Emotional, Relational and Mental Health Issues

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
11 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA L500 Social Work

Module description

The module focusses on developing understanding, skills and confidence to support the student undertaking the social work role. Emotional, relational and mental health issues are frequently ambiguous and uncertain and working effectively in this field can be stressful and disturbing. The module will support the student to explore effective work strategies and other means to build their own resilience and to understand approaches to support others.

Module aims

The module aims to provide the student with an introduction and overview of the theoretical approaches and perspectives relevant to the social work role in relation to working with mental health issues. The module is focussed on supporting the student to explore aspects of mental health, attitudes and responses to mental health issues, understandings of well-being and developing and promoting well-being.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the [learner] will be able to: 1. Examine and explain the interdisciplinary nature of mental health, emotional and relational issues and the importance of interdisciplinary inter agency working. 2. Explore and demonstrate understanding of the experiences of service users and the impact of mental health, emotional and relational issues and the support available for those issues, on individuals, families and communities. 3. Outline and detail the ambiguous and uncertain nature of working with individuals and families with emotional, relational and mental health issues and explore the roles of the accountable social worker, independent advocacy and other services in providing support.

Module information

Mental Health, resilience and well-being are interdisciplinary fields which draw significantly on sociology, psychology, anthropology, social policy, philosophy, ethics and medical sciences. Mental Health practice is an interdisciplinary activity and involves individuals, organisations and professions with an extensive diversity of skills, knowledge and experience

The students will be supported through the delivery of the module to work closely with service users (Experts by Experience) to explore the personal and professional understandings of mental health. Professionals from other spheres will also be involved in the delivery of the module. Issues related to rights and professional ethics will be explored including in depth exploration of advocacy and empowerment

Learning and teaching methods

The module will combine a number of different teaching approaches, incorporating lectures, group work and EBE led sessions to introduce key concepts in social work practice while relating it to everyday practice. Lectures: Lectures by module lead, Experts by Experience and colleagues. Independent: Small/ PBL group work and independent work on searching the literature and any research related activities. Practice and presentations to be discussed on sphere of practice. Online: Online resources will be made available on Moodle. Tutorials: It is the student's responsibility to seek tutorial support as needed. Skills: As part of their independent learning the student will be expected to engage in a range of research related activities: searching the literature, visiting the library, attending seminars and participating in conferences (where appropriate).


  • Golightley, Malcolm. (no date) Social work and mental health, London: Learning Matters.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Individual Study 17/01/2020 100%
Coursework Individual Study - 1st Resubmission 27/07/2020

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Stephen Jordan, email: sjordan@essex.ac.uk.
Steve Jordan
Sarah Wiblin 01702328229 swiblin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Suryia Nayak
The University of Salford
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 27 hours, 27 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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