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
SIT:
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
Description:
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%.
Content:
• 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.
Methods:
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).
Prerequisites:
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.
Attendance:
max. 25 students.
Selection:
First come, first served.
Fees:
SCOT/RUK/EU: GBP 700
International GBP 1400
Scholarships:
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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