SWSP5616 Mental Health Policy and Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines some fundamental practice-related issues, specifically, the therapeutic relationship. Throughout the graduate certificate course the importance of the therapeutic relationship has been given singular significance. We all refer to it continually, but what is it really, do we know what we mean when we refer to the therapeutic relationship? The importance of supervision has always been emphasised in many of the clinical disciplines, in particular, Social Work. But what exactly is professional supervision and how is it different from consultation or support? The unit examines the different meanings of supervision and how to get the most out of this process. While the importance of assessment is acknowledged too often, it is discipline and department specific and linked to exclusion criteria. A form of psychodynamic assessment is examined and presented as an alternative form of assessment that may be applicable in all work contexts.
Students are able to (1) develop a more sophisticated understanding of the concept of the 'therapeutic relationship' and its clinical application; (2) have an increased understanding of professional supervision and how it may be usefully applied in the work context; (3) develop an understanding of psychodynamic assessment and how it may be useful in the clinical context; and (4) demonstrate increased understanding of the concept of transference and how it may be useful in clinical practice.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Sachmann
Contact hours
30 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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