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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Exposes learners to a critical exploration and practical application of the core contexts of mental health within the Australian health care systems. Contemporary policy issues, core professional values, the self within therapeutic relationships, foundational skills within mental health professional clinical practice that build toward collaborative recovery and evidence-based mental health practice will be covered.

Unit content

  1. Overarching mental health policy and legislation impacting on daily clinical practice and experienced interventions
  2. The therapeutic relationship and effective use of self 
  3. Emotional Intelligence, empathy and compassion
  4. Bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment and formulation
  5. Clinical supervision 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 analyse contemporary mental health policy, key legislation and professional standards and how they influence mental health practice and the experience of care
2 review the evidence-based literature on the therapeutic relationship and argue its importance for working in partnership with consumers to meet their holistic needs
3 critically explore the concepts of empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence in the provision of mental health care
4 construct a clinical / case formulation drawing on psychotherapeutic theory, extant research and clinical reasoning which effectively addresses the holistic needs of the individual
5 demonstrate a critical understanding of reflective practice and clinical supervision in professional role development in the mental health sector.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse contemporary mental health policy, key legislation and professional standards and how they influence mental health practice and the experience of care
  2. review the evidence-based literature on the therapeutic relationship and argue its importance for working in partnership with consumers to meet their holistic needs
  3. critically explore the concepts of empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence in the provision of mental health care
  4. construct a clinical / case formulation drawing on psychotherapeutic theory, extant research and clinical reasoning which effectively addresses the holistic needs of the individual
  5. demonstrate a critical understanding of reflective practice and clinical supervision in professional role development in the mental health sector.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.