Title: Global Mental Health & Psychosocial Wellbeing (not offered in 2017-18)
Keywords: Vulnerable groups (in general)
Violence / war
Psychosomatics & stress
Mobility / migration
Mental health problems
Country: United Kingdom
Institution: UK - Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Course coordinator: Dr Carola Eyber
Date start: 2018-01-15
Date end: 2018-02-14
About duration and dates: 5 weeks on campus; submission of assignment 3 weeks after course end
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: IIHD, Queen Margaret University
ECTS credit points: 5 ECTS credits
150 hours SIT of which:
• 30 hours is teaching contact time
• 20 hours online discussion and group work related activities (20 hours)
• 100 hours self-directed learning
Language: English
On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:
• Identify and analyse current conceptualization and critiques of the global mental health movement and psychosocial wellbeing approaches with special attention to the implications of these approaches for different stakeholders
• Critically appraise the evidence for global mental health approaches and psychosocial interventions and demonstrate awareness of existing challenges
• Draw on theoretical debates and conceptual frameworks in analyzing the role of culture and context in shaping the experience of mental health and wellbeing
• Critically engage with theories of child wellbeing and protection and apply relevant knowledge and skills to evaluate mental health and wellbeing interventions
• Analyse and critically apply theoretical knowledge of global mental health and psychosocial wellbeing approaches to a ‘real world’ context such as an emergency setting
• Demonstrate competence in planning and effective evaluation strategy for mental health and psychosocial programming
Assessment Procedures:
Students are required to present a 3,000 word assignment which allows them the choice of :
a) A policy brief for presentation to an INGO focused on a relevant mental health issue
b) An applied assessment of a current programming approach in the field involving both analysis of theory as well as evidence available for this approach.
c) A blog posting on the MHPSS network or similar website focused on a particular setting and psychosocial issue
Students who fail their assignment can resubmit their assignment for a second reassessment. According to QMU guidelines the maximum grade that can be awarded for resubmission is 50%.
• Global Mental Health Movement: its history, aims and approaches. This includes critically analysing some of the theoretical assumptions underlying the GMHM.
• Policy, guidelines and implementation of global mental health (e.g. mhGAP). The implications of GMH practice in relation to available evidence and perspectives from stakeholders will be critically analysed.
• Conceptualising psychosocial wellbeing: theories from psychology, sociology and development studies will be used to investigate how these approaches have been applied in relation to improving wellbeing in resource-poor and humanitarian settings
• Re-conceptualising psychosocial well-being: the centrality of context and culture in understanding wellbeing. Theories from medical anthropology, development studies and local strategies for increasing wellbeing will be examined.
• Emergency contexts and humanitarian crises: an analysis of approaches, practice and guidelines in the field as well as challenges faced by agencies seeking to implement these.
• Moving from emergency response to recovery in the mental health and psychosocial sector
• Children’s wellbeing: theories, approaches and rights will form the basis of this session. Childhood studies and theories of childhood development and parenting will be examined in a global context.
• Improving children’s wellbeing: current trends in interventions and programming for protecting and promoting children’s wellbeing will be investigated as well as community-based approaches to achieving this.
• Effectiveness of global mental health and psychosocial wellbeing interventions. Strategies, methodologies and tools will be examined, as well as the emphasis on evidence-based interventions.
• Innovative approaches to knowledge exchange and research: the MHPSS network, mHealth approaches, participatory techniques amongst others will be discussed in relation to perceived benefits and value added.
The taught component of the module consists of 10 interactive seminars each 3 hours long. Resources are available through a number of different media such as virtual learning environment (Blackboard) and internet websites. Students will do one group work presentation on a particular area of global mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. Learning experiences include:
• 10 seminars during which there will be a combination of lectures and discussions. Some of these seminars will be student-led (30 hours)
• An online component which will allow students to engage in online discussion about issues related to the module as well as participate in group work related activities (20 hours)
• Self-directed learning (100 hours).
IELTS band 6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in every area. An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, normally in the social or medical sciences. No other pre-requisites.
max. 25 students.
First come, first served.
International GBP 1400
None available
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Basel, September 2015. This accreditation is valid until September 2020.
Email Address: ceyber@qmu.ac.uk
Date Of Record Creation: 2015-09-23 02:20:27 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2015-09-23 06:30:20 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-06-21 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-12-13 17:16:31 (W3C-DTF)

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