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C84TCA Topics in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc Mental Health Research, PGDip Mental Health Research, PGCert Mental Health Research

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module considers the conceptual and practical issues (including ethical considerations) in identifying, diagnosing and managing mental health and behavioural problems in children and young people. The module will consist of a mix of lectures and student-led seminars (informal group presentations and discussions), each focussing on a key topic in the field of child and adolescent mental health. Specific topics will include: • Diagnostic and dimensional models and approaches to understanding mental health in children, including ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, early-onset psychosis and autism • Comorbidity in child psychiatry • Lifespan factors in mental health • Cognitive and neuropsychological models of neurodevelopmental disorders and childhood behaviours • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of mental health in children and young people • Epidemiology and identification of mental health problems in children and young people • Alcohol and substance misuse in adolescence • Behavioural factors and approaches in childhood mental health

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 6 weeks2 per week2 hours
Seminar 2 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
2 x 2 hour lectures for 7 weeks = 28 hours; 1 x 2 hour seminar for 3 weeks = 6 hours; Independent reading and assessment = 150 hours

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50 A 2500-word essay on a selected topic discussed in the student-led seminars 
Coursework 2 50 A 2500-word research protocol for a study in the area of child and adolescent mental health 

Convenor: 
Professor D Daley

Education Aims:  This module considers the conceptual and practical issues (including ethical considerations) in identifying, diagnosing and managing mental health and behavioural problems in children and young people. The module will consist of a mix of lectures and student-led seminars (informal group presentations and discussions), each focussing on a key topic in the field of child and adolescent mental health. Specific topics will include: • Diagnostic and dimensional models and approaches to understanding mental health in children, including ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, early-onset psychosis and autism • Comorbidity in child psychiatry • Lifespan factors in mental health • Cognitive and neuropsychological models of neurodevelopmental disorders and childhood behaviours • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of mental health in children and young people • Epidemiology and identification of mental health problems in children and young people • Alcohol and substance misuse in adolescence • Behavioural factors and approaches in childhood mental health The module aims to: • Provide an understanding of conceptual and practical issues involved in the diagnosis, assessment and treatment in child and adolescent psychiatry • Develop an appreciation of pragmatic issues in clinical practice and provide an opportunity to discuss relevant aspects of the course within a multidisciplinary group

Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this module, the students should have: a) Knowledge and Understanding • Acquired a working knowledge of models & approaches in child and adolescent mental health • Acquired an understanding of the controversies surrounding the diagnosis and treatment options of child and adolescent mental health disorders • Acquired a working knowledge of research methods in child and adolescent mental health research • Acquired an appreciation of the cognitive and affective processes or mechanisms proposed to underlie child and adolescent mental health disorders b) Intellectual Skills • Developed an ability to critically appraise various research methodologies in the field of child and adolescent mental health • Developed an ability to critically appraise theoretical arguments and/ or applied research findings across a wide range of disciplines or perspectives in the field of child and adolescent mental health c) Transferable (key) skills • Developed an ability to present others’ research findings in the field of child and adolescent mental health in written format • Developed scientific thinking skills to enable the appraisal of research in the field of child and adolescent mental health • Developed scientific thinking skills to enable the formulation of research in the field of child and adolescent mental health d) Professional Skills • Developed an ability to critically appraise theory, methods and results of research from a wide range of disciplines in the field of child and adolescent mental health • Acquired a working knowledge of ethics and research governance structures and processes relevant to the field of child and adolescent mental health

Offering School:  Medicine


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