Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions

Course code MEDI6295Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

This is a distance learning postgraduate elective course, containing five short-course modules delivered on Blackboard and CD-ROM. The course focuses on personality-related mental health problems that are frequently encountered in health and welfare settings. Students are to complete the following five modules: Self-injury; The Difficult Personality (Borderline Personality Disorder); The Aggressive Person; and Suspicion Beyond Reason (Suspicion and Paranoia) and eating problems. Students develop a detailed understanding of the development and manifestation of these problems, and acquire skills for effective professional engagement with people presenting with clinical manifestations of personality problems. The course is highly structured, and employs a problem-based approach to learning. Students work through detailed clinical scenarios (working problems), aided by realistic video dramatisations. Assessment includes written short responses on Blackboard on all five modules, an assignment on the self-injury module with the remaining two assignments being a choice (from the remaining four modules).


Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. To provide quality, people based and solution-focused mental health education for health and welfare professionals;
2. To increase the effectiveness of professional engagement with people with mental health problems, in health (including primary care) and welfare settings;
3. To foster the practice of elementary review, synthesis and critical appraisal of mental health literature (particularly regarding treatment outcomes and prevention) with a view to improving referral practices and case planning for people with personality-related mental health problems.
ContentModule 1: Self-Injury
1.1 Introduction to self-injury
1.2 The nature and context of self-injury
1.3 The mental health response to self-injury
Module 2: The Aggressive Person
2.1 Introduction to the aggressive person
2.2 Developmental pathways to aggressive behaviour
2.3 Violence in detail: Personality, relationships and substance use
2.4 Professional engagement with the aggressive person
Module 3: The Difficult Personality
3.1 Introduction to the difficult personality
3.2 Development of a difficult personality
3.3 Clinical manifestations of the difficult personality
3.4 Professional engagement with the difficult personality
Module 4: Suspicion Beyond Reason
4.1 Suspicion in everyday society
4.2 The overly suspicious person (paranoia)
4.3 The person with paranoid delusions
4.4 Professional engagement with the overly suspicious person
Module 5: Eating Problems
Replacing Course(s)This course was previously known as MEDI6290 (Psychological Solutions for health/Welfare Profess)
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGraduate practitioner in a health or welfare profession (eg Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy)
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Assignments and Blackboard Discussions.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MEDI6295