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Unit Code: NMH865

Unit Name: Assessments and Therapeutic Approaches in Mental Health Care

Description: This course builds upon and extends the student’s knowledge and skills in carrying out mental health assessments and planning of nursing management for the different mental health needs of the client. Therapeutic approaches in mental health care will be explored and students will be introduced to basic counselling skills and the use of motivational interview for clients suffering from mental health problems/disorders.

Learning Target Outcomes: On successful completion of the course, the students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate the ability to use the results of a comprehensive health assessment to formulate a nursing care plan for a client with a mental health problem/disorder. 2. Apply effective nursing intervention in the management and prevention of psychiatric emergencies. 3. Explain the role and function of the nurse in the application of various somatic treatment strategies for the management of clients suffering from a mental health problem/disorder. 4. Demonstrate the ability to utilize fundamental counselling skills on clients and their families/carers experiencing a range of mental health problems/disorders. 5. Use the appropriate psychotherapy to aid the client in their recovery process. 6. Demonstrate the ability to conduct psychoeducation to the client, family & community. 7. Demonstrate the ability to use the following skills: conduct comprehensive health assessment, counselling and psychotherapy for nursing a client with mental health problem/disorders. (Clinical practice).

Prerequisite: Minimum Entry Requirement.

Prerequisite Sentence: N/A

Credit Point: 20

Offered In: Semester 1