Applied Psychosocial Mental Health in Occupational Therapy Practice

Course code OCCT3200Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course provides students with the opportunity to consolidate learning from OCCT3120 (Introduction to Mental Health and Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Practice). In addition it further develops students competencies in assessment, intervention, and program planning with consideration of different contexts of mental health practice. Students will also have the opportuity to consolidate skills through a 5 week professional placement.

This course is Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students should be able to:

1. Plan, implement and evaluate occupational interventions, within a selected theoretical framework, for people with identified psychosocial issues or mental disorder.
2. Articulate clinical reasoning for identified interventions.
3. Apply theory and principles of occupational therapy groupwork and programme planning in development of an intervention programme for a specified client group.
4. Demonstrate consideration of the context of mental health practice including policy, legal and ethical issues and institutional structures when planning interventions for clients.
Content1. Lectures - designed to build on the knowledge gained about OT practice in mental health in OCCT3120 and will cover assessment, intervention, and programme planning with consideration of different contexts of mental health practice, mental health issues across the lifespan and specialty areas of practice.

2. Tutorials - provide students with the opportunity to extend and consolidate learning from the lecture series.

3. Professional Placement - Preparation of students for placement, 5 week full time placement and debrief following placement.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge160 credit points of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Programme
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Assignment (Assesses Objective3)
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Assignment (Assesses Objectives 1,2 & 4)
Other: (please specify)Professional Placement PASS/FAIL
Presentations - IndividualPresentation ( Assesses Objectives 1, 2 & 4)
Contact HoursPracticum: for 35 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program.
This course includes a period of professional placement. The term professional placement includes all activities (clinical, fieldwork, industry placement, work experience) undertaken in a facility where patients or clients are seen and you are present as a student of the University of Newcastle. Placement is a compulsory course component of this course andplacement must be passed to pass this course.

To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate the following Placement Requirements prior to placement:

• a National Police Certificate
• a completed and signed NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement
• a completed and signed NSW Health Student Declaration
• all specified immunisations and evidence of immunity
• a completed NSW Health Form 2. - Tuberculosis (TB) assessment tool
• a completed NSW Health Form 3. - Student Undertaking/Declaration

International Students (additional requirements)

• Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence (translated into English and certified as a true copy)

All School of Health Sciences students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into their Programs in year 1, and students have been provided with information and assistance to complete the necessary placement requirements. Any student excluded from placement because they are unable to demonstrate the above compulsory course components will not be able to pass this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfill the requirements above, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, is required to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and their degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the necessary placement requirements.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of OCCT2254. WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.