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Unit description

Explores the evolution in conceptualising mental health and psychological diagnoses, including historical, theoretical, scientific, and cultural perspectives. The unit examines the boundary between normal experiences and clinically significant symptoms and incorporates lived-experience perspectives. Biopsychosocial factors that create and maintain psychological symptoms, the strengths and limitations of diagnoses, and evidence-based therapeutic approaches to improve mental health and wellbeing for specific diagnoses are considered throughout. 

Unit content

  1. Theoretical frameworks, aetiology, and classification systems
  2. Neurodevelopmental diagnoses and common mental health presentations in children and adolescents
  3. Depressive, anxiety, and bipolar diagnoses
  4. Eating, obsessive-compulsive, and substance-related diagnoses
  5. Trauma and stressor-related, dissociative, and somatic diagnoses
  6. Psychosis, personality diagnoses, and neurocognitive and mental health presentations in older adults

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:
1describe developmental and psychological diagnoses and how these are distinct from normal experiences and expected behaviours in a cultural context
2examine psychological diagnoses from a historic, theoretical, scientific, and lived-experience perspective
3collaborate to convey contemporary ideas about psychological diagnoses and approaches that improve mental health and wellbeing
4discuss how psychological diagnoses are conceptualised and defined in the DSM and ICD and limitations of these classification systems, including cultural bias

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

  1. describe developmental and psychological diagnoses and how these are distinct from normal experiences and expected behaviours in a cultural context
  2. examine psychological diagnoses from a historic, theoretical, scientific, and lived-experience perspective
  3. collaborate to convey contemporary ideas about psychological diagnoses and approaches that improve mental health and wellbeing
  4. discuss how psychological diagnoses are conceptualised and defined in the DSM and ICD and limitations of these classification systems, including cultural bias

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
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Prescribed Resources/Equipment
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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Presentation: Individual 20% / Group 10%30%
Reflective writing30%
Case study40%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Presentation: Individual 20% / Group 10%30%
Reflective writing30%
Case study40%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Presentation: Individual 20% / Group 10%30%
Reflective writing30%
Case study40%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

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