Mental health disorders are highly prevalent and impact hugely on individuals, their families and society. This paper aims to promote an in-depth understanding of these conditions. It incorporates discussion of current psychological and neurobiological models, epidemiology and classification, combined with knowledge about typical presentations.
About this paper
|Nature, Extent and Assessment of Mental Disorders
|Semester 1 (Distance learning)
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|International Tuition Fees
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- PSMX 401
- Limited to
- MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Suitable for all applicants working in the mental health field who have an appropriate three-year tertiary degree.
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- Teaching staff
- Convenor: Associate Professor Caroline Bell
- Paper Structure
- The paper covers a broad range of mental health disorders.
- Teaching Arrangements
This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.
Two 3-day workshops in Christchurch. Attendance at both block courses is compulsory. Some additional sessions will be held via Zoom.
- Current key articles in the different mental health areas will be provided by the lecturers. This means that readings are current and relevant.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will:
- Recognise and understand the symptomatology and pathophysiology of the common mental disorders
- Understand the epidemiology and natural history of the common mental disorders
- Develop an understanding of the role of cultural factors in mental disorders
- Understand classification and diagnosis of mental disorders - particularly the strengths and limitations of such classification systems
- Consider the ethical issues involved in psychiatric assessment and diagnosis
- Develop knowledge to enhance clinical skills involved in the assessment and recognition of mental disorders
- Develop skills in recording and conveying a psychiatric history, with particular emphasis on mental status examination
- Understand some of the principles of immediate management of mental disorders