Course Profile

Course Profile: Schizophrenia (1 Day)
Many people’s understanding of Schizophrenia is gained from films about Multi-Personality Disorder and sensationalist and misleading press stories; usually featuring violence and murder. This course aims to clarify the nature of the condition, how it may impact on the individual and others and what can be done to support the person in a respectful and empowering way. There is an initial focus on the medical model, however other views will also be considered. Learners will examine what they can do on a day to day basis to support people, drawing on Person Centred principles. The need for staff to develop effective communication skills is highlighted.

The course is informed by NICE guidelines, MHF and SANE material as well as the DSM. The course 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 course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF Core 1.3; HWB 1.1
Care certificate: 1.4, 5, 6, 7, 9
The course is designed for all health care and support staff working in a range of settings.
The course may be adapted for people working in other disciplines, e.g. Practice Nurses
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • What is meant by the term Schizophrenia and clarifying the misinformation that exists
  • Different views of causation and process e.g. the Anti-Psychiatry movement
  • The relationship between Schizophrenia and substance use
  • The signs and symptoms as outlined in the DSM and diagnostic terms used by Psychiatrists
  • The different types of Schizophrenia e.g. Simple, Catatonic etc
  • The difference between Acute and Chronic Schizophrenia and prognosis
  • The impact on the individual; what they say
  • The medication currently available, including ‘Depot’ injections, the effects and side-effects
  • Traditional treatment and current ‘treatment’ options and support available
  • The communication skills workers need in order to support people
  • How to respond to expressed Delusions & support people who are Hallucinating
  • The complexity of ‘reality checking’ someone who experiences Hallucinations/Delusions
  • The cues that workers can take from people with Schizophrenia
  • The appropriateness of counseling or psychotherapy for someone with Schizophrenia
  • The social stigma that still exists and how to promote dignity, respect & human rights
  • The user-led support and advocacy groups available
Training methods utilised include: Presentations, Role-play, Word-storming, Feedback, Discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Group work, Handouts