Introduction to Psychosocial and Mental Health Issues in Occupational Therapy Practice

Course code OCCT3120Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course aims to consolidate and extend the first two years of students learning about environment-occupation interface, and its impact on occupational performance. This will be achieved through integrating students existing knowledge of the effects of physical dysfunction on occupation with increased understanding of psychosocial issues and an introduction to the impact of disorders of mental health. This integration is considered essential for competent holistic occupational therapy practice as clients whose occupational functioning is affected by psychosocial issues or disorders of mental health may be encountered in any practice setting.
The course also provides an introduction to specific mental health practice with content including the context of practice, theoretical constructs, contemporary issues and problem solving opportunities in treatment planning, occupational analysis, intervention, and evaluation.
The course also provides opportunities for the extension of knowledge and skills relating to communication, professional, legal and ethical issues and day to day management practices.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:
1. Understanding of and ability to apply theoretical frameworks in the context of psychosocial and mental health practice.
2. Understanding of the impact of psychosocial issues and disorders of mental health on occupational performance.
3. The capacity to plan, implement, evaluate and discuss therapeutic intervention strategies to enhance the occupational performance of individuals affected by psychosocial issues or disorders of mental health.
4. Understanding of the context of occupational therapy practice in mental health including policy, legal and ethical issues and institutional structures.
5. Awareness of contemporary issues in mental health and implications for occupational therapy practice.
Content1.Lectures - The lectures are designed to build the knowledge necessary for practice adressing effects of psychosocial issues and disorders of mental health on performance and Occupational Therapy practice within a mental health context. They will consider issues such as the history and current context of mental health occupational therapy practice, the underlying theoretical frameworks, and interventions used to support occupational performance.

2.Tutorials - Provide students with the opportunity to further expand understanding of issues covered in lectures and application to the practice arena.
Replacing Course(s)OCCT3101
TransitionStudents who have failed OCCT3101 will need to discuss with the Program and Course convenors a suitable transition program for 2008.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAll Years 1 and 2 courses within the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Problem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignment
(Assesses objectives 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Other: (please specify)Poster
(Assesses objectives 2, 4 & 5)
Presentations - GroupPresentation of occupational therapy intervention - case study
(Assesses objectives 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program.
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-First Aid Certificate
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of OCCT2100, & OCCT2200.