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Mental Health and Young People (PSYC90062)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Online

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYC90062
Availability
Semester 2 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces conceptual frameworks for understanding mental health in young people and the importance of social contexts for mental health. The subject analyses the emotional dimensions of mental health and assists professionals to recognise emotional distress of a young person and ways that it can be manifested. The subject includes a skill-building component to allow professionals to work with young people within professional boundaries and accountabilities and gain an understanding of when and how to refer.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject is designed to enable students to:

  • recognise cultural diversity in understanding mental health;
  • examine epidemiology of mental health disorders in young people;
  • describe conceptual frameworks for understanding mental health in young people;
  • recognise the dimensions of emotional stress, how it is displayed and how it is linked to thought patterns, feelings and physical health;
  • awareness of professional boundaries and assumptions that professionals bring to the context.

Generic skills

This subject is designed to enable students to:

  • recognise cultural diversity in understanding mental health;
  • examine epidemiology of mental health disorders in young people;
  • describe conceptual frameworks for understanding mental health in young people;
  • recognise the dimensions of emotional stress, how it is displayed and how it is linked to thought patterns, feelings and physical health;
  • awareness of professional boundaries and assumptions that professionals bring to the context.

On completion of this subject it is expected that students will be able to:

  • develop a repertoire of strategies to engage young people and families using motivational interviewing techniques;
  • assess the situational context to identify risk and resilience factors in a young person's life;
  • observe behaviours and recognise how they link to emotional distress;
  • develop approaches to ensuring confidentiality, appropriate referral, and risk management.

Last updated: 24 August 2019