Course Profile

Course Profile: Mental Health Awareness & Recovery (1-3 Days)
Mental Health is often misunderstood and distorted by sensationalist publicity, often portraying people with Mental Health needs as rapists and murderers. It is surprising how many even working in the field are confused e.g. thinking that Schizophrenia is the same as Multiple Personality. Over the last few years there have been shifts in practice towards working within a recovery focused model. This course aims to explore what this means in practice.
The course aims to demystify the subject so that people are treated with the value, dignity & respect that is their right and be supported by staff who are informed and compassionate. The course takes a broad view and considers both the Medical Model and the Recovery Model in understanding different mental health conditions. It uses research based approaches to consider how staff can best support someone with mental health needs in their recovery.
The course is informed by material from ICD-10, DSM V, SANE, MIND, MHF, NIMH, NICE. It is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards. It links with the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013).
The depth of the material considered may be limited by the course duration chosen.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: HWB1.1
The Care Certificate: 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.6, 5.7, 7.1 ,7.3, 9, 10.1, 10.2, 13,2
QCF:HSC 026; CMH301; CMH302
The course is designed for Health Care,Support workers and others new to working in Mental Health or with no previous Mental Health training.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is ‘normal’? Is there such a thing?
  • What is emotional and mental wellbeing?
  • Terminology and models; what does this all mean?‘Mental Illness’; a ‘Mental Health need’; a ‘Mental health problem’; a ‘Mental Health condition’; a ‘Psychiatric Illness’?
  • What is the ‘Social Model’ and ‘Recovery model’?
  • The Medical model: What is it?
  • What is meant by a ‘clinical’ diagnosis
  • Predisposition, vulnerability, onset, signs & symptoms, prognosis
  • What treatment is available for people in crisis incl. hospital admission
  • The role of medication
  • The major routes of medication including Depot medication
  • The main types of medication in Mental Health and their side effects
  • What is the recovery model, a definition, where does it come from and what are the main components?
  • What does the process consist of and what are the benefits for adults using mental health services?
  • How does it compare to more established models
  • What are the skills required for workers to support this model?
  • Recovery based approaches to support
  • How people with Mental Health needs are stigmatized
  • How to ensure people are valued and treated with dignity and respect
  • How to ensure that people make their own life choices and are supported in doing so
  • Self help: - Getting the self-help tools   - Getting involved   - Advocacy and advocacy movement
  • The main functions of the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation
  • Service User perspective on recovery
  • Further support, resources, reading
Training methods utilised include: Presentations, Role-play, Trust exercises, Word-storming, Feedback, Discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Group work, Peoples’ experiences, DVD and Handouts