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PSY8065 : Values, Diversity and Context

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Claire Lomax
  • Demonstrator: Miss Lauren Scorer
  • Lecturer: Miss Zoe Lambert
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Mixed Location
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to develop students’ awareness of concepts around diversity, inclusion and multi-culturalism. It will equip students with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and competencies to operate in an inclusive values driven mental health service. It will also develop their understanding around the complexities of people’s health, social and occupational needs and the services which can support recovery. The module is also designed to support students’ self-reflection and clinical decision-making and their ability to effectively use supervision.

Outline Of Syllabus

The curriculum will comprise the following:

• Impact of values (service user’s and therapist’s) upon mental health difficulties and interventions
• Development and operation of non-discriminatory practice
• Impact of society upon mental health difficulties, particularly in regard to the experience of minority groups
• Impact of diversity on practice and associated accommodation (e.g., through use of translation services)
• Impact of the power relationship upon therapeutic contact and associated accommodation associated with this (e.g., collaborative strategies)
• Clinical case management skills.
• Use of supervision in the implementation of therapeutic approaches, understanding and acting within the limits of personal competence.
• Skills and competencies associated with networking/working collaboratively with other agencies.
• Delivering employment and social advice
• Mapping, understanding and critically appraising the matrix of other agencies including community, statutory and voluntary service provision.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion281:0028:00
Placement/Study AbroadClinical Training341:0034:00Present in person: University-set activity undertaken on placement (delivered to by NHS protocols)
Placement/Study AbroadClinical Training221:0022:00Sync online: University-set activity on placement (delivered remotely according to NHS protocols)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00Synchronous online - Workshops will involve multiple teaching methods
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops183:0054:00Present in person - Workshops will involve multiple teaching methods.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study561:0056:00Includes PIP & remote role-play practice, set reading/engagement with other clinical resources
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

• Didactic segments in present in person and online workshops used to establish a learning framework for the development of knowledge and understanding.
• Small group work within online workshops, to provide opportunities for interaction, role play skills practice, discussion and clarification in support of learning in selected areas. To include both remote and present in person to reflect the post-covid 19 needs of the NHS.
• Guided independent study and clinical training supported by the provision of targets and to expand knowledge and understanding through active and task-based learning.
• On-going clinical supervision provided on placement to ensure theory becomes embedded in practice.

Contingency planning: In the event of further covid-19 outbreaks the teaching and assessments will be delivered remotely.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M100A 1500 word reflective essay based on the use of supervision in regard to the case used in the oral presentation.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Oral PresentationMPlanning scenario/presentation dictated by commissioning body, delivered PIP 15mins (20 max) pres + 10mins for questions.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MRehearsal of the diversity presentation (PIP)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay is reflective in nature. This assesses abilities linked to structuring, consolidating and presenting clinical material as well as academic content. It also assesses the students’ ability to reflect and develop through clinical experience.

Students will deliver a 15 minute presentation, based on the assessment and treatment plan linked to a diverse case that has been a part of their caseload on placement. This will assess the skills outcomes linked to the module through a description of relevant clinical practice. It also assesses the students’ ability to perform an oral presentation tailored appropriately to an audience (which is part of the qualified PWP role).

In order to pass the module, students are required to successfully pass both elements of the assessment.

All skills outcomes are also assessed on placement which determines whether embedding skills in the service environment has occurred (see placement PSY8066).

Assessments are required to be within the scope determined by the BPS national curriculum.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment is a rehearsal for the diversity presentation with students receiving qualitative feedback afterwards.

Contingency planning: In the event of further covid-19 outbreaks the teaching and assessments will be delivered remotely.

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