Full Title:Psychotherapeutic Approaches
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:NURS N8181
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will equip the student with the knowledge and skills required to understand specific psychological theories and related therapy and their application in working with individuals, families and group contexts
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Compare and contrast different psychological theories and their contribution to our understanding of personality development.
  2. Critically appraise the use of psychological theory in the context of treatment in a variety of mental health problems.
  3. Critically evaluate the application of different psychological therapies as applied in psychiatric nursing practice.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of group theory in relation to psychiatric nursing
  5. Analyse the many challenges in working with families and care givers

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Analytic Approaches
Traditional and contemporary analysts Freud; Jung; Adler; Horney; Klein
Behavioural Approaches
Traditional and contemporary behavioural approaches; Watson; Wolpe; Thorndike; Skinner
Cognitive Approaches
Traditional and contemporary cognitive approaches; Bandura; Ellis; Beck
Humanistic Approaches
Traditional and contemporary humanistic approaches; Maslow; Rogers
Existential Approaches
Traditional and contemporary existential approaches; Frankl; Perls; May
Group Dynamics
Group formation, structure, process and content. Group development theory. Use of small groups in the care of people with mental health problems. Types of groups: Social, educational, therapeutic, self-help. Pros and cons of groups and group work.
Psychology related to group behaviour
Bystander intervention, co-operation, conflict. Group behaviour. Facilitation skills
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment The students will complete a 2500 word assignment on the benefits of group work with reference to the facilitation skills utilised within the practice group discussions.THIS MUST BE PASSED INDEPENDENTLY. Also the student will have to participate in a group project: This is a formative assessment that the student must undertake. The student will demonstrate the skills of facilitating a group discussion. 3,4 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam Two hour unseen examination requiring student to complete three out of five essay questions. THIS MUST BE PASSED INDEPENDENTLY. 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Learning and teaching methods will include a combination of lectures, discussions, group work, and reflective practice. There will be emphases on the students participating in group work and practicing facilitation skills. This module will normally be delivered over 7 weeks Module 10.00 Every Week 10.00
Directed Reading No Description 50.00 Once per semester 3.33
Independent Study No Description 120.00 Once per semester 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 21.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 10.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Wedding D., Corsini R.J. 2013, Current Psychotherapies, 10th Ed., Brooks/Cole [ISBN: 128517559X]
  • Corey, M.S., Corey, G. and Corey, C. 2013, Groups. Process and Practice, 9th ed Ed., Brooks/Cole London [ISBN: 9781285088112]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Rogers C 2004, On Becoming a Person, Constable [ISBN: 1845290577]
  • Perls F.S 1994, Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality, Souvenir Press [ISBN: 0285626655]
  • Prendiville, P 2008, Developing Facilitation Skills A Handbook for Group Facilitators, 2nd Ed Ed., Combat Poverty Agency Dublin [ISBN: 9781905485673]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NPNUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing 6 Mandatory
nocode16 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (Psychiatric Nursing Exit Award 6 Mandatory