Studying in autumn 2020 during coronavirus

Critical Approaches to Dual Diagnosis

Module MHR 4500
Level Level 7
Credits 15
Fees £900
Start dateSeptember 27 2020
Delivery mode Online (via mixture of virtual classroom and blended activity) Distance Education
Module leader Dani Collins

Overview

This module has been designed to increase your skills and knowledge in the practise of identifying, assessing, and managing individuals with substance use and mental health problems. You will ensure and promote high standards of clinical and patient safety in the screening and management of individuals with co-morbid mental health and substance use conditions.

This module is ideal for health care professionals, particularly those working with individuals with identified co-morbid mental health and substance use conditions.

The purpose of this module is to critically explore issues influencing the approach to the care of individuals coping with co-morbid mental health and substance use conditions (i.e. dual diagnosis) with due regard to policies, research, evidenced based practice, and workforce development/training. Students will have the opportunity to explore the subject with due regard to international perspectives.

Course content

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the concept of dual diagnosis, comment on aetiology, prevalence, risk, and policies relevant to current ‘dual diagnosis’ practice and research
  2. Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to co-morbid mental health and substance use
  3. Critically examine the complexities surrounding the relationship between mental health and substance use symptoms and substances
  4. Critically assess the benefits of co-production and collaboration with service users and carers in delivering co-produced care and services.

Teaching dates

Week 1Sunday 27 September 2020
Week 2Monday 5 October 2020
Week 3Monday 12 October 2020
Week 4Monday 19 October 2020
Week 5Monday 26 October 2020
Week 6Monday 2 November 2020
Summative essay submissionSaturday 14 December 2020

Learning and teaching

The current COVID-19 situation and ongoing uncertainty and challenges surrounding social distancing rules has impacted on how we deliver learning and teaching. To this end, all our short courses, modules and programmes will be delivered this autumn onwards through a mix of online/virtual and face to face modes.

A variety of learning strategies are employed. Lectures are interactive and may include videos, group discussion and student led seminars. For distance learning students there are online activities and opportunities to discuss topics on the discussion board. Students will be guided to supplement their lectures through additional flexible / self-directed learning via extensive module related materials on the virtual learning platform, myLearning.

When not in class, you will be able to apply your new and developed skills and knowledge in your current organisation and further develop and reflect upon the classroom learning in practice.

Assessment

Summative assessment scheme

You will submit a 2,500 word essay in relation to the syllabus covered by identifying challenges facing people with dual diagnosis (at the level of practice, policy, and service delivery). You will be required to select, justify, and evaluate their choices/focus and offer solutions to the challenges.

How to apply

To be eligible for this module, you must provide evidence of an ability to study at Level 7.

Apply for this module through our online application form.

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2020/21 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Per credit: £60
15 credits: £900

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

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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