This course provides participants with a practical awareness of the main groups of mental health symptoms and how they relate to each other in the real world outside of the textbooks. We also consider the basics of personality disorders and the effects of substance misuse upon mental health.
The Stress & Vulnerability model of mental disorder combines both the medical model and social model approaches and provides an easily understandable, common sense explanation of practical mental health needs. The focus is upon what to do and how to do it without getting bogged down by jargon and psychiatric theory. The theory matters but so does practical day to day care and support.
This session will not make participants experts in mental health care and treatment but it will help them to make sense of what they see. They will be able to recognise problems as they arise, to provide basic care and, above all, they will know when and how to seek further help.
Concentrating on practice rather than esoteric theories and philosophies this introductory course provides a basic understanding of different conditions, how to spot them and what to do about them. The emphasis is very definitely upon practical steps to reduce harm and prevent relapse.
The course covers:
Attitudes to mental health and disorder?
The ‘stress & vulnerability’ model of mental health and disorder
Classifying mental disorder – (anxiety, depression and psychosis)
Personality disorder – focus on problems but understand the personality.
From anxiety to depression and psychosis – a progression of problems
Working with anxiety, depression and psychosis
What recovery really means
Why good support workers and care assistants are so vital
‘Expressed Emotion (EE)’ and the invalidating environment
When (and how) to get help
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