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Community Mental Health and Psychiatry at QLS Level 4

Community Mental Health and Psychiatry at QLS Level 4
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This course is available in Paper format and Online.


This Distance Learning Community Mental Health and Psychiatry course is designed for anyone with an interest in Mental Health, particularly those who wish to become counsellors, therapists, social workers or find employment in other similar roles.


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Community Mental Health and Psychiatry at QLS Level 4

Course code: MNH05

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 4

This Home Study course in Mental Health and Psychiatry covers the main conditions which those currently receiving counselling / psychiatric treatment are diagnosed with, including their causes, symptoms, the diagnostic criteria used by health professionals and the treatment approaches designed for these conditions.

It also provides students with an understanding of the Mental Health system, the wide range of roles within it and important legislation in place relating to Mental Health, such as the Mental Capacity Act. Such legislation is clearly explained in easily understandable terms.

Students are further provided with guidelines on the standards they should aim to achieve when working with clients, in particular ensuring that they understand the importance of listening to their clients and validating their feelings. The course encourages students to form their own opinions using factual evidence to support their answers.


Unit 1: Mental Health Workers

  • What is a Mental Health Worker?
  • Different Roles in Mental Health
  • Care Co-ordinator (Key Worker / Case Manager)
  • Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN)
  • General Practitioner (GP)
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Social Worker
  • Mental Health Advocacy
  • Independent Professional Advocacy
  • Peer or Collective Advocacy
  • Citizen Advocacy
  • The Mental Health Act
  • The Mental Health Act 2007
  • Who is the Nearest Relative?
  • What the Nearest Relative can do
  • Who is an Approved Mental Health Professional?

Unit 2: Mental Health & Related Acts

  • Sections of the Mental Health Act
  • How long does it last?
  • What is the reason?
  • Who can issue a Section 2?
  • Medical say so
  • Discharge procedure
  • How long does it last?
  • What is the reason?
  • Who can issue a Section 3?
  • Medical say so
  • Discharge procedure
  • Section 4
  • How long does it last?
  • What is the reason?
  • Who can issue a Section 4?
  • Medical say so
  • Section 5
  • Section 5 (2)
  • How long?
  • Who can issue a Section 5 (2)?
  • Section 5 (4)
  • How long?
  • Who can issue a Section 5 (4)?
  • Section 37
  • How long does it last?
  • What is the reason?
  • Medical say so
  • Discharge procedure:
  • Section 41
  • How long does it last?
  • Medical say so
  • Discharge procedure
  • Section 117
  • How long does it last?
  • What is the reason?
  • Who is responsible for providing the services under a section 117?
  • Section 36
  • How long does it last?
  • Who can issue a Section 36?
  • What is the reason?
  • Mental Health Terminology
  • The Mental Health System
  • Community Mental Health Team
  • Outreach Team
  • The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Day Centres
  • Inpatients
  • The Human Rights Act
  • The Mental Capacity Act
  • Outpatient Services
  • Community Outreach Services
  • Classifications

Unit 3: Depression

  • Depression: Explanation
  • Major (Clinical) Depression
  • Atypical Depression
  • Unspecified Depression
  • Postnatal Depression
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Depression: Symptoms
  • Psychological Symptoms
  • Physical Symptoms
  • Social Symptoms
  • Depression: Diagnosis
  • Major Depressive Episode
  • Manic Episode
  • Mixed Episode
  • Hypomanic Episode
  • Furthermore:
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Dysthymic Disorder
  • Bipolar I Disorder
  • Bipolar II Disorder
  • Cyclothymic Disorder
  • Depression: Who is Affected?
  • Depression in Women
  • Depression in Men
  • Depression in Children
  • Depression in the Elderly
  • Depression: Causes
  • Genetic Factors
  • Trauma and Stress Related Factors
  • Physical Factors
  • Additional Factor

