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Course content

This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in mental health practice. You can expect to gain significant opportunities in continuing professional development by choosing to study modules relevant to the field you work in which can also be taken as short courses.

About the courses

Along with lectures and expert led clinics, you will also have regular small group seminars and tutorials, with the additional support of a personal tutor. This programme has a practical emphasis and also provides opportunities for additional attendance to short courses and conferences offered by the Department. You’ll have a choice of modules, excellent networking and peer support, and consistently positive feedback.

Why choose this course?

-The MSc Psychiatric Practice is a taught, master’s programme for clinicians, wishing to develop or extend practical skills, knowledge and experience in mental health practice.
-It has an emphasis on developing practical competencies; good diagnostic skills, appropriate and timely management of common mental health problems to reflect current trends in mental health practice.
-This programme is supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills demonstrations, clinical placements and conference presentations by academic staff and invited expert clinicians.

Professional Accreditations

The programme prepares specialist trainees for Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRC Psych).

Careers

International students should note that completion of one MSc Psychiatric Practice does not lead to registration to practice in the UK or endorse clinicians to consider themselves a specialist in Mental Health in the UK. This programme may be sufficient for practitioners to work as a specialist Mental Health practitioner in their country of origin, local requirements should be checked prior to commencing the programme.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including: interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures, seminars and workshops incorporating for example case studies, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics. Individual and group based tutorials. Skills based demonstrations / workshops and the use of technologies for example video, podcasts, and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching. These resources are supported by a well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access learning resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Structure

Year 1
Optional Modules
-Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Services
-Contemporary Mental Health Interventions
-Developing Skills and Competence in Psychiatric professional practice
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Evidence Based Practice - Classroom Based
-Expert Witness
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Health and Medical Education in the Workplace
-History of Psychiatry
-Mental Health Law
-Physical Health/Mental Health: What's the Connection
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences
-Recovery and Social Inclusion. Partnerships in Mental Health Care
-Service Improvement
-Service Improvement Project
-Strategies for Identifying and Managing Addictive Behaviours
-The Mind and the Skin
-Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice
-Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

Year 2
Optional Modules
-Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Services
-Contemporary Mental Health Interventions
-Developing Skills and Competence in Psychiatric professional practice
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Evidence Based Practice - Classroom Based
-Expert Witness
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Health and Medical Education in the Workplace
-History of Psychiatry
-Mental Health Law
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences
-Recovery and Social Inclusion. Partnerships in Mental Health Care
-Service Improvement Project
-Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice
-Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

Year 3
Optional Modules
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Expert Witness
-Mental Health Law
-Service Improvement Project

Visit the Psychiatric Practice - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

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