COUNSELLING FOR MENTAL HEALTH

PHE5CMH

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject considers two dimensions of the application of advanced counselling approaches to common mental health issues (eg. depression, anxiety, trauma) and complex case presentations. the first dimension will focus on evidence-based practice research, which will help students develop competence in validated approaches such as CBT, Interpersonal Therapies and Mindfulness in relation to working with mental health issues. A critical analysis of the limitations of an evidence-based approach will be considered and the importance of common factors will be explored. The second dimension will focus on advanced practice skills in working with individuals drawing attention to integration of theory in practice, working within the intersubjective field, impact of context and a structured time frame. It is assumed students have a working understanding of DSM 5/ICD 10 and some knowledge of a range of evidence based therapies and a solid theoretical and practical grasp of at least one evidence-based therapy.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPatricia Fenner

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.

Learning resources

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,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

05. To refine your verbal counselling competency to an advanced level, including being able to critique this ability in light of relevant theoretical constructs discussed in class.

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,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPatricia Fenner

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
Five 6.0 hours seminar other recurrence on saturday during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Class dates: 6 August, 20 August, 27 August, 3 September, 24 September"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 2,000-word essay50 02, 03, 04, 05
one 30-minute group presentation30 01, 02, 03, 04
one 1,000 word essay20 01, 02, 03, 04