CQUniversity Unit Profile
SOWK13012 Professional Practice and Mental Health
Professional Practice and Mental Health
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General Information

Overview

You should be able to critically examine the various models of mental health, specific intervention strategies and the role of social workers and allied health professionals within mental health services. You should be able to integrate knowledge of the role of community, culture and models of mental health in the provision of evidence based strategies that promote mental health practice consistent with professional values and ethics. You should be able to evaluate the socio structural context of mental health and the implications for various client groups and determine how these elements translate into various models for intervention.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Successful completion of 48 credit points in any course.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2018

Distance

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Survey

Feedback

Students reported that they valued the range of learning materials available in the course.

Recommendation

Continue to provide a range of updated learning resources to engage students with the course content.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the social construction of mental health.
  2. Critically evaluate models of mental health, their corollary intervention strategies and the professionals' role in delivering those various models and strategies.
  3. Critically evaluate the use of current mental health status and assessment tools.
  4. Integrate social work/allied health strategies within an interdisciplinary context using professional values and ethics.
  5. Critically evaluate different models for mental health practice with individuals, families and communities.
  6. Propose relevant effective and culturally appropriate evidence based strategies for intervention.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%
3 - Written Assessment - 25%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%
3 - Written Assessment - 25%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Social Work Practice in Mental Health: An Introduction 2nd Edition (2015)

Authors: Bland, R., Renouf, N., Tullgren, A.
Allen & Unwin
Crows Nest Crows Nest , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9781743314753
Binding: Paperback
Supplementary

Mental Health in Australia: Collaborative Community Practice 3rd Edition (2012 )

Authors: Meadows, G., Grigg,, M., Farhall, J., McDermott., F., Fossey., E., Singh, B. (ed.)
Oxford University Press
Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9780195574883
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Paloma Cesare Unit Coordinator
p.cesare@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

The history of mental illness

The lived experience

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Concepts in mental health

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Psychiatric illnesses

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Psychiatric assessment

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment 1 (1500 words) Due: Week 4 Friday (3 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Assessment and management of suicide risk

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Case management & continuity of care

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Multi-disciplinary teams

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Carers & COPMI

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment 2 (2000 words) Due: Week 8 Friday (7 Sept 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 10 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Culture & mental health

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Mental health social work practice and a human rights perspective

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Models of care in mental health

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

The policy and legal context

Chapter

Please refer to Moodle for unit readings and activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment 3 (1500 words) Due: Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment 1 (1500 words)

Task Description

The assessment is designed to develop student knowledge about mental health issues.

You are required to watch the audiovisual material which can be located on Moodle and titled Assessment Item 1. The audiovisual material is 1 hour in duration.

Your readings should inform your postings and where relevant, cite the literature. Responses to each question should be no more than 150 words each, that is, make one point thoroughly rather than several points superficially.

Discussion Questions:

1. What were some of the symptoms that Millie demonstrated or discussed by family members and what impact did they have on her family relationships?

2. To what degree was Alan's response to his wife's attempted suicide a product of the era (i.e. mid 1960s)?

3. What could have Alan, other relatives, or neighbours have done to help?

4. Standing in the shoes of Millie’s children, informed by theories of child development, how do you believe Susan and Tina understood their mother’s illness?

5. How could mental health providers have done more to protect Susan and Tina?

6. What role has Susan and Tina played in ensuring Millie’s well being and safety?

7. Why doesn’t Millie believe that she is ill?

8. What factors do you think ultimately influenced Millie to take medication? Millie has been in the same home and has held a job for more than 2 1/2 years. What was Millie's contribution to her own progress?

9. How might Millie’s life have been different if she was engaged in treatment at the onset of her illness?

10. Comparing beliefs about schizophrenia in the past with the present - is the pessimism that often accompanies schizophrenia justified over the long term?


