A clinical paper addressing assessment, formulation, treatment planning and communicating clinical findings, in people with addiction and co-existing disorders.
This paper is part of a postgraduate training programme offered by the National Addiction Centre, University of Otago, Christchurch, intended for a broad range of health professionals and colleagues in allied sectors who wish to study at a higher academic level and develop advanced clinical knowledge and skills in the addiction area.
About this paper
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- PSMX 404
- Limited to
- MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGCertPHC, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC
- Students must have worked clinically for at least two years before commencing this paper, and at the time of study must be working clinically in a therapeutic setting.
- PSME 404 is designed primarily for clinicians working with people who have addiction and coexisting mental health disorders. This includes clinicians in dedicated alcohol and drug treatment and/or mental health services at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. All students will need to be working in a setting in which they are involved in the treatment of people who have alcohol and drug problems as part of their presentation.
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
- The paper is essentially divided into two parts:
- Part A focuses on core topics relevant to the development of skills in comprehensive assessment and management planning for patients with significant alcohol and other drug problems and coexisting mental health disorders
- Part B consists of three special topics of study: medical complications of alcohol and drug misuse; coexisting substance use and mental health disorders; cultural issues
- Teaching Arrangements
This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.
PSME 404 will run in the first semester as a combination of one compulsory Christchurch-based block courses in late March/early April, a series of video-conference classes and web-based self-directed learning modules.
Te Ariari o te Oranga: The Assessment and Management of People with Co-existing Mental Health and Substance Use Problems 2010, Fraser C. Todd, 2010.
Interview Guide for Evaluating DSM 5 Psychiatric Disorders and the Mental Status Examination, M. Zimmerman, 2013.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Cultural understanding.
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- Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this paper students will:
- Understand the range of approaches to screening and assessment of people with alcohol and drug problems
- Be able to complete a comprehensive assessment of patients with moderate to severe alcohol and drug dependence
- Formulate an appropriate management plan based on the findings of the comprehensive assessment
- Communicate the findings of the assessment and management plan concisely and effectively
- Communicate the findings of the assessment and management plan concisely and effectively via a written report
- Conduct a feedback session to patients and significant others