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NPMH3003 Behaviour that Challenges

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Outline theories of normal and abnormal personality development.
  • Analyse the significance of the therapeutic relationship in improving the wellbeing of a person who portrays behaviour that challenges.
  • Articulate the role of the nurse in providing care for a person who portrays behaviour that challenges.
  • Discuss the role of reflection and supervision in providing effective care.
  • Debate the contribution of policy and ethics to providing person-centred values based practice.
  • Critically discuss contemporary ethical, legal, professional and philosophical influences on the nature of person-centred values based practice care


• Theories of normal and abnormal personality development • Personality disorders, e.g. borderline personality disorder • Attachment in children and young people • Learning disabilities and forensic mental health • Therapeutic use of self within clear boundaries to establish an effective working relationship • Risk assessment and positive risk management • Managing challenging behaviour, e.g. verbal and physical • Self-harm • Substance misuse • Effects of abuse and managing those who abuse • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Chain Analysis • Legal and ethical aspects of care in forensic psychiatry • Group work • Reflection and supervision

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, skills workshops and seminars Student presentations and case discussions Directed study Self-directed study

Practical classes and workshops10
Independent Study137
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Total study time187

Resources & Reading list

Roberts M (2015). Critical thinking and Reflection for Mental Health Students. 

Walker S, Carpenter D & Middlewick Y (2013). Assessment and Decision Making in Mental Health Nursing. 

Thompson M, Hooper C, Laver-Bradbury C & Gale C (2012). Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Theory and Practice. 

Walker S (2014). Engagement and Therapeutic Communication. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Professional conversation  (15 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Professional conversation  (15 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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