This course prepares students to work in an expert capacity with those affected by psychotic
symptoms and the related problems using a variety of psycho-social techniques and
approaches. The course is aimed at experienced mental health practitioners who are seeking
to widen their range of interventions when responding to people experiencing psychosis.
Particular emphasis is placed on developing complex and analytical assessment skills relating
to the lived experience of psychosis, monitoring of such experiences and planning and
implementing skilled psychosocial interventions aimed at reducing the impact of psychotic
symptoms and related problems.
1. Provide students with a critical awareness of the theoretical, social and legal
frameworks for skilled psychosocial interventions based on contemporary research
2. Develop practitioner specialist skills to deliver care for service users with psychosis.3
On completing this course successfully you will be able to:
1 Critically analyse theoretical models of psychotic disorders, particularly stress
vulnerability models and the relevance to own practice.
2. Use complex skills to assess suitability of service users for psychosocial interventions
based on a critical appraisal of the evidence base through the use of appropriate
assessment protocols and procedures.
3. Demonstrate effective engagement, assessment and formulation skills in relation to
psychotic symptoms and their related problems.
4. Deliver and evaluate a range of Cogitative Behaviourally orientated psychosocial
interventions and approaches specifically targeting psychotic symptoms based on ethical,
legal, professional and culturally sensitive principles.
Models of psychosis, service user and carer perspectives, cognitive behaviour models relating to
psychosis, engagement, assessment, formulations, outcome measures, early interventions,
managing voices, delusions, early interventions, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, depression,
anxiety, supervision, ethical and moral issues, professional issues, cultural issues, assessment