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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Learners develop deeper knowledge of psychological approaches and models of understanding that influence consumers undertaking constructive change that supports recovery. Learners will critically deconstruct the concepts around behaviour change within the context of their professional discipline. Motivational Interviewing strategies that resonate with co-constructed change between consumer and clinician will underpin the unit.

Unit content

  • Behaviour change as a construct
  • Influences of mental health complications on human behaviour
  • Neurophysiology and behaviour change
  • Motivation and behaviour change
  • Motivational Interviewing    

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically analyse and deconstruct behaviour change within mental health contexts Intellectual rigour
2 evaluate the influences of emerging understandings around neurophysiology on behaviour within mental health contexts Intellectual rigour
3 formulate effective individual and systemic responses to correcting power imbalance between clinician and consumer, drawing from recovery-based principles Ethical practice
4 apply motivational interviewing knowledge and strategies to facilitate co-constructed constructive consumer behaviour change Lifelong learning
5 critically reflect on the implications that emerge from using motivational interviewing from the perspective of the learner’s specific discipline. Lifelong learning

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

  1. critically analyse and deconstruct behaviour change within mental health contexts
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. evaluate the influences of emerging understandings around neurophysiology on behaviour within mental health contexts
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. formulate effective individual and systemic responses to correcting power imbalance between clinician and consumer, drawing from recovery-based principles
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  4. apply motivational interviewing knowledge and strategies to facilitate co-constructed constructive consumer behaviour change
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. critically reflect on the implications that emerge from using motivational interviewing from the perspective of the learner’s specific discipline.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • Miller, WR & Rollnick, S, 2013, Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, NY, Guilford Press.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.