Unit 4: Eating Disorders

  • Eating Disorders: Explanation
  • What are Eating Disorders?
  • Types of Eating Disorders
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Eating Disorders: Symptoms
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Eating Disorders: Diagnosis
  • Anorexia
  • Restricting Type
  • Binge Eating Type or Purging Type
  • Bulimia
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
  • Eating Disorders: Complications
  • Eating Disorders: Who is Affected?
  • Eating Disorders: Causes
  • Psychological
  • Biological
  • Social
  • Eating Disorders: Prevention

Unit 5: Personality Disorders

  • Personality Disorders: Explanation
  • What are Personality Disorders?
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Treatment Options
  • Medication
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • Treatment Options
  • Medication
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder
  • Treatment Options
  • Medication
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Treatment Options
  • Hospitalisation
  • Medications
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Treatment Options
  • Hospitalisation
  • Medication
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Treatment Options
  • Medications
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Treatment Options
  • Psychosocial Treatment
  • Group Therapy
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Treatment Options
  • Medications
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Treatment Options
  • Medications
  • Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • Treatment Options
  • Hospitalisation
  • Medications
  • Personality Disorders: Common Misconceptions and Generalisations
  • Manipulative
  • Attention Seeking
  • Demanding
  • Obstructive
  • Personality Disorders: Causes
  • Developmental
  • The Parent-Blame Problem
  • The Role of Peers
  • Biological
  • The Genetic/Environmental Convergence
  • Physical Causes
  • Personality Disorders: Prognosis
  • Schizophrenia: Explanation
  • Schizophrenia: Symptoms
  • Positive Symptoms
  • Negative Symptoms
  • Cognitive Symptoms
  • Schizophrenia: Diagnosis
  • Social / Occupational Dysfunction
  • Duration
  • Schizoaffective and Mood Disorder Exclusion
  • Substance/General Medical Condition Exclusion
  • Relationship to a Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Schizophrenia: Causes
  • Brain Abnormalities
  • Genetic Factors
  • Developmental Factors
  • Schizophrenia: The Facts
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Explanation
  • Checkers
  • Hoarders
  • Obsessionals
  • Orderers
  • Washers and Cleaners
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Symptoms
  • Obsessions
  • Compulsions
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Causes
  • Genetic
  • Physical
  • Infection
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: The Facts
  • Phobia
  • Social Phobias
  • Specific Phobia
  • Agoraphobia
  • Psychosis
  • Organic Psychosis
  • Brief Reactive Psychosis
  • Drug-Induced Psychosis

Unit 6: How to Help Someone in Crisis

  • Self-harm
  • Why do People Self-harm?
  • What can Friends and Family do?
  • What to do if your Client has Self-harmed
  • Breaking the Pattern of Self-injury
  • Suicide
  • Why do People Commit Suicide?
  • Talking to a Client who is Suicidal
  • Suicide Management Plan
  • Questions to Ask your Client about Suicide Ideation:
  • Factors which Contribute to an Increased Risk of Suicide:
  • Known Critical Suicidal Feelings
  • Eating Distress
  • Relationship Breakdown

Unit 7: Abuse and Trauma: Explanation

  • Child Abuse
  • Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Ritual Abuse
  • Features Commonly Associated with Ritual Abuse:
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Police Action
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Elder Abuse
  • Male Abuse
  • Staying Safe
  • Leaving an Abusive Environment
  • Abuse and the Law
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004
  • Rights of Victims
  • Injunctions
  • Applying for an Injunction
  • Evidence Required
  • Breaking a Court Order
  • Reporting Abuse
  • Police Action
  • Court
  • Before Court
  • After Court
  • Prison
  • Probation Contact
  • Restorative Justice
  • Life and Relationships after Abuse
  • Why do People Abuse?

Unit 8: Listening Skills and Validation

  • Stages of Listening
  • Listening Skills and Validation: Types of Listening
  • Listening Skills and Validation: Common Problems
  • Tips for Good Listening
  • Types of Validation
  • Research
  • Article discussing BPD and eating disorders:
  • Borderline Personality and Eating Disorders

Course Endorsement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Method of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.


Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.