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REHB714 Personal and Psychological Factors in Rehabilitation

An enquiry into personal and psychological factors that influence outcomes in rehabilitation and long-term conditions. Identification of risk and protective factors in rehabilitation.

In this paper students will examine psychological factors influencing rehabilitation by considering the "Personal Factors" component of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning Scheme; along with research on personality, mental health conditions, and coping styles. The paper aims to enhance students' understanding of ICf's broader contextual aspects of rehabilitation.

Paper title Personal and Psychological Factors in Rehabilitation
Paper code REHB714
Subject Rehabilitation
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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REHX 714
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertRehab, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGDipRehab, PGCertPHC, PGDipPhty, MPhty

Suitable for people who hold a degree or diploma from a New Zealand university or are in an appropriate profession approved by the academic board.

If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

Teaching staff
Dr Elliot Bell
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

Regular interaction with classmates and paper tutors via Zoom videoconferencing and the online learning platform, Moodle. Additional on-line events to support whakawhanaunatunga (establishing relationships), and skills development, within the broader Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit learning community.

All material will be on Moodle.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this paper the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the Personal Factors from the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) model that influence the expression of an individual's functioning and/or disability
  2. Distinguish between different models of normal personality functioning and identify contemporary conceptualisations of personality disorder
  3. Apply the stress-diathesis model to the understanding of psychological responses to physical disabilities and long-term conditions
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of mental-physical health comorbidities, including an awareness of the interactions between mental disorders and physical conditions, and their consequent impact on disabilities and long-term condition management
  5. Identify evidence-based medical and psychological treatments for depression and panic disorder presenting in people with physical disabilities and long-term conditions
  6. Compare and contrast macro- and micro-analytic coping models and analyse their strengths and weaknesses
  7. Discuss the constructs of happiness, resilience and post-traumatic growth and relate these to positive psychology models of rehabilitation

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system