What is the course about?
The level 2 Award in Understanding Working with People with Mental Health Issues will increase your understanding of various mental health conditions and ways to respond to these. You will also examine the distinction between mental health and mental ill-health looking at positive mental health and mental ill-health definitions; the social context for mental health including positive and negative social attitudes; the legal context and main pieces of current legislation that relate to mental health.
What will we cover?
The units include:
Mental health and mental health issues
Approaches to care and management in mental health
Change and support in relation to mental health
Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's or young people's settings
Valuing equality and diversity.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Define the terms mental health and mental disorder
Identify the key legislation and guidance that applies to those with mental health issues
Describe the key features of models of mental health needs and care
Explain how to support people during mental health change
Outline the types of treatment available to those experiencing mental health issues
Be more aware duty of care and dilemmas or complaints that may arise where there is a duty of care
Identify the difference between discrimination and prejudice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a level 2 course. You will work towards the Certificate in Working with People with Mental Health Issues. You should be able to read and summarise information from different sources and write two or three paragraphs confidently. You should be able to follow verbal or written instructions and communicate clearly in writing. You will be expected to take part in group discussions, make significant contributions and help to move discussions
forward. You should be able to plan, draft and organise your own work.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The classroom sessions are tutor led and combine group work, discussion, case studies, self-directed study,
presentations, role-play, quizzes, DVD resources and research activities. You will be required to work on
assignments in your own time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should bring a folder for your work and a pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This qualification will help you towards the following progression routes:
Level 3 Community Mental Health Care
Diploma Level 2 or Level 3 in Health and Social Care
Other courses such as counselling.
There are a variety of career options in mental health. With experience and qualifications you could be a support worker, care assistant, or community mental health care worker. These roles could pay up to £12 per hour.