Involves a critical analysis of the use of psychotherapy in mental health practice. Students will explore in depth, the assumptions, practices and outcomes associated with at least one school of psychotherapy and consider its application to a practice area. They will explore the notion of the therapeutic alliance, how problems are formulated and how therapeutic activity might be incorporated into routine practice.
Students will be supported to develop a plan of study around a psychotherapy of interest. Readings will be provided which address:
- Topic 1. A brief historical overview of psychotherapy, from ancient times to the present.
- Topic 2. The scientific and ideological foundations on which psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy are based.
- Topic 3. Selected therapeutic approaches, including psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential, person-centred, Gestalt, reality, behaviour, cognitive-behaviour, family systems and feminist therapies. Comments regarding their usefulness and efficacy are provided for each
- Topic 4. An evaluation of the therapies in general, as well as a description of the context in which therapeutic care is delivered.
- Topic 5. The therapies in action, and such issues as the therapeutic alliance, therapist-client relationships, characteristics of both therapist and client, the type of therapy appropriate for specific clients and preferred styles of therapy.
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||determine the ways in which social constructionism influences therapies, therapists and clients||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|2||critically analyse the literature supporting and/or opposing various therapies||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||determine the effectiveness and validity of various mental health therapies||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||explore in detail the theoretical foundations, techniques and value of one or more therapies of interest||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
|5||identify the social, cultural, organisational, political and global factors that determine the perceived efficacy and value of therapeutic approaches||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|6||demonstrate a strong understanding of ethical issues that arise in therapeutic practice||Ethical practice|
|7||utilise reflective practice principles to critically evaluate personal mental health/psychotherapeutic practice.||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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