Mental Health Professional Practice

Description

This course extends students' knowledge and understanding of mental disorders and the related clinical and pharmacological interventions. An introduction to the spectrum of mental disorders encountered across the life-span, in a range of clinical contexts and in different cultural groups is provided. The effects of trauma and attachment difficulties upon emotional and physical development will provide a background to an emphasis on prevention and early intervention. Contemporary neurobiological understandings of depression and schizophrenia will inform students' learning about quality use of medications specific to mental illness. Evidence-based psychological and psychosocial interventions, models of care and awareness of potential human rights violations are integral to this course. The importance of reflective practice and clinical supervision as a means of enhancing the clinician's capacity for therapeutic practice will be addressed.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to professional practice

2. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to critical thinking and analysis

3. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to provision and coordination of care

4. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to collaborative and therapeutic practice

Content

Theme 1 - Professional Practice
Success completion of this module will enable you to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the legal principles relating to the relevant aspects of current mental health legislation.
  • explore the ethical concept of 'human rights' using Socratic dialogue
  • outline the strategic directions in the current Australian National Health Priorities in regard to mental health.
  • within a quality use of medication framework describe the mechanisms by which medications such as anti-depressants and anti-psychotics ameliorate depression and psychotic disorders
  • demonstrate an understanding of issues of relevance for mental health care delivery such as cultural safety and respect for the rights and needs of consumers, their family and carers


Theme 2 - Critical Thinking and Analysis
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:

  • identify and define common terms relating to mental health problems and disorders
  • describe contemporary neurobiological understandings of mental health problems such as depression and schizophrenia
  • use reflective practice and self-evaluation to identify your personal development needs and seek appropriate support
  • use reflective practice to develop a greater awareness of self and the ways in which personal attributes affect interaction with clients and others


Theme 3 - Provision and Coordination of Care
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:

  • use the clinical reasoning cycle to explore selected clinical scenarios specific to mental health contexts
  • demonstrate mastery of mental health assessment and risk management tools
  • describe and use evidence-based approaches for detecting and diagnosing mental health disorders
  • demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based clinical care for common mental health presentations that demonstrates understanding of the impact of health breakdown, the psychosocial dimensions of the illness experience, and the effects on the family and significant others


Theme 4 - Collaborative and therapeutic practice
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:

  • demonstrate the principles and practices of therapeutic communication specific to mental health care
  • demonstrate an understanding of issues of relevance for mental health care delivery such as cultural safety and respect for the rights and needs of consumers, their family and carers.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery Program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of NURS1101. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite - successful completion or concurrent enrolment in NURS1201.

Assumed Knowledge

Concurrent enrolment or previous successful completion of Clinical Practice 2A (NURS 2102) and Foundations of Professional Practice 2A (NURS2101).

Assessment Items

Presentation: Powerpoint presentation

Presentation: Oral presentation

Online Learning Activity: Online quiz

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact Hours

Forum

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Forum - Online Learning Activity (BLOGS)

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term

6 hours per week for 1 week and 1 hour per week for 6 weeks

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Tutorials and Lectures can be delivered either face to face or online.