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Basic Clinical Skills in Psychiatry (PSYT90117)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYT90117
Term 1 - Online
Term 2 - Online
Term 3 - Online
Term 4 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides an introduction to the core skills required to assess and treat patients with mental health problems. It begins with an introduction to the process of a psychiatric interview and focuses on the importance of communication skills. It then provides a comprehensive overview of how to conduct a full psychiatric evaluation including history taking, mental state examination and a risk assessment. On completion of this, the focus will be on psychiatric formulation and devising a safe and effective management plan for the patient incorporating relevant ethical and legal principles.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, graduates will be able to:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of key principles relating to psychiatric assessment and treatment.
  • Have the advanced technical skills to clearly articulate and conduct a comprehensive psychiatric interview.
  • Be able to conduct a comprehensive psychiatric assessment including history taking and mental state examination skills.
  • Have a sophisticated appreciation of how to conduct a risk assessment
  • How to formulate and devise bio psychosocial management plans.
  • Articulate and convey complex information on psychiatric illness to relevant specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Be able demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment and responsibility as a medical practitioner treating patients with mental illness

Generic skills

  • Generating a sophisticated approach to the biopsychosocial understanding and management of mental health problems

Last updated: 21 September 2019