NRS408 Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Nursing 1 (8)

The aim of this subject is to extend students' knowledge and ability to provide effective nursing care for people with complex mental health issues across the life span. This subject will develop and extend students' skills of engagement with their clients utilising a therapeutic, strengths based, collaborative approach to client recovery. Specific therapeutic approaches to care will be the focus of this subject, allowing students to understand the theoretical underpinnings, required skills and clinical application for each intervention.  The particular interventions addressed in the scope of this subject are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Mindfulness. The use of complementary and alternative therapies, including music, drama, art and aroma therapy will also be considered.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Nursing (with specialisations)

Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

 

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge and experience as a registered nurse.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to further extend their skills of client engagement and developing a therapeutic alliance;
  • be able to explore, critically examine and implement a range of therapeutic approaches in mental health nursing, specifically: cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectic behaviour therapy, solution focussed therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness;
  • be able to compare and contrast complementary therapies used in mental health and how these relate to and interact with conventional therapies;
  • be able to evaluate the efficacy of the implementation of the chosen therapeutic intervention.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Therapeutic relationship development, strength and resources based assessment, collaborative therapeutic alliances.
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Theoretical underpinnings, problem-specific CBT skills, techniques implementation, and evaluation using current evidence based research.
  • Dialetic Behaviour Therapy: Theoretical underpinnings, clinical application and implementation using current evidence based research.
  • Solution Focussed Therapy: Theoretical underpinnings, clinical application and implementation using current evidence based research.
  • Motivational Interviewing: Theoretical underpinnings, clinical application and implementation using current evidence based research.
  • Mindfullness: Theoretical underpinnings, clinical application and implementation using current evidence based research.
  • Alternative and complementary therapies and their application in mental health, utilising current evidence based research.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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