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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast

Unit description

Examines the relationship between occupational performance, the psychosocial dimensions of mental function and related environmental and social factors that impact on mental health. The theory and practice of occupational therapy assessment and intervention will be analysed and applied to address occupational performance concerns associated with mental health and well-being.

Unit content

  • Overview of the psychosocial domain of practice.
  • Overview of relationship between occupational performance and mental health.
  • Impact of drug and alcohol abuse on occupational performance.
  • Service models and areas of occupational therapy practice in mental health.
  • Global trends, federal and state policies, and other practice trends such as the use of evidence, partnerships and consumer focused practice - implications for people with mental illness and mental health practice.
  • National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation, standards and guidelines.
  • Concepts of wellness, recovery and resilience.
  • Mental Health Outcome and Assessment Tools (MH-OAT) and Occupational Therapy assessments in mental health.
  • Application of theoretical frames of reference &/ or conceptual practice models in occupational therapy programs in mental health.
  • Individual and group intervention approaches (theory & practice).
  • OT treatment/program planning in mental health using case studies.

Learning outcomes

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1investigate the relationship between mental functioning (psychosocial) and occupational performance and explain the impact of mental illness on occupational performance
2articulate the role of occupational therapy within mental health services
3critically discuss the implications of global trends, federal and state legislation and policies on occupational therapy in mental health services
4conduct relevant assessments in order to investigate the relationship between occupational performance, mental health and substance addiction
5apply knowledge of the person, occupation and environment in planning, implementing and evaluating collaborative mental health programs
6apply theoretical perspectives and best practice models in planning and implementing occupational therapy programs for specific clients within a mental health practice setting
7identify and assess the functional outcomes of intervention.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. investigate the relationship between mental functioning (psychosocial) and occupational performance and explain the impact of mental illness on occupational performance
  2. articulate the role of occupational therapy within mental health services
  3. critically discuss the implications of global trends, federal and state legislation and policies on occupational therapy in mental health services
  4. conduct relevant assessments in order to investigate the relationship between occupational performance, mental health and substance addiction
  5. apply knowledge of the person, occupation and environment in planning, implementing and evaluating collaborative mental health programs
  6. apply theoretical perspectives and best practice models in planning and implementing occupational therapy programs for specific clients within a mental health practice setting
  7. identify and assess the functional outcomes of intervention.

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Laboratory session 3 hours
Structured online learning 2 hours
Assessment
Essay60%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours
Laboratory session 3 hours
Assessment
Essay60%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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Fee information

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