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Foundations in Working with Dual Diagnosis Module

Learn about the course below
Code
Level 6 MHR 3620
Level 7 MHR 4620
Start
October 2017
Duration
One full day per week for 10 weeks
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
See the Fees and funding tab
Course leader
Martin Smith

Explore key issues in dual diagnosis while enhancing your knowledge of mental health and substance misuse in our short course designed for a wide range of professionals including social workers, health workers, teachers, and prison officers.

Why study Foundations in Working with Dual Diagnosis Module at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex we recognise the contemporary challenges of working with people who suffer from mental health and substance misuse in a wide range of settings, from housing to prisons and schools. That's why we have developed this course to be beneficial for professionals working in a diverse range of sectors including healthcare, government agencies, education, probation and more.

Taught by an experienced practitioner at our state-of-the-art London campus, this course will introduce you to the key issues within dual diagnosis including prevalence, risk, aetiology, policy, engagement, service models and delivery challenges. Through a series of interactive lectures, tutorials and self-directed learning you'll also explore crucial areas of substance misuse including the law, drug effects, diagnoses, detection, patterns of use, slang and treatment goals.

Delivered in weekly study days over ten weeks to enable you to maintain your employment while studying, this introductory course will challenge you to reflect and evolve your current practice while creating a valuable pathway onto a Graduate Certificate in Dual Diagnosis (if you are completing the Level 6 module MHR3623) or Postgraduate Certificate in Dual Diagnosis (if you are completing the Level 7 module MHR4623) or any other degree programme.

For further information, please email the Module Leader, Martin Smith.

What will you study on Foundations in Working with Dual Diagnosis Module?

This short course is structured to enable you to maintain your professional employment while learning via weekly study days over 10 weeks. Through a series of lectures, tutorials and self-directed learning through our innovative virtual learning platform, Unihub, you will explore the following subjects:

  • Attitudes to dual diagnosis
  • Defining dual diagnosis
  • Prevalence
  • Risk
  • Outcomes
  • Aetiology
  • Substance misuse (the law, drug effects, diagnoses, detection, forms, administration, quantities, costs, patterns of use, slang, treatment goals)
  • Mental health and illness (diagnoses, symptoms, aetiology, classification)
  • The interaction of symptoms and substances
  • Policy
  • Engagement
  • Cycle of change
  • Service models and delivery issues

Assessment

Over the course of this programme you will receive feedback on:

  • Your postings to discussion boards
  • A multiple choice questionnaire testing your knowledge of substance use, mental health and dual diagnosis
  • Your observations during a service visit

The final grade for this course will be determined by:

  • 1,500 word reflective report (30%)
  • 2,000 word essay addressing issues affecting practice (70%)

The final grade will be an aggregate of the two grades.

To be eligible for this module, you must:

  • provide evidence of previous ability to study at UK higher education Level 5 for the Level 6 module, or at Level 6 for the Level 7 module
  • be in relevant employment
  • have enhanced IT skills
  • access to the internet
  • be available to study for approximately 10 hours per week during scheduled term dates.

If you are studying this programme and your fees are being paid for by an NHS Trust under contract with the University, then please download an application form by following the link from our CPD health webpage.

If you are studying this programme and your fees are not being paid for by an NHS Trust under contract with the University (for example, you are funding your own studies), then please complete the Middlesex University application from our postgraduate applications webpage.

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPPD contract).

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

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