Extension studies

Teaching language


Type of course

Free Elective

Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that the students deepen their knowledge of mental health, resources, risk factors and problems in a life course perspective, that they can master central concepts and methods within the mental area, and enlarge their ethical consciousness. The students strengthen their professional identity as well as their understanding of and prerequisites for multi-professional cooperation.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
* realise the significance of mental health and be able to explain how it can be supported by creative and expressive means
* reflect upon the significance of family work life and other networks for mental health
* identify specific risks and crisis situations
* analyse the significance of self-knowledge and body knowledge for his/her professional identity
* identify ethical problems within the area
describe how different actors can work for mental health.

Course contents

* Mental health, stress, crisis and development in a life coyrse perspective
* Creativity - destructivity
* Family dynamics, healthy and dysfunctional families, social networks
* The significance of sexuality
* Creative activity
* Depression, suicide
* Violent behavior, drug addiction
* Ethical aspects

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Psychiatric Care and Clinical Psychology

Recommended or required reading

Agerberg, M. 2001 Ut ur mörkret- en bok om depressioner. L
Stockholm: PAN (Norstedts Förlag).
Rawlins, R.P, Williams, S.R. & Beck, C.K. 1993 Mental Health - Psychiatric Nursing St.Louis Mosby, Year book.Poorman, S. G. 2005 Sexual responses and Sexual disorders. I:
Stuart, G.W. & Laraia, M.T. Principles and Practice of Psychiatric
Nursing. St. Louis: Elsivier Mosby
Währborg, P. 2003 Stress- och den nya ohälsan. Stockholm:
Natur och Kultur
Grönlund, E 1999 Konstnärliga terapier. Bild, dans och musik i
den läkande processen. Sockholm: Natur och Kultur

Reference literature:
Dropsy, J. 2004 Den harmoniska kroppen, en osynlig övning.
Stockholm: Natur och Kultur.
Kast, V. 2000 Vredens kraft - hos mej och andra. Köping: Natur
och Kultur.
Lönnqvist, J. Aro, H. & Marttunen, M. toim 1993 Itsemurhat
Suomessa 1987- projekti Helsinki: Stakes, tutkimuksia 25.
Retterstöl, N. !993 Suicide, a european perspektive. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.
Salmson, K. red 2005 Uppdrag: Familj. Berättelser från en ny
generation familjer. Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Förlag.
Sarvimäki, A. & Stenbock-Hult, B. 2008 Omvårdnadens etik. Sjuksköterskan och det moraliska rummet. Stockholm: Liber.
Wasserman, D. 1998 Depression, en vanlig sjukdom.
Stockholm: Natur och kultur.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 50 hours
  • Tuition managed by students but supervised by the teacher - 10 hours
  • Individual studies - 90 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 150 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 90 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 60 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Reports and productions


  • Arell-Sundberg Marina
  • Savolainen Jari
  • Sievers Hannele
  • Stadius Annika
  • Stenbock-Hult Bettina


Stenbock-Hult Bettina

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

The timetable of the course

03.02.09 kl 09 intro
12.15-13 Information om Mentala aspekter (B.Stenbock-Hult)
05.02.09 kl 12.45-16 Barn som mår psykiskt illa (A.Stadius)
10.02.09 kl 10.15-12 Ungdomstidens utmaningar som påverkar den mentala hälsan (B.Stenbock-Hult)
kl 12.45-16 Barn som mår psykiskt illa forts. (A.Stadius)
12.02.09 kl 13.15-17 Beroende och personlighetsdynamik i vuxenålder (J.Savolainen)
17.02.09 kl 09.15-12 Våldsbeteende hos kvinnor (A.Stadius)
kl 12.45-14.15 Ungdomstiden forts.
kl.14.30 - 16.00 Att använda skapande aktiviteter inom mentalvården (Marina Arell-S)
19.02.09 kl 12.45-16 Familjen och våld i par relationer (B. Stenbock-Hult)
24.02.09 kl 09.15-12 Sexualitetens dimensioner -en utmaning för vården (J.Savolainen)
24.02.09 kl 12.45-16 Äldre, depression (B. Stenbock-Hult)
Presentation av projektarbete
26.02.09 kl 12.45-16 Destruktivt beteende och självmordsproblematik ( B. Stenbock-Hult)
Etiska aspekter (B. Stenbock-Hult)
20.03.09 Inlämning av uppgift som görs i grupp och presenteras i seminarium
07.04.09 kl 09.15-16 Seminarium Obligatorisk närvaro
08.04.09 kl 09.15-16 Seminarium Obligatorisk närvaro

Assessment methods

2009-03-07 - Reports and productions

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