SWSP5615 Advanced Statutory Practice: Mental Health

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit deals with legislative, legal and professional association matters associated with working as a professional dealing with mental health problems of young people, children, adults and older people. It addresses issues including working with reluctant and/or involuntary clients; roles and responsibilities in statutory practice when patients have a mental illness; grief and loss; concepts such as 'vicarious trauma'; working with antisocial personality presentations; the Mental Health Act 1996; and the National Mental Health Standards.
Students are able to (1) review the particular ethical, legal and professional issues in relation to working with involuntary clients and their families and carers; (2) generate a sound understanding of some of the complex debates concerning standards of practice and competency levels of mental health practitioners; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the Western Australian Mental Health Act; (4) demonstrate knowledge of the delivery of mental health services in line with current mental health implementation guidelines; (5) demonstrate an awareness of and ability to manage the implications of ethical dilemmas and work proactively with others to formulate appropriate care plans; (6) identify and articulate the inherent tensions within the area of mental health praxis, in particular the nexus between policy and practice; and (7) have an advanced understanding of the issues, tensions and clinical solutions in working with reluctant and involuntary clients.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Sachmann
Contact hours
30 hours
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