Sociology and Psychology of Mental Health for Occupational Therapy

Description

This course provides second year Occupational Therapy students the core sociology and psychology components required for their degree. It builds on the substantial theoretical and practical experiences of the OT degree with a focus on illustrating the interplay between sociological, psychological and social factors, which are core practice requirements in the discipline of Occupational Therapy.

a) The sociology strand addresses sociological perspectives of mental health and illness, including the social processes that lead to the labeling of people with mental illness and the construction of mental illness in society. The course also considers the processes, systems and structures that govern the provision of mental health services and health professional practice.

b) 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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify sociological theories and perspectives on mental health and illness and identify the impacts on OT practice

2. Analyse the social processes related to mental health and illness and understand how these impact on access to treatment

3. Critically explore the changing organisation 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

4. Identify the major classifications of abnormal behaviour; their diagnosis, and clinical management as they pertain to OT practice

5. Identify major psychological theoretical frames of reference that guide the practice of psychology (e.g. Psychoanalytical, behavioural, cognitive) with an aim to determining best practice for care

Content

PSYCHOLOGY

  1. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
  2. Classification Systems
  3. Affective Disorders
  4. Developmental Disabilities
  5. Personality Disorders
  6. Anxiety and Substance use Disorders

SOCIOLOGY:

7) The Social Construction of Mental Illness

8) Mental Illness in Australian Society

9) Mental Health and Labelling

10) Mental Health World and Professions

11) Medicalisation Models of Care

12) Mental Health for the 21st Century

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): PSYC3505. Students who have successfully completed PSYC3505 are not eligible to enrol in SOCA2505.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program.

Assumed Knowledge

PSYC2505

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial exercises

Essay: Essay

Formal Examination: Exam

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Psychology Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for weeks 1-6 Sociology Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for weeks 7-12

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Psychology Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for weeks 1-6 Sociology Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for weeks 7-12