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (3 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Friday (24 Aug 2018)

Electronic Feedback


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

Demonstrates the following:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary mental health issues.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for critical analysis of the presenting issues.
  • Demonstrate consultation of the literature relevant to the assignment topic.
  • Demonstrates synthesis and integration of literature, correct spelling (Macquarie) and punctuation, with appropriate citation and referencing (Harvard) and adheres to the word limit.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the social construction of mental health.
  • Critically evaluate models of mental health, their corollary intervention strategies and the professionals' role in delivering those various models and strategies.
  • Critically evaluate the use of current mental health status and assessment tools.
  • Integrate social work/allied health strategies within an interdisciplinary context using professional values and ethics.
  • Critically evaluate different models for mental health practice with individuals, families and communities.
  • Propose relevant effective and culturally appropriate evidence based strategies for intervention.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment 2 (2000 words)

Task Description

You are required to examine the Coroner’s report located on the Moodle site to identify the problems associated with the treatment and care. You need to make reference to some of the key concepts that underpin contemporary mental health services. The concepts are as follow:

  • Continuity of care
  • Mental health assessment
  • Suicide risk assessment and management
  • Multi-disciplinary teamwork
  • Family and carer's roles' in the treatment and care of loved ones.

The course material and readings introduce you to some of the key concepts that underpin contemporary mental health services. The Coroner’s report covers some of these concepts and the problems associated with the treatment provided. The report is located on Moodle and titled Assessment Item 2.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (7 Sept 2018) 11:45 pm AEST

Upload electronically to moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (21 Sept 2018)

Electronic Feedback


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Demonstrates the following:

  • Drawing on relevant unit and independent readings, apply and discuss the relevance of the following concepts to the information provided in the Coroner’s Report: continuity of care, mental state assessment, suicide risk assessment and management, multidisciplinary team work, family and carers’ roles in the treatment and care of loved ones.
  • A critical analysis about the relevance of these concepts in relation to the problems associated with the treatment received.
  • Demonstrates consultation of the literature relevant to the assignment topic.
  • Demonstrates synthesis and integration of literature, strength and logic of argument, correct spelling (Macquarie) and punctuation, with appropriate citation and referencing (Harvard) and adheres to the word limit.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Moodle Upload

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the social construction of mental health.
  • Critically evaluate models of mental health, their corollary intervention strategies and the professionals' role in delivering those various models and strategies.
  • Critically evaluate the use of current mental health status and assessment tools.
  • Integrate social work/allied health strategies within an interdisciplinary context using professional values and ethics.
  • Critically evaluate different models for mental health practice with individuals, families and communities.
  • Propose relevant effective and culturally appropriate evidence based strategies for intervention.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment 3 (1500 words)

Task Description

A human rights/social justice perspective of a mental health issue

Examine a contemporary mental health issue and consider the historical and socio-political contexts that have shaped the issue. Demonstrate an understanding of the social consequences of the issue.

How might social workers work within a social justice framework to ensure the protection of human rights of those experiencing the social consequences in relation to the particular issue identified.

Some examples might include:

Race: Over-representation of Indigenous Australians, African Caribbean males (UK), diagnosed with schizophrenia and placed on Involuntary Treatment Orders because they are assessed to be a high risk of violence.

Gender: the over representation of women diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Discrimination: Malcolm Turnbull’s proposal that all suspected terrorists will have mental health records accessed.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:45 pm AEST

Electronic submission via moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018)

Electronic Feedback


Weighting
25%

Minimum mark or grade
This assessment must be submitted to pass the unit.

Assessment Criteria

  • Critically reflects on contemporary mental health issues and their implications for practice.
  • Critically evaluates the historical, socio-political and  economic context that have shaped the issue.
  • Critically evaluates the social consequences of the issue.
  • Critically assesses opportunities within mental health to ensure a focus on social justice and human rights.
  • Demonstrates consultation of literature relevant to the assignment's topic.
  • Demonstrates synthesis and integration of literature, strength and logic of argument, correct spelling (Macquarie) and punctuation, with appropriate citation and referencing (Harvard) and adheres to the word limit.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload to moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the social construction of mental health.
  • Critically evaluate models of mental health, their corollary intervention strategies and the professionals' role in delivering those various models and strategies.
  • Critically evaluate the use of current mental health status and assessment tools.
  • Integrate social work/allied health strategies within an interdisciplinary context using professional values and ethics.
  • Critically evaluate different models for mental health practice with individuals, families and communities.
  • Propose relevant effective and culturally appropriate evidence based strategies for intervention.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?