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Coffs Harbour Session 2 Session 2
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Builds upon foundational knowledge and skills in mental health care and extends student understanding of mental health concepts and care of clients with acute and long-term mental health and psychiatric problems. Students will be provided the opportunity to develop skills in assessment and intervention inclusive of advanced pharmacological, psycho-social and inter-personal knowledge and capabilities.

Unit content

  • Introduction to mental health and illness
  • Models of mental health and illness
  • Mental health legislation, ethics and human rights
  • Holistic assessment and therapeutic use of self
  • Talk-based and psychosocial interventions and interpersonal counselling
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychotic disorders: assessment, planning and interventions
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics in the care and management of chronic and acute psychiatric disorders
  • Overview of the DSMIV
  • IPCU: high dependency care
  • Seclusion and restraint
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and healing
  • Home and community-based care

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Apply generic values, attitudes and inter-personal capabilities designed to diminish stigma and marginalisation to mental health specific contexts
2 Identify common mental health conditions within our society and the impact this has upon the individual
3 Apply the principles of prevention, early intervention and recovery in the context of mental health care and the application of NSW Mental Health Act (2007) to people with a mental health problem.
4 Undertake a bio-psycho-social mental health assessment of the whole person to identify client strengths and needs within mental health and/or psychiatric contexts
5 Connect assessment formulations to nursing interventions inclusive of inter-personal relating, talk based interventions and advanced psycho-pharmacology

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

  1. Apply generic values, attitudes and inter-personal capabilities designed to diminish stigma and marginalisation to mental health specific contexts
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
  2. Identify common mental health conditions within our society and the impact this has upon the individual
    • GA4:
  3. Apply the principles of prevention, early intervention and recovery in the context of mental health care and the application of NSW Mental Health Act (2007) to people with a mental health problem.
    • GA4:
  4. Undertake a bio-psycho-social mental health assessment of the whole person to identify client strengths and needs within mental health and/or psychiatric contexts
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. Connect assessment formulations to nursing interventions inclusive of inter-personal relating, talk based interventions and advanced psycho-pharmacology
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

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