COUNSELLING FOR MENTAL HEALTH

PHE5CMH

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject considers the application of counselling approaches to common mental health issues (eg. depression, anxiety, trauma) and complex case presentations. Drawing from current research on evidence-based practice, this subject will help students develop competence in validated approaches such as CBT, Interpersonal Therapies and Mindfulness in relation to working with mental health issues, as well as reviewing other established and emerging approaches. A critical analysis of the limitations of an evidence-based approach will be considered and the importance of common factors will be explored. Students will be expected to be able to assess their own approach to counselling in the light of current findings.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMargot Schofield

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMCOUN - Master of Counselling or HMART - Master of Art Therapy.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students must have passed all first year subjects before they can proceed on to the second year subjects.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsImproving the effectiveness of the helping professions: an evidence-based approach to practicePrescribedGlicken, M (2005)SAGE, THOUSAND OAKS: CA
ReadingsClinical handbook of psychological disorders: a step-by-step treatment manualRecommendedBarlow, D Ed 20084TH EDN, GUILFORD, NY.
ReadingsClinical mental health counselling in community and agency settingsRecommendedGladding, S & Newsome, D 20093RD EDN, MERRILL, BOSTON.
ReadingsMedical and psychiatric issues for counsellorsRecommendedDaines, B, Gask, L & Howe, A 20072ND EDN, SAGE, LONDON.
ReadingsTrauma: a practitioner's guide to counsellingRecommendedSpeiers, T 2001BRUNNER-ROUTLEDGE, HOVE.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To demonstrate knowledge of common mental health issues and complex case presentations

Activities:
lectures, workshop, enquiry-based learning
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)

02. To demonstrate knowledge of the application of current evidence-based approaches to common mental health presentations

Activities:
lectures, workshop, enquiry-based learning
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)

03. To critically reflect on both the importance and limitation of evidence-based practtice and common-factors research

Activities:
lectures, workshop, enquiry-based learning
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)

04. To demonstrate competency in validated counselling approaches as presented

Activities:
lectures, workshop, enquiry-based learning
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)

05. To demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on both their own counselling competency and limits in relation to working with mental health issues

Activities:
lectures, workshop, enquiry-based learning
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2015, Semester 2, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMargot Schofield

Class requirements

Seminar
One 2.0 hours seminar per week and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 3,000-word essay65 01, 02, 03
one 30-minute group presentation35 04, 05