EDUC5011 Promoting Child and Adolescent Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
In this unit students will develop theoretical and practical understanding of how to design, implement and evaluate interventions and programs to support mental health and wellbeing of students in educational settings. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of mental health, emotional wellbeing, resilience, positive wellbeing and how these differ from a focus on mental disorders, and how these concepts apply to students and staff in schools. The rationale for why resilience should be taught in schools will be discussed along with developing an understanding of what wellbeing means to children and adolescents. The range of individual, class-based and school-wide approaches to building mental health and positive wellbeing will be discussed. Participants will examine the evidence base supporting interventions and programs. Participants will also be introduced to concepts and methods for evaluating mental health and wellbeing programs so that they can (a) interrogate and analyse existing evidence-based programs and (b) evaluate the impact of programs and interventions within educational settings. Participants will be introduced to research designs that can be used to evaluate and measure the outcomes of a school-based intervention, and how to interpret the outcomes of an intervention. Participants will be introduced to the range of resources available to support the development of school-based wellbeing programs. The unit will also discuss what constitutes a culture of wellbeing within schools, and how to go about building a positive wellbeing culture in school.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) differentiate the concepts of mental health, emotional wellbeing, resilience and mental disorders; (2) evaluate the evidence base for successful mental health and wellbeing programs in education settings; (3) identify effective practices based on the existing evidence to develop a culture of wellbeing across whole schools or other education contexts; and (4) create a positive wellbeing program for use in education settings, and develop plans to implement such a program.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) program evaluation and (2) implementation plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor David Lawrence
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
EDUC5639 Childhood and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology and EDUC5010 Assessing and Interpreting Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing
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