Psychology and Sociology of Mental Health for Occupational Therapy
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Students who have successfully completed OCCT3210 or OCCT3110 may not enrol in this course
SOCA1200, PSYC1030, OCCT2220. + general OT practical experiences gained in placements.
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks