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NU7418 Working with People Who Experience Psychosis or Related Experiences (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this module the student should be able to:

This module explores the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of advanced practice in working with people who experience psychosis or have related experiences. On successful completion of this module, the student will be expected to demonstrate specialist knowledge and critical understanding of the following:

  • The philosophical principles, theories and policy drivers that underpin working with people who experience psychosis or have related experiences.
  • Debates about mental health policy and current mental health research relevant to psychosis and related experiences.
  • Research based evidence that informs working with people who experience psychosis or have related experiences.
  • The complexities of professional, ethical and legal perspectives on working with people who experience psychosis or have related experiences.
  • Critique the evidence base for psychological and social interventions for working with people who experience psychosis or have related experiences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the application of comprehensive assessment methods for ascertaining the needs of people who experience psychosis or have related experiences.
  • Implement a range of evidence-based interventions that incorporate self-help and empowering approaches to minimise the impact of the illness on the individual.
  • Promote a commitment to the implementation of psychological and social intervention for service users within the context of the multidisciplinary approach.
  • Critically evaluate a ix. n intervention in the practice area that you have developed and implemented.

Module Learning Aims & Rationale

In Ireland, some form of an eating disorder affects approximately 200,000 people, with 400 hundred new cases presenting each year (DoHC 2006). Care, treatment and recovery from an eating disorder are often associated with a relapsing and remitting trajectory. Working with people affected by eating disorders is a complex endeavour for all concerned however, little information or training is available, which enables health care workers to understand and respond more skilfully and effectively to people across the lifespan affected by eating disorders. Increased knowledge can improve health care workers’ early detection of eating disorders.

The aim of this module is to provide participants with a holistic exploration of eating disorders and to equip participants with the core knowledge and skills to identify, manage and engage therapeutically with people across the lifespan recovering from an eating disorder. The module will also examine the responses and attitudes towards people affected by eating disorders and examine how it affects building, maintaining and sustaining a supportive working relationship with the person in a range of settings.

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources


  • Brownell, K., Fairburn, C. (2002). Eating disorders and obesity: A comprehensive handbook (2nd ed.): The Guilford Press.
  • Department of Health and Children (2006) ‘A Vision for change’ Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy. Stationary Office, Dublin.
  • Fairburn C. G. (2008) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Eating Disorders. The Guildford Press, Surrey, UK.
  • Fairburn C.G. (2013) Overcoming Binge Eating 2nd edn, The Guildford Press, Surrey, UK
  • Lock, J., Le Grange, D., Agras, S., Dare, C. (2013) Treatment manual for anorexia nervosa: A family based approach (2nd ed.):The Guilford Press, New York, London
  • Maine M., Hartman McGilley B., & Bunnell D. (2010) Treatment of eating disorders: Bridging the research practice gap. Elsevier, .London, UK
  • O'Dea, S. & Bodywhys (2013) Eating Disorders - A Resource for General Practitioners, Bodywhys, Dublin.
  • Poppink J. (2011) Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder. Conari Press, New York.
  • Roth G. (2010) Women Food and God 2nd edn, Scribner, New York.
  • Treasure J., Smith G. & Crane A. (2007) Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder, The New Maudsley Method. Routledge, London.
  • Zerbe K. J. (2008) Integrated treatment of eating disorders: Beyond the body betrayed. W. W. Norton, New York.


  • Bohon C., Stice E., & Burton E. (2009) Maintenance factors for persistence of bulimic pathology: A prospective natural history study. International Journal of Eating Disorder, 42(2), 173-178.
  • Crisp, A. (2006). Death, survival and recovery in anorexia nervosa: a thirty five year study. European Eating Disorders Review 14(3), 168-175.
  • Currin L., Schmidt U., & Waller G. (2007) Variables that influence diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders within primary care settings: A vignette study. International Journal of Eating Disorders 40, 257-262.
  • Lamoureux M. M. H., & Bottorff J. L. (2005) Becoming the real me: Recovering from anorexia nervosa. Healthcare Women International, 26(2), 170-188.
  • Titular L., Buckroyd J., Klimas J., Creaner M., Wellsted D., Bunn F. & Green G. (2013) Helpful and unhelpful aspects of eating disorders treatment involving psychological therapy.
  • British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Retrieved from /Systematic_Reviews_and_Publications/eating_ disorders_review.php
  • Weaver K., Wuest J. & Ciliska D. (2005) Understanding women’s journey of recovering from anorexia nervosa. Qualitative Health Researcher, 15(2), 188- 206.

Web resources

  • Bodywhys -
  • Beat (beating eating disorders)
  • NEDA –

*Other readings will be provided by individual lecturers.