CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF MAJOR DISORDERS
Credit points: 10
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
Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Farhall
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Prerequisites Admission to SMCP or SDPCP
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
- 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
- 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
- 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).
- Observation of interviews; role play based workshop
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Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Farhall
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
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