CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF MAJOR DISORDERS

PSY5CAT

2015

Credit points: 10

Subject outline

This unit introduces students to the concepts of 'evidence-based practice' with particular reference to uses and limitations of published Clinical Practice Guidelines. Lectures cover current evidence-based treatment of several major disorders in detail. Specific psychological models and treatments are emphasised, with medical and social interventions addressed more briefly. The disorders/clinical problems addressed include the following: mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, trauma and abuse.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points10

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Farhall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission to SMCP or SDPCP

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the notion of a taxonomy of mental disorders, with particular reference to the rationale, structure, content and limitations of the DSM system

Activities:
Lecture presentations and reading.

02. Develop and apply a practical understanding of the symptoms and psychopathology of commonly presenting psychiatric disorders, including the technical language used to describe these

Activities:
Lecture presentations and associated reading; Observation of interviews

03. Gain insight into, and empathy for, the personal experience of those who are affected by psychological problems

Activities:
Presentations by and interviews with consumers about the subjective experience and life impact of living with major mental health disorders

04. Develop skill in conducting and appraising semi-structured diagnostic interviews that routinely consider differential diagnoses, age specific features, and common comorbidities (e.g., alcohol, drug, and personality).

Activities:
Observation of interviews; role play based workshop

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Farhall

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3 hour exam100 01, 02, 03, 04