UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SWSP5634 Social Work and Mental Health Practice

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit examines the two important aspects governing clinical practice in a mental health context. This includes theoretical modalities (knowledge, modules of understanding) and clinical intervention strategies (techniques, therapeutic modalities). The philosophical framework governing the unit from the mental health perspective is the biopsychosocial model, which consciously attempts to incorporate all of the significant dimensions in human existence to optimally conceptualise our understanding of the human condition in general and mental health issues specifically. Two important aspects governing clinical practice in a mental health context are examined. This includes theoretical modalities (knowledge, models of understanding) and clinical intervention strategies (techniques, therapeutic modalities).
Outcomes Students are able to (1) have an understanding of the conceptual basis and practical clinical application of the biopsychosocial model of mental illness; (2) become familiar with the psychiatric classification process and some of the core diagnostic categories used in psychiatry; (3) have an understanding of the different philosophical positions in relation to the conceptualisation and treatment of mental health issues, e.g. recovery and the orthodox medical model; (4) know and understand what statutes are relevant to the practice of mental health in Western Australia; (5) understand some of the contemporary tensions in the delivery of mental health services; (6) have some understanding about the impact of mental health and drugs on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and (7) have some understanding of the impact of mental health and drugs on culturally diverse peoples.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) group presentation; and (2) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Mark Sachmann
Contact hours 3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/SWSP5634/SEM-2/2017

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