learning disabilities: prevention and interventions for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges, NICE guidelines [NG11] Published date: May 2015
  • Autism in under 19s: support and management, NICE guidelines [CG170] Published date: August 2013
  • Attwood, T. (2008) The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. Jessica Kingsley
  • Baron-Cohen, S. (2008) Autism and Asperger Syndrome – the Facts. Oxford University Press
  • Emerson, E., and Einfeld, S.L. (2011) Challenging Behaviour. Cambridge University Press
  • Emerson, E., Hatton, C., Dickson, K., Gona, R., Kaine, A., and Bromley, J. (2012) Clinical Psychology and People with Intellectual Disabilities. Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology
  • Grandin, T. (2014) The Autistic Brain. Rider
  • Todd, S. (2013) The Little Book of the Autism Spectrum. Crownhouse Publishing

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE page: https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=7829 (all resources will be made available on ELE. This includes additional material covered in the tutorials, the required readings, information about assessment and additional material.)
  • MindEd resources to supplement teaching  

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Autism Spectrum Conditions, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ASC, ASD, learning disability, LD Key Skills, CYP IAPT

Credit value20
Module ECTS

10

Module pre-requisites

PYCM086 Autism/Learning Disability Core Knowledge and Skills and PYCM087 Assessment, Engagement and Formulation with Young People and Families (Autism and Learning Disabilities)

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

7

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

30/01/2019

Last revision date

20/08/2020