Course Title: Work effectively in mental health settings
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2014
Course Code: HWSS5533C
Course Title: Work effectively in mental health settings
School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies
Campus: City Campus
Program: C4328 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Course Contact : Xenia Girdler
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4660
Course Contact Email:email@example.com
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Phone: +61 3 99254230
Nominal Hours: 45
Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
This course describes the knowledge and skills required in the context and across the range of settings where mental health work occurs.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings
Apply knowledge of the mental health sector
Apply basic knowledge of the current issues and different models of work which impact on the sector
Apply basic knowledge of the historical and social context of the mental health sector
Apply basic knowledge of the political and economic context of the mental health sector
In collecting information about the mental health sector, consider and apply appropriately views of relevant key stakeholders and representatives
Demonstrate an understanding of the range of mental health service options
Identify the range of mental health service options
Demonstrate consideration and understanding of the contribution of different service options to the recovery process
Identify broad job requirements in different service options
Demonstrate consideration of the role of other health and community service providers in supporting a consumer in the recovery process
Demonstrate commitment to the central philosophies of the mental health sector
Demonstrate consideration and understanding of the underpinning values and philosophy of the sector in all work undertaken
Demonstrate commitment to access and equity principles in all work in the sector
Ensure clients participate in all aspects of service planning and support activities
Identify and take into account personal values and attitudes regarding mental health and illness when planning and implementing all work activities
Work within the context of mental health sector
Demonstrate consideration of the historical context of the sector in all work
Demonstrate consideration of the changing social, political and economic context in all work
Clarify and work within individual, team and multi-disciplinary work roles and structures, using collaborative approaches to work in the mental health sector, including contribution of consumer workers
On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.
Details of Learning Activities
All courses and learning activities will be supported and complimented by RMIT’s e-learning tool "Blackboard".
An important part of the learning in this course is to understand the complex and interconnected nature of addiction and drug use. Therefore learning activities have been designed to be holistic and take into account the many and varied aspects of alcohol and other drug use and the relationship it has with mental health. Therefore, learning in this course will complement and enhance your learning in other courses within the Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drug Use over the year.
- class exercises to review discussions/lectures
- practical demonstrations
- Blog/Wiki discussion and participation
- analysis/critique of relevant reading material
- seminar presentations
- practical placement
- online activities
- group projects
- peer learning
- guest lecture
- group discussion
- online research
- independent project based work
- teacher directed group activities/projects
- site visits (observations)
- other activities as decided by teaching staff
There are also activities which take place outside the nominated class time. In first semester you will go on a number of field trips:
- Aradale Psychiatric Hospital in Ararat. This field trip will provide you with an understanding of the socio-political history of Victoria’s mental health service system and insight into the days of the large institutions.
- Dax Gallery - an art gallery which houses one of the largest displays of art work created by people with mental illness (including addiction). This exhibition provides you with further understanding of our recent treatment of people experiencing a range of complex care issues.
- The Neighbourhood Justice Centre - a specialist magistrates court for people experiencing a range of complex social and health issues.
In addition to these field trips, you will also undertake:
- Youth Mental Health First Aid program. This fourteen (14) hour program will be delivered in the first three weeks of semester one. Completing the Mental Health First Aid program will provide you with basic skills and knowledge to assist people experiencing a range of mental health issues - including addiction.
- Two day Motivational Interviewing workshop
- Two day workshop exploring the impact of addiction and incarceration on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island population
- Workshop exploring working with people who hear voices
- Workshop on undertaking a mental state exam with a client
|Standard Mental Health First Aid
|1 - 4|
|Field Trip Dax gallery||5|
|Field Trip Aradale psychiatric hospital||6|
Orientation to the mental health sector
• Overview of the historical sociopolitical context of the mental health service system in Victoria
|7 - 10|
|Introduction to working with people who hear voices||11|
|Introduction to the Mental State Exam||12 - 13|
|Exploration of non-clinical mental health services||14 - 15|
|Exploration of cinical mental health services||16|
|Group presentations of myths and stigma||17|
|Impacts of incarceration and addiction ||18 -19|
|Recovery orientated practice||20 - 21|
|Principals and practice of Coaching as a tool to work with people with complex support needs||22 - 24|
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the session and weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software.
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online: http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/
Overview of Assessment
There are a variety of tools used to assess this course including one hundred and sixty (160) hours of practical placement providing you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate the skills knowledge and attitude required. Other assessment tasks will involve creating an industry-standard client file based on a case study client.
Feedback throughout the course may be written for written assessments, verbal for verbal assessments or a combination of both
To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded).
CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment
Assessment Task One
In small groups you will be required to research and present your findings one two commonly held belief about Mental illness and those who experience it. These misconceptions will be assigned to you. You will be given time in-class to undertake some preliminary work however it is expected you will also work collaboratively outside of class to finalise your presentation.
This assessment task covers essential knowledge and skills within the Units of competency including:
- Facts and myths about mental illness and psychiatric disability
- Impact of stigma
- Importance of social inclusion
Assessment Task Two
The Mental Health Act
Complete this mental health act questionnaire– using the self help guide to the mental health act (link appears below and is also on blackboard) as your reference:
- How is a mental illness defined under The Mental Health Act (The Act)
- Give three examples of what is not a mental illness under The Act
- Provide examples of two (2) ways you may be able to seek help and treatment if you have a mental illness
- If you have been refused admission to a hospital and you feel this is unfair, what are you entitled to do
- What does being an Informal Patient mean?
- What is an Involuntary Treatment Order (ITO)?
- What are the five (5) criteria for an Involuntary Treatment Order
- What is a Community Treatment Order (CTO)
- What is a residence condition and why might it be applied as part of a CTO
- What can happen, under The Act, if you do not comply with your CTO
- Provide three (3) principles that mental health services must abide by when providing services to people with mental illness – and explain why these are important to uphold.
- What does informed consent mean?
- What is the Mental Health Review Board?
- Provide the details of three people who may be of assistance if you are unhappy about the mental health service and/or treatment you are receiving.
Assessment Task Three:
In this task you are required to explore and comment on how are people with mental health issues are currently supported in your community in two ways
- Using the DHS website (http://www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth/services/index.htm) as your primary resource, explore and provide information on the mental health services operating in your region (clinical and non-clinical). In your answer, you need to explain (briefly) what these services do to support people – eg. what needs are being met and how.
- In conclusion, provide a critical analysis of the existing mental health service system in your area – does it adequately meet the needs of people with mental illness or are there gaps which you feel need to be filled
Assessment Task Four:
In this task you are required to submit a reflective journal entry based on your learnings post the field trip to Aradale, Dax Gallery and field reserach into our current mental health system. In this journal we ask you to consider what was gained by the closing of our large institutions and what, perhaps, has been lost.
An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).
The major learning experience involves a combination of in-class exercises complimented by practical placement. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
You will receive feedback verbally for verbal presentations and written for written presentations by teachers on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency.
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Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
- Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
- No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.
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- You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
- You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
- You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
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Examples of plagiarism include:
- Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
- Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
- Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
- Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
- Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
- Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
- Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
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