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Role of the Mental Health Practitioner in Acute Psychiatry
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The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to delivering an excellent student experience, alongside a high standard of teaching, research, and training. As a leader in ethical education, Notre Dame aims to develop students’ critical reasoning and their ability to make ethical decisions—crucial skills to progressing their careers and leading purposeful lives. At Notre Dame, students navigate their future with an ethical education online.
On completion of this course students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Devise a plan of care for the acutely mentally unwell person that reflects a holistic examination and assessment of the individual.
- Create documents that demonstrate the access pathways and resources for the management of clients with psychiatric illnesses’
- Design a crisis intervention plan detailing how this is informed by crisis intervention theories
- Create a strategy to increase public awareness of mental health matters outlining contemporary treatment practices and psychosocial interventions in Australia
- Deconstruct one’s own biases and assumptions of mental illness reflecting awareness and knowledge of one’s own understanding
- Role of the mental health practitioner
- Interpersonal communication
- Holistic model of care
- Mental health laws
- Community mental health
- Psychosocial interventions
The course will examine current trends and practice in delivering psychiatric care to people suffering acute mental illness. Emphasis on treatment and care options within tertiary, secondary and community settings will highlight ways in which healthcare agencies partner with other organisations and services such as General Practitioners and Police. Students will debate and reflect the ethical considerations inherent in determining a variety of hospital and community based treatments. This course is informed by current legislation.
- Online reflection and discussion (20%)
- 2000-3000 word essay (40%)
- Presentation uploaded to LMS (20%)
- LMS based online test (20%)