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COU5005 Mental Health Practice 2

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Mental Health Prac 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090513 - Counselling
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Zahra Izadikhah

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Rationale

A requirement of the PACFA training standards is that students can demonstrate their ability to apply their theoretical knowledge in competent counselling and psychotherapy practice. This includes knowledge of mental health conditions across the lifespan as well as the knowledge and mastery of techniques for applying evidence based practices to the presenting problems. Students also need to demonstrate self-awareness, including the ability to relate to others in an effective way and to be aware of human diversity. This course will provide students with the critical knowledge base and advanced skills for effective, evidence-based practice in counselling and psychotherapy.

Synopsis

This course aims to build an advanced knowledge of psychopathology and mental health conditions in the context of the lifespan. It will also help students to gain expert knowledge of treatment of these psychological disorders. Students will learn about psychopharmacology and the medical approach to treatment of mental health conditions. They will also gain a thorough understanding of the methodologies and application of major counselling approaches. This course assists counselling practitioners to obtain professional knowledge of evidence based counselling approaches and to develop and formulate an integrative approach in counselling. It will also help counsellors to gain a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities in relation to clients as well as to raise awareness of human diversity including culture, gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, religion and ethnicity.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. advanced knowledge of mental health conditions, including their symptoms, aetiology and treatment options
  2. an understanding of psychopharmacology
  3. an ability to apply the key counselling theories, methodologies and approaches
  4. an ability to critically evaluate major counselling approaches in relation to professional practice
  5. an ability to analyse case studies in practice using an integrative approach to counselling
  6. advanced knowledge of the attributes, role and responsibilities of the counsellor
  7. advanced knowledge of cross cultural counselling, along with gender, ethnic, religious and cultural differences and their effects on perceiving and presenting problems.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Psychological disorders; Developmental disabilities 10.00
2. Disorders of childhood 10.00
3. Youth Mental Health; mental health care for adolescents and young adults 10.00
4. Disorders commonly presenting in adult life 10.00
5. Disorders affecting the elderly 10.00
6. Personality Disorders 10.00
7. Psychopharmacology 10.00
8. Application of Psychotherapy and Counselling Approaches 10.00
9. Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy 5.00
10. The Client-Counsellor Relationship and Qualities/ characteristics of an effective counsellor 5.00
11. Diversity in Counselling; Socially and Culturally Reflective Practice 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=02&subject1=COU5005)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Ann M. Kring, Sheri L. Johnson, Gerald C. Davison, John M. Neale 2016, Abnormal Psychology: the science and treatment of psychological disorders, 13th edn, Wiley.
Meadows, G., Farhall, J., Fossey, E., Grigg, M., McDermott, F., & Sing, B 2012, Mental Health in Australia: Collaborative Community Practice, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 40.00
Online Tutorials 10.00
Private Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 (Essay) 30 30 17 Aug 2020
Assignment 2 (Case Study) 40 40 06 Oct 2020
Online Test 60 30 06 Nov 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL).

  2. All assessments will be submitted electronically. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  4. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students must use 6th edition APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

  5. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains electronic assessment and submission elements. Students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment submission and electronic assessment attempts. All students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, external students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling, the Graduate Diploma of Counselling, and the Masters of Counselling, and is benchmarked against the:
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review;
o professional accreditation standards of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia Training Standards, 2014.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 6 November 2020