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Community Mental Health & Psychiatry (Level 4) Diploma

Distance Learning Course, featuring tutor support and AI assistance, available online or as a study pack option.

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100 hours · Self-paced
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12 months
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Embark on a transformative learning journey with the UK’s most innovative home study provider, offering courses designed to unlock your true potential and facilitate the career change you desire. Access our distance learning courses directly from anywhere, anytime, and acquire industry-recognised Professional Qualifications essential for advancing in your career.

Specifically, explore the flexible and convenient Community Mental Health & Psychiatry (Level 4) course, an ideal way to gain a diploma qualification. Whether you aim for further education, improved job prospects, or expanded knowledge, this comprehensive course allows you to prepare thoroughly for exams or careers through home study. Plus, it’s structured to be accessible and beneficial even if you have no prior knowledge in Community Mental Health & Psychiatry.

The Community Mental Health & Psychiatry course is an immersive journey into the intricate realm of mental health care within community contexts. This comprehensive program delves deep into the landscape of mental health, providing a robust understanding of various disorders, therapeutic interventions, and strategies vital for effective community-based care. Students explore the nuanced aspects of psychiatric care, focusing on ethical considerations, evidence-based practices, and the integration of resources to foster mental wellness. Through this course, aspiring mental health professionals gain invaluable insights and skills necessary to navigate the complex landscape of community psychiatry, offering holistic support and guidance to individuals within diverse community settings.




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Course Key Topics

the Community Mental Health & Psychiatry (Level 4) course is divided into 8 modules.

Module 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?

Module 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 Centers
  • Inpatients
  • The Human Rights Act
  • The Mental Capacity Act
  • Outpatient Services
  • Community Outreach Services
  • Classifications

Module 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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 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?

Module 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

(Please click on the curriculum tab above to see a detailed view of each module)

What Will You Learn?

  • In the Community Mental Health & Psychiatry course, learners delve into an extensive curriculum covering various facets of mental health care within community settings.
  • They explore topics such as the principles and practices of community psychiatry, understanding mental health disorders prevalent in communities, interventions for crisis management, and strategies for promoting mental well-being in diverse populations.
  • Additionally, the course delves into the assessment and treatment planning for individuals with mental health issues in community settings, emphasizing the importance of holistic care, ethical considerations, and the integration of community resources in mental health care provision.
  • Students also gain insights into advocacy, social determinants of mental health, and the application of evidence-based practices within community mental health frameworks.

Who is this course for?

  • The Community Mental Health & Psychiatry course caters to a wide range of individuals passionate about mental health care and psychiatric services.
  • It's designed for aspiring mental health professionals, including counsellors, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurses, seeking to advance their expertise in community-based mental health care.
  • Additionally, it's valuable for healthcare workers, social workers, and community support personnel aiming to deepen their understanding of psychiatric services and interventions in community settings.
  • This course welcomes those looking to specialise or transition their careers into the field of mental health, offering comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary for providing effective support and care within community mental health frameworks.


At Open Learning College, we firmly believe that education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or previous education experience. That’s why we’ve designed our Community Mental Health & Psychiatry (Level 4)course to be open to anyone who is interested in learning more about this fascinating subject, without any prior knowledge or experience required.

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Clinical psychologists assess and treat clients with a range of mental or physical health issues, conditions and disorders

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