SWSP5614 Theory and Practice: Mental Health

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides a critical overview of key international and national theoretical perspectives on mental health in the context of Australian social, political and cultural practice. Students apply and evaluate theoretical knowledge and skills for practice with young people and adults who have a mental health problem and with their families and communities.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theories, modalities and frameworks that are an essential part of the modern biopsychosocial conceptualisation of mental illness; (2) demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of biopsychosocial interventions for mental health presentations; (3) identify and articulate theoretical and clinical knowledge required for understanding and engaging clients with a diagnosed mental illness; (4) demonstrate a more sophisticated conceptualisation of psychiatric diagnoses; and (5) apply conceptual and theoretical explanations of mental illness to real clinical situations.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Sachmann
Contact hours
30 hours
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.