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This course builds on students’ foundation knowledge of human behaviour and social work theory and methods. Mental health is studied by examining notions of mental health and mental illness, and then introducing the major classifications. The topic is explored within the context of a developmental ecological, evolutionary and Maori perspectives. Implications for working in multi-disciplinary teams, within mental health services or associated services, as a social work practitioner, are foundational features of this course. Teaching methods include reflective/reflexive group process and an independent learning project.
To demonstrate an awareness of the origins of mental health practices and key shifts in practices, policy, protocols, and expectations in responding to mental ill health To demonstrate foundational knowledge about major areas of mental disorder, including knowledge of key theories, diagnostic criteria and evidence-based treatments. To show awareness of the reciprocal impacts of these disorders on the individual, family/whānau and communities. To demonstrate foundational awareness of the impacts of inequality, oppression and stigma on developmental issues and mental health and illness. To articulate awareness of indigenous approaches to mental health and illness and critically reflect on the relevance of bicultural and diverse cultural contexts to practice in mental health. To articulate the relevance and applicability of mental health knowledge to social work practice in Aotearoa, and the contribution of social workers in this multidisciplinary field. To understand the potential impact of trauma work on the mental health and wellbeing of the worker and an awareness of ways to prevent or manage this. To undertake literature searches and assess the relevance of mental health data, reports, and literature to topics under consideration.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
There is no textbook for this course. Readings relevant to the course will be placed on AKO|LEARN.
Domestic fee $995.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences