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Community, Mental Health & Psychiatry - QLS Level 4 Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials (With Optional Online Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 120 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)
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Course Description

The Community, Mental Health and Psychiatry - QLS Level 4 Course is designed for anyone with an interest in Mental Health, particularly those who wish to become counsellors, therapists, social workers or find employment in other similar roles.

The course covers the main conditions many people currently receiving counselling/psychiatric treatment are diagnosed with, including their causes, symptoms, the diagnostic criteria used by health professionals and the treatment approaches designed for these conditions.

The home study Health Care courses also provide students with an understanding of the Mental Health system, the wide range of roles within it and important legislation in place relating to Mental Health, such as the Mental Capacity Act. Such legislation is clearly explained in easily understandable terms. Students are further provided with guidelines on the standards they should aim to achieve when working with clients, in particular ensuring that they understand the importance of listening to their clients and validating their feelings. The course encourages students to form their own opinions using factual evidence to support their answers.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 4 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Community, Mental Health and Psychiatry - QLS Level 4 Course Includes the Following Units:
The following topics are covered: The following topics are covered: What is a Mental Health Worker? Different Roles in Mental Health; Care Co-ordinator (Key Worker/Case Manager); Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN); General Practitioner (GP); Psychologist; Psychiatrist; Social Worker; Mental Health Advocacy; Independent Professional Advocacy; Peer or Collective Advocacy; Citizen Advocacy; The Mental Health Act; The Mental Health Act 2007; Who is the Nearest Relative? What the Nearest Relative can do; and Who is an Approved Mental Health Professional?
The following topics are covered: Sections of the Mental Health Act, How long does it last? What is the reason? Who can issue a Section 2? Medical say so, Discharge procedure, How long does it last? What is the reason? Who can issue a Section 3? Medical say so, Discharge procedure, Section 4, How long does it last? What is the reason? Who can issue a Section 4? Medical say so, Section 5, Section 5 (2), How long? Who can issue a Section 5 (2)? Section 5 (4), How long? Who can issue a Section 5 (4)? Section 37, How long does it last? What is the reason? Medical say so, Discharge procedure, Section 41, How long does it last? Medical say so, Discharge procedure, Section 117, How long does it last? What is the reason? Who is responsible for providing the services under a section 117? Section 36, How long does it last? Who can issue a Section 36? What is the reason? Mental Health Terminology, The Mental Health System, Community Mental Health Team, Outreach Team, The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Day Centres, Inpatients The Human Rights Act, The Mental Capacity Act, Outpatient Services,Community Outreach Services, Classifications.
The following topics are covered: Depression: Explanation, Major (Clinical) Depression, Atypical Depression, Unspecified Depression, Postnatal Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Depression: Symptoms, Psychological Symptoms, Physical Symptoms, Social Symptoms, Depression: Diagnosis, Major Depressive Episode, Manic Episode, Mixed Episode, Hypomanic Episode, Furthermore, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, Cyclothymic Disorder, Depression: Who is Affected? Depression in Women, Depression in Men, Depression in Children, Depression in the Elderly, Depression: Causes, Genetic Factors, Trauma and Stress Related Factors,Physical Factors, Additional Factors.
The following topics are covered: Eating Disorders: Explanation, What are Eating Disorders? Types of Eating Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder,Eating Disorders: Symptoms, Anorexia, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorders: Diagnosis, Anorexia, Restricting Type, Binge Eating Type or Purging Type, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Eating Disorders: Complications, Eating Disorders: Who is Affected? Eating Disorders: Causes, Psychological, Biological, Social, Eating Disorders: Prevention.
The following topics are covered: Personality Disorders: Explanation, What are Personality Disorders? Paranoid Personality Disorder, Treatment Options, Medication, Schizoid Personality Disorder, Treatment Options, Medication, Schizotypal Personality Disorder, Treatment Options, Medication, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Treatment, Options, Hospitalisation, Medications, Borderline Personality Disorder, Treatment Options, Hospitalisation, Medication, Histrionic Personality Disorder, Treatment Options, Medications, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Treatment Options, Psychosocial Treatment, Group Therapy, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Treatment Options, Medications, Dependent Personality Disorder, Treatment Options, Medications, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, Treatment Options, Hospitalisation, Medications, Personality Disorders: Common Misconceptions and Generalisations, Manipulative, Attention Seeking, Demanding, Obstructive, Personality Disorders: Causes, Developmental, The Parent-Blame Problem, The Role of Peers, Biological, The Genetic/Environmental Convergence, Physical Causes, Personality Disorders: Prognosis, Schizophrenia: Explanation, Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Positive Symptoms, Negative Symptoms, Cognitive Symptoms, Schizophrenia: Diagnosis, Social / Occupational Dysfunction, Duration, Schizoaffective and Mood Disorder Exclusion, Substance/General Medical Condition Exclusion, Relationship to a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia: Causes, Brain Abnormalities, Genetic Factors, Developmental Factors, Schizophrenia: The Facts, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Explanation, Checkers, Hoarders, Obsessionals, Orderers, Washers and Cleaners, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Symptoms, Obsessions, Compulsions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Causes, Genetic, Physical, Infection, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: The Facts, Phobia, Social Phobias, Specific Phobia, Agoraphobia, Psychosis, Organic Psychosis, Brief Reactive Psychosis, Drug-Induced Psychosis.
The following topics are covered: Self-harm, Why do People Self-harm? What can Friends and Family do? What to do if your Client has Self-harmed, Breaking the Pattern of Self-injury, Suicide, Why do People Commit Suicide? Talking to a Client who is Suicidal, Suicide Management Plan, Questions to Ask your Client about Suicide Ideation: Factors which Contribute to an Increased Risk of Suicide: Known Critical Suicidal Feelings, Eating Distress, Relationship Breakdown.
The following topics are covered: Child Abuse, Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome,Sexual Abuse, Ritual Abuse, Features Commonly Associated with Ritual Abuse: Domestic Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Sexual Assault, Police Action, Verbal Abuse, Elder Abuse, Male Abuse, Staying Safe, Leaving an Abusive Environment, Abuse and the Law, Sexual Offences Act 2003, Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004, Rights of Victims, Injunctions, Applying for an Injunction, Evidence Required, Breaking a Court Order, Reporting Abuse, Police Action, Court, Before Court, After Court, Prison, Probation Contact, Restorative Justice, Life and Relationships after Abuse, Why do People Abuse?
The following topics are covered: Stages of Listening, Listening Skills and Validation: Types of Listening, Listening Skills and Validation: Common Problems, Tips for Good Listening, Types of Validation, Research, Article discussing BPD and eating disorders, Borderline Personality and Eating Disorders.

As this is a Level 4 course, learners should have previously studied to a Level 3 standard or equivalentA good level of literacy is also a requirement if the extended assignment work is to be completed successfully.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Course Format & Delivery

This course is supplied as hard copy paper-based materials. You will receive an A4 ring bound course folder which will include all of your course notes and assignments and there is a separate study guide which should be read before starting the course and explains about support, the required format of assignments and how to submit assignments for assessment. We find this format works well for this particular course as you don't have to be on a computer to work through the notes and you get to keep the course materials after you have completed your study if you need to refer back to them.

We do also offer the option of an online version of the course notes which can be purchased for an additional £36.00 for learners who prefer computer-based learning or are travelling and need access to their course notes. This option is available at the checkout when ordering the course.

The hard-copy course materials are dispatched using a next working day courier service where available and the online course notes are usually issued within 24 hours of processing an application.

If learners would prefer an online only version of the course notes then please contact us for information on how to order this.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

QLS Endorsed Certification

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 4 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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