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Postgraduate papers offered by the Department of Psychological Medicine

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NURS 403 Mental Health Nursing Practice

Provision of a theoretical basis for mental health nursing through the use of a problem based learning approach, and the incorporation of critical social theory as a basis for reflection on mental health nursing practice.

NURS 404 Advanced Mental Health Nursing

Advanced clinical practice in a mental health nursing context. Critique of practice and the application of research and theoretical principles to mental health nursing practice.

Prerequisites: NURS 403 and two years’ clinical experience in a mental health context.

NURS 409 Mental Health Nursing Practicum

Practicum offering clinical knowledge and skills for specialist mental health nursing and mental health care delivery. Critique of practice and application of research and theoretical principles to mental health nursing clinical practice.

PSME 401 Nature, Extent and Assessment of Mental Disorders

Common mental disorders of children, adults, and the elderly.

PSME 404 Assessment of Addiction and Co-existing Disorders

A clinical paper addressing the full range of alcohol and drug disorders in terms of assessment, management, planning, and communicating clinical findings and recommendations.

PSME 405 Contemporary Approaches to Mental Health Practice

Care systems for individuals, families, and the community.

PSME 406 Research Methods: Mental Health

Introduces the principles of research design and methodology relating to the area of mental health.

PSME 422 Treatment of Addiction and Co-existing Disorders

A companion clinical paper to PSME 404 covering a full range of issues related to the clinical management of people with alcohol and drug disorder.

PSME 424 Pharmacotherapy of Addiction and Co-existing Disorders

A clinical paper addressing the use of medications in the treatment of people with addiction problems including common co-existing psychiatric and medical disorders, with a particular focus on opoid substitution treatment.

PSME 427 Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Outlines the processes involved in establishing interpersonal psychotherapy into a mental health service. This will allow individuals to gain an advanced knowledge of the theory and skills of interpersonal psychotherapy.

Prerequisite: At least one of PSME 425 or PSME 426 or by proof of attendance at an approved interpersonal psychotherapy workshop.

PSME 432 An Introduction to Perinatal Psychiatry

Assessment and management of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the first postnatal year.

Note: Candidates must possess an appropriate health professional qualification and have at least two years’ postgraduate clinical experience.

PSME 433 An Introduction to Infant Mental Health

Topic cover normal and interrupted brain development in utero and up to the age of 3 years, the importance of attachment and care and protection concerns.

Note: Candidates must possess an appropriate health professional qualification and have at least two years’ postgraduate clinical experience.