Thursday 25 March 2021 – 4pm
Tuesday 22 June 2021 – 4pm

Code: 8179

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 8178)


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 3 – Issues & Debates and using your expertise beyond the Psychology classroom

In this session we will be focussing on the issues and debates that surround Mental Health and the growing awareness and concerns in the wider community. In the second half we will explore insights from the subject and how Psychology departments can (and should) support the wider schools management of this issue.


  • 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 3 out of 3: Applying issues and debates, and mental health to the wider school

4.00 – 4.05pm: Welcome and review

  • Review of biological and non-biological explanations and treatments in mental health, which are best to use for certain exam questions to avoid common errors.

4.05-4.40pm: Applying Issues and Debates to mental health

  • Overview of three main debates; Nature vs Nurture (Interactionism), Free-will vs Determinism, and Reductionism vs Holism, focusing on; why these three debates are so important in mental health and the consequences of their assumptions for mental health.
  • How to apply explanations of mental health to the debates using; physical line ups, scaffolded dinner party debates, rule of thumb, debate grids and scales, and tips for revision.
  • How to evaluate debates whilst applying to mental health; using evaluation toolkits and strengths and weaknesses of holding each position. Exam focus on how to write a balanced argument with a conclusion.
  • Focus on issues, such as Ethics of mental health treatments and key research; how to deliver these passionately but sensitively, controversies are good, the use of placebos and the ethical journey of psychology.

4.40-5.20pm: Applying mental health to support the wider school community

  • Psychology’s responsibility and how the department can help the wider school through; mental health awareness, mental health events, charity fundraising and volunteering.
  • Using research and awareness of Safeguarding team to profile at risk students, what characteristics may they have? What disorders are most common per age range and gender?
  • Supporting staff and students in school by adopting a mental health awareness ethos through; collaborating with Safeguarding team, PSHE and assembly themes, Wellness Wednesdays, psychological first aid training, mind medic, minimising workload, email policy, challenging negative language and displays around the school and bookmarks in books.
  • How to measure the effects of any mental health intervention; star charts, behaviour, attendance and self-reported data from staff/students.
  • How to help your own mental health; noticing your own stressors, cognitive reframing, how to manage your workload and how to be kind to yourself.

5:20-5:30pm: 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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