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OCCH8001 - Mental Health and Self-Care

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Title:Mental Health and Self-Care
Long Title:Mental Health and Self-Care
Module Code:OCCH8001
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Occupational Health
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2020/21 ( September 2020 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: TOM O CONNOR
Module Author: JOE MOYNIHAN
Module Description: This module aims to explain the practice and implementation of self-care, positive mental health and emotional resilience to Social Care Work students.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 appraise the principles of self-care and the actions an individual might take in order to attain optimal mental and physical health
LO2 critically explore factors that contribute to and undermine well-being and emotional wellness
LO3 judge compassion fatigue, burnout on the continuum of mental health and wellness
LO4 create and implement an individualised self-care plan
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Understanding Self-care
Understand how the current social care worker role can limit people’s opportunities to self care; what self-care is; how we all make decisions about our health and wellbeing; practices to promote self-care.
The Power of Vulnerability
What is vulnerability? Brene Brown's redefinition and its relevance to Social Care Work; how does vulnerability feel; what vulnerability gives you; vulnerability and care; narcissism is shame and lack of vulnerability; debunking vulnerability myths; understanding and combating shame; the vulnerability armors; closing the disengagement divide; disruptive engagement and changing toxic work cultures.
Modern Stoicism for Social Care Work
What is Stoicism?; key principles and beliefs; the Stoic goal of life; live by virtue; focus on what you can control, accept what you can’t; how to distinguish between good, bad, and (‘preferred’) indifferent things; take action and become a warrior of the mind; practice misfortune; add a reserve clause to your planned actions; Amor Fati; how to turn obstacles into opportunities; be mindful.
Emotional Intelligence
Define what emotional intelligence (EQ) is; how it is relevant to Social Care Work: interpret the different dimensions of emotional intelligence; how EQ can improve your personal effectiveness; how to encourage emotionally intelligent behaviour in your colleagues and so improve the quality of working relationships.
Resilience as Radical Self-Care
Strategies to develop resilience; The Resilient Personality; how to moderate the negative effects of stress; adaptation; Self-esteem; self-confidence; curiosity; control over the environment; satisfying interpersonal relationships; a repertoire of problem-solving skills; adaptive behaviors in the areas of social functioning, morale and somatic health; Positive (protective) attributes;humour & optimism; cognitive flexibility; spirituality (religion, spirituality, and altruism); meaning and purpose in life; neuroendocrine factors; social support; active coping styles; gratitude.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Self-care individualised care plan 1,2,3,4 30.0 Week 6
Reflective Journal Evidence of implementation of self-care plan. This can be a photo essay, journal entries, or a creative piece. 1,2,3,4 20.0 Week 12
Open-book Examination Open book exam on topics covered in class 1,2,3 50.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture/discussion/group exercises to aid students reach the Learning outcomes 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent study/research/application of concepts and theory 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture/discussion/group exercises to aid students reach the Learning outcomes 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent study/research/application of concepts and theory 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Brene Brown 2015, Daring Greatly : How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Penguin Books Ltd UK [ISBN: 9780241257401]
  • Ryan Holiday 2016, The Daily Stoic : 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living: Featuring new translations of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, Profile Books Ltd UK [ISBN: 9781781257654]
  • Nadia Narain , 2018, Self-Care for the Real World : Practical self-care advice for everyday life, Cornerstone UK [ISBN: 9781786331120]
  • Suzy Reading 2018, The Self-Care Revolution : smart habits & simple practices to allow you to flourish, Aster UK [ISBN: 9781912023202]
  • Trudy Gilbert-Eliot 2020, Healing Secondary Trauma : Proven Strategies for Caregivers and Professionals to Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Compassion Fatigue, Rockridge Press UK [ISBN: 9781641527569]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Marcus Aurelius 2020, Meditations (Non-Fiction Classics), Legend UK [ISBN: 978180031972]
  • Matthew R. McLennan 2020, Philosophy and Vulnerability : Catherine Breillat, Joan Didion, and Audre Lorde, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC UK [ISBN: 9781350176423]
  • J Eric Gentry 2020, Forward-Facing(R) Professional Resilience : Prevention and Resolution of Burnout, Toxic Stress and Compassion Fatigue, Outskirts Press USA [ISBN: 9781977223883]
  • Sarah Parry 2017, Effective Self-Care and Resilience in Clinical Practice : Dealing with Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout, JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS UK [ISBN: 978178592070]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HSOCC_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Work 1 Mandatory

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