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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Develops students’ knowledge and skills in mental health practice, addressing psychosocial health and well being across the life cycle. Dominant discourses and constructions of mental and physical health are covered with a critical awareness of the issues inherent in using deficit models. The unit is co-designed with people with lived experience of mental illness.

Unit content

  1. Lived experience of mental distress and influences of social context
  2. Explanatory frameworks of mental distress and recovery
  3. Social work practice in mental health
  4. Practising social work in this field l
  5. Practising social work in this field lI
  6. Fostering well-being

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 understand the relationship between people and their environment
2 explain discourses and constructions of mental distress, acknowledging the diverse lived experiences of people who live with mental distress and their families and friends
3 explain the potential and scope of social work practice in building resilience and facilitating recovery
4 demonstrate an understanding of how social work with individuals, groups and communities responds effectively to health and disability, particularly with respect to mental health

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

  1. understand the relationship between people and their environment
  2. explain discourses and constructions of mental distress, acknowledging the diverse lived experiences of people who live with mental distress and their families and friends
  3. explain the potential and scope of social work practice in building resilience and facilitating recovery
  4. demonstrate an understanding of how social work with individuals, groups and communities responds effectively to health and disability, particularly with respect to mental health

Prescribed texts

  • Bland, R., Drake, G. & Drayton, J., 2021, Social Work Practice in Mental Health : An Introduction, Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-003-14891-3.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.