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PSIO2033 Healthy Discussions

Module Overview

The module aims to develop knowledge and skills that serve to promote and maintain health by: promoting patient engagement with healthcare; encouraging patients to take more responsibility for their own health; and enhancing motivation for sustained health behaviour change. The Department of Health has recognised that health professionals have many opportunities to engage with individuals and propose that health should be promoted at every patient contact. The focus of the module therefore will be on developing skills that can be used both opportunistically as well as with help seeking patients. The module takes an interpersonal perspective on patient engagement and motivation and explores how a health professional’s behaviour influences outcome. You will have the opportunity to explore your attitudes and beliefs and evaluate how your behaviour can assist or undermine engagement and change. The module also provides opportunities to practice some of the skills involved in evidence–based approaches such as motivational interviewing.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

By the end of the module you will be able to: 1. Describe the key components of a helpful ‘therapeutic’ relationship. 2. Describe a range of skills derived from such methods as motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy. 3. Describe how these skills (above) may be integrated into clinical practice and the rationale for doing so 4. Have practised a range of skills, which aim to promote engagement with healthcare and enhance patient motivation for sustained health behaviour change with a focus on physical activity/exercise. 5. Articulate fundamental client language cues that provide immediate feedback and allow continued on-going learning in practice. 6. Reflect critically on approaches taken to promote engagement and motivation in your own practice. Learning outcomes must be achievable by students within the time available and at the level the students are at. The learning outcome of a module of study should link back closely to, and be consistent with, the aims.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the key components of a helpful ‘therapeutic’ relationship.
  • Describe a range of communication skills derived from such methods as motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • Describe how the skills above may be integrated into clinical practice and the rationale for doing so with a focus on physical activity and exercise
  • Have practised a range of person-centred communication skills (e.g. empathic listening) which aim to promote engagement with healthcare and enhance patient motivation for sustained health behaviour change
  • Articulate fundamental language cues that provide immediate feedback from clients/patients during consultations and that allow continued learning in practice.
  • Reflect critically on approaches taken to promote engagement and motivation in your own practice.

Syllabus

Indicative content • Humanistic psychology – skills from client-centred counselling, self-determination theory • Motivational interviewing – theory, research, skills and integration within routine practice • Cognitive-behavioural informed strategies • Working with small groups and/or families to promote health and encourage health behaviour change • Self-reflection on practice, values and attitudes • Health benefits of physical activity including structured exercise

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Short lectures • Video analysis • Experiential and skills building exercises with opportunities for feedback and coaching • Discussion • Simulated clinical interview: During the module, students will be encouraged to record a simulated clinical interview lasting approximately 15 minutes with an actor from the Patient Simulation Programme (organised and managed by the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust). This will provide an opportunity to try out some of the skills that they learn through the module. Students will then systematically analyse the skills used and the strength of the relationship they form with their ‘patient’. The reflection serves to highlight strengths and serves to inform on-going development needs. • Blackboard based directed study tasks (skills exercises, quizzes and reflections on video clips) that students undertake prior to and after teaching sessions to prepare, consolidate and develop understanding/skills. • Assessment briefing (academic level specific)

TypeHours
Lecture10
Wider reading or practice57.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Completion of assessment task10
Practical classes and workshops20
Follow-up work60
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Lundahl BW, Kunz C, Brownell C, Tollefson D and Burke BL (2010). A meta-analysis of motivational interviewing: Twenty-five years of empirical studies.. Research on Social Work Practice. ,20 , pp. 137-160.

Miller, W. R., & Moyers, T., B. (2007). Eight stages in learning motivational interviewing. Journal of Teaching in the Addictions. ,5 , pp. 3 to 17.

Vansteenkiste, M. (2006). There's nothing more practical than a good theory: integrating motivational interviewing and self-determination theory. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. ,45 , pp. 63-82.

Apodaca, T. R., & Longabaugh, R. (2009). Mechanisms of change in motivational interviewing: a review and preliminary evaluation of the evidence.. Addiction. ,104 , pp. 705-715.

Hagger, M.S. & Chatzisarantis NLD (2007). Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Exercise and Sport. 

Miller, W. R., Rollnick, S. (2013). Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change. 

Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2009). Ten things that motivational interviewing is not. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. ,37 , pp. 129-140.

Miller, W. R., & Rose, G. S. (2009). Toward a theory of motivational interviewing. American Psychologist. ,64 , pp. 527-537.

Truax, C. B., & Carkhuff, R. R. (2008). Toward Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy: Training and Practice. 

Assessment

Formative

Experiential and skills building exercises

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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