Community Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Course code PSYC6230Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

This course is not part of an APAC accredited sequence. This course focuses on the application of theory and evidence-based knowledge to address specific mental health problems in the community. Students will learn how to evaluate the current parameters of a community/public health problem, such as suicidal behaviours. Course content is driven from a psychological perspective, but emphasises a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and improving major health problems. Students will learn how to develop and evaluate programs for treatment, research, and improvement of a specific community health problem. The course includes detailed discussion of suicidal behaviours and suicide prevention as a leading, and worldwide, health concern.

Available in 2014

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013
Objectives1. Gain an understanding of the multidisciplinary approach to community health
2. Understand the psychological approach toward community health issues
3. Learn how to work with multidisciplinary teams
4. Understand the impact of grief and loss
5. Define risk and protective factors of community health problems, e.g. suicide
6. Cover the epidemiology and treatment of suicidal behaviours
7. Evaluate suicide prevention and other community health programs
ContentThis course will provide students with background knowledge on community health problems and programs aimed at providing community assistance. Students will gain knowledge and skills in designing, implementing and evaluating community health and mental health programs. Suicide prevention will be presented as an example community problem, which will be addressed through a multidisciplinary perspective.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePSYC6000 and PSYC6050 or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsForums
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Examination: On-line
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Report
Online Discussion
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of PSYC6000 and PSYC6050, or approval for enrolment by the Program Convenor.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PSYC6230