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PSYC6126 Working psychologically with people with serious mental ill-health

Module Overview

This module aims to develop your competence in working psychologically with people with serious mental ill-health (SMI).

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Have a systematic knowledge of core and generic competencies - SMI
  • Know how to interrogate and critically appraise the evidence base - SMI
  • Critically evaluate clinical practice and develop CBT skills to a high level - SMI


• Core and generic competencies for working with people with psychosis, bipolar and personality disorder • Evidence for key self-management skills and cross-diagnostic interventions with these client groups • Role of key self-management skills and cross-diagnostic processes in the maintenance of wellbeing • Skills development in self-management skills and cross-diagnostic interventions

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods include lectures and workshops, which incorporate demonstrations, role-play, experiential learning and small group work. In addition, private study and assigned reading forms an important source of knowledge and understanding. We use a range of teaching and learning methods, and recognise that students have different preferred learning styles.

Independent Study75
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Bateman, A. & Krawitz, R. (2013). Borderline personality disorder: An evidence-based guide. 

Barlow, D. H., Farchione, T. J., Fairholme, C. P., Ellard, K. K., Boisseau, C. L., Allen, L. B., & May, J. T. E. (2010). Unified protocol for transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders: Therapist guide. 

Boardman, J. & Roberts, G (2014). Risk, safety and recovery. 

Kennerley, H., Kirk, J. & Westbrook, D. (2017). An introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy (3rd edition). 

Linehan, M. (2015). Cognitive behavioural treatment of borderline personality disorder (2nd edition). 

A competence framework for psychological interventions with people with psychosis and bipolar disorder.

A competence framework for psychological interventions with people with personality disorder.


Assessment Strategy

Knowledge and skills will be assessed by a range of methods, including essays, presentations, experiential work, therapy recordings, case reports and supervisor reports. University assessors are responsible for marking all summative assessments. University assessors include academic members of the CBT team as well as CBT practitioners who have been approved by the University.


MethodPercentage contribution
Case Reports  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case Reports 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Tuition Fees

Module Fee (UK/EU)

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

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