The Introduction to Mental Health Care - Level 2 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practice of Mental Health Care. No prior knowledge is required.

Objectives:

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Develop an awareness of behaviour patterns associated with mental health illnesses.

  • Identify the symptoms and behaviours associated with a range of mental health problems.

  • Create an awareness of methods of managing mental health symptoms.

  • Develop a range of skills with which to care for mental health sufferers.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.

The course is split into the following 6 Units:

  • Unit One – Normal/Abnormal Behaviour

The following topics are covered: Define normal behaviour; Identify the characteristics of normal behaviour; Identify normal defence mechanisms; Define abnormal behaviour; Identify the characteristics of normal behaviour; and Identify therapeutic interventions to treat abnormal behaviour.

  • Unit Two – Burnout, Burnout & Suicide

The following topics are covered: Define and identify the causes of burnout; Identify the symptoms, and preventive techniques for burnout; Identify two major types of depression; Identify the signs/symptoms of severe depression; Identify the techniques and drugs used for the management of depression; Identify circumstances which aid in the identification of potential suicide victims; Identify the factors which differentiate a suicide gesture from a suicide attempt; and Identify the methods of managing a potential suicide victim.

  • Unit Three – Hostility & Violent Behaviour

The following topics are covered: Identify the most common precipitating factors in violent behaviour; Identify the methods used to manage the violent patient who is unarmed; Identify the methods used to manage the violent patient who is armed; and Identify the uses of restraints for violent patients.

  • Unit Four – Substance Abuse

The following topics are covered: Identify the signs/symptoms and treatment for overdose and withdrawal of opiates; Give examples, identify signs/symptoms and treatment for overdose and withdrawal of central nervous system depressants; Identify examples, signs/symptoms and treatment for overdose and withdrawal of central nervous system stimulants; Identify signs/symptoms and treatment of cannabinoids; Identify examples, signs/symptoms, and treatment for overdose and withdrawal of psychedelics; and Identify signs/symptoms and treatment for overdose of phencyclidine.

  • Unit Five – Death & Dying

The following topics are covered: Identify the typical reactions of health care personnel towards the terminally ill or injured patient; Identify the stages of adjustment experienced by the terminally ill or injured patient and his significant others; Identify the characteristics of each stage of adjustment experienced by the terminally ill patient and his significant others; Identify the management techniques used to help the terminally ill and their significant others cope with death and dying; and Identify the methods used by the medical staff to help patients cope with death and dying.

  • Unit Six – Sexual Assault

The following topics are covered: Identify the responsibilities and actions necessary by carers when dealing with alleged sexual assault; Identify evidence control procedures; and Identify recording principles.

Prerequisites:

There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

Assessment:

You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Coursework consists of a series of word processed or written assignments, which are submitted to and then marked by your course tutor.

Certification:

ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive an Introduction to Mental Health Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.  This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

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