Wednesday 16 June 2021 – 4pm

Code: 8178

This is part of a series of 3 webinars all three can be purchased for £280, or individually for £110. (other webinars in this series – 8177 and 8179).


This course offers support on how to deliver and assess all aspects of the mental health curriculum to GCSE and A level Psychology students. Suitable for a range of psychology teachers who may be seeking more confidence in delivering the mental health aspects of the curriculum or want to develop this skill further. There will also be a discussion on how to support the wider school and the mental health of the students, for more experienced teachers or heads of department. This course will provide you with the skills to teach mental health sensitively and effectively. The course will cover how to best teach and assess; the background and contextual factors, disorders and their characteristics, explanations and treatments from biological and non-biological approaches with key research support, and how to apply issues and debates to the study of mental health. This course will boost your confidence in delivering mental health and help to improve your student outcomes and their mental health awareness.

Session 2 – Exploring the two approaches to mental health: Biological and Non-Biological

In this session we will be focussing on the two main approaches to mental health: underlying concepts, definitions and treatments


  • Provide teachers of GCSE and/or A level Psychology the material, skills and confidence to teach mental health effectively to all ability and age ranges
  • Explore creative ways to make psychology interesting and relevant to students, whilst making difficult concepts (biological psychology and mental health) more accessible.
  • Take away a range of activities and resources that you can implement in your teaching immediately.
  • Promote positive mental health among staff and students.



Session 2 out of 3: Biological and non-biological explanations and treatments of mental health

4.00 – 4.05pm: Welcome and review

  • Review of importance of knowing your psychology students, delivering the background and context of mental health, and teaching a full range of psychological disorders.

4.05-4.25pm: Biological explanations to mental health

  • How to teach genetic and evolutionary explanations, focusing on; common errors of cause and effect versus correlation, cross-curricular links to utilise prior learning and focus on difficult concepts, key terms and key research.
  • How to teach brain abnormality and neurotransmitters, focusing on; fun ways to learn about the brain and neurons, low stake ways of assessing key terms and how to use technology in the classroom to support.
  • Application of biological explanations to psychological disorders (AO2) using; case studies and novel sources, e.g. Depression and Schizophrenia.
  • Exam focus on extended pieces of writing describing (AO1) and evaluating (AO3) the biological explanations of mental health.

4.25-4.45pm: Biological treatments in mental health

  • Addressing the history and legacy of the medical model and making links to importance of psychology as a science.
  • How drug therapy works using; physical synaptic transmission, quick fire drawing, and condensing stages to only key terms.
  • A view of other biological treatments and some historical controversial treatments to encourage student debates and ethical issues.
  • Evaluation toolkit of biological treatments and explanations.

4:45-5:05pm: Non-biological explanations and psychological approaches to mental health

  • How to teach non-biological explanations to apply to a worked example of a psychological disorder; building on prior learning, focusing on key terms and condensing theory, and how to apply theory to a novel source. This will be used for:
  • Behavioural explanations (e.g. Phobias)
  • Cognitive explanations (e.g. Depression)
  • Psychodynamic explanations (e.g. Schizophrenia)
  • Social explanations (e.g. Addiction)

5:05-5:25pm: Non-biological treatments to mental health

  • Understanding the key terms and necessary parts of psychological treatments with a focus of applying to a source and exam technique for:
  • Behavioural treatment (e.g. Systematic desensitisation)
  • Cognitive treatment (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic treatment (e.g. Psychotherapy)
  • Evaluation toolkit of non-biological treatments and explanations.

5:25-5:30pm: Review and Q&A.

Michelle Satchwell

As an experienced passionate teacher and head of department in psychology, Michelle, has taught across a range of secondary schools and FE colleges across the UK, developing her practice to engage a variety of students. Michelle enjoys mentoring trainee teachers in psychology to develop their confidence, differentiation and resources. She has also worked as an examiner and team leader, developed resources for an exam board, and designed the content for the GCSE 9-1 specification. She has been published in Psychology Review and has since co-authored a new book; Psychology Review: A level Exams skills and Practice for Hodder Education.

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