Psychology and Sociology of Mental Health for Occupational Therapy

Course code PSYC3505Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

This course does not form part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.

This course provides third year Occupational Therapy students the core psychology and sociology components required for their OT degree. It builds on the substantial theoretical and practical experiences of the OT degree with a focus on illustrating the interplay between Psychological and social factors and the core discipline of Occupational Therapy.

a) The psychological component, focuses on the role of psychological processes in the maintenance of well being, and the manner in which psychological dysfunction can be a consequence or precipitant of impaired productivity.
b) The sociology strand addresses sociological perspective on mental health and illness, including the social processes that lead to the categorisation of behaviour as pathological and that govern the provision of mental health services and health professional practice.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesStudents will:
- Identify the major classifications of abnormal behaviour; their diagnosis, and clinical management as they pertain to OT practice
- Identify major psychological theoretical frames of reference that guide the practice of psychology (eg. Psychoanalytical, behavioural, cognitive) with an aim to determining best practice for care.
- Analyse processes whereby human actions come to be viewed as pathological, and
- Identify specific interview techniques.
- Identify sociological perspectives on mental health and illness and identify the impacts on OT practice.
- Analyse the social processes whereby human action comes to be viewed as pathological
- Critically explore the changing organization and treatment of mental illness and the involvement of health professions particularly with occupational therapy and its relationship to other related professions in a team environment.
ContentTopics include:
- Abnormal Psychology Theory;
- Abnormal behaviour, diagnosis and clinical management of psychological factors in an OT discipline;
- Psychological approaches to the management of such problems in a team environment.
- Sociological interpretations of mental health and illness
- Social processes shaping understandings of mental health and illness
- Involvement of the OT profession in mental health care and team approach care
- The changing organisation of mental health services and treatment
- Australian initiatives within the context of globalisation.
Replacing Course(s)OCCT3110, OCCT3210
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed OCCT3210 or OCCT3110 may not enrol in this course
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSOCA1200, PSYC1030, OCCT2220. + general OT practical experiences gained in placements.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsSociology 1800 word essay
Examination: FormalPsychology end of semester exam
Other: (please specify)Sociology weekly class exercise
Presentations - GroupPsychology in-class small group presentations
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 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.