Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Interdisciplinary Understanding and Approaches in Mental Health Care, Rehabilitation, Community Care and Recovery

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Mental Health

DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides the foundation for a shared understanding of the concepts of rehabilitation and recovery in mental health care. It focuses on how the partnership between all stakeholders facilitates the provision of mental health care that is person-centred, strength-based and community-oriented. Moreover, this type of care provision is considered within the context of a collaborative relationship in which power is shared between the service user and the service provider. The study-unit sets off by an exploration of the history of community mental health services together with the origin of the concepts of rehabilitation and recovery. This will verge into an in-depth analysis of medical and psychosocial disability, the meaning of which shall be particularly discerned in view of the need for social inclusion. The concept of resilience as a coping resource in view of the stress and hardship of mental illness shall also be addressed in detail.

Topics included within the study unit are:

- History of rehabilitation and community mental health care;
- Rehabilitation and community care fitting into mental health services and general health services;
- Concepts of medical and psychosocial disability;
- Social inclusion;
- Resilience;
- Theoretical constructs and application to clinical practice;
- Teamwork;
- NGO’s; and
- Other entities e.g. Housing, Education, Training, Employment, Driving.

Study-unit Aims:

- To provide an overview of the history of rehabilitation and community care in mental health care; and
- To facilitate an understanding and appreciation of professional interdisciplinarity in rehabilitation and community care.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Compare and contrast the principles of medical and psychosocial disability in view of an appreciation of the importance of social inclusion;
- Engage in a critical and historical exploration of the concepts of mental health rehabilitation and community care;
- Analyse key issues in enhancing resilience in community and rehabilitative mental health care;
- Critically engage in discussing the crucial role and collaboration of various professionals within governmental and non-governmental entities for the provision of holistic care.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Discuss the process of deinstitutionalization and its role in the origin of rehabilitative and community care services in mental health;
- Identify the link between rehabilitative and community services and in-patient mental health and general health services;
- Recognise the importance of resilience and ways of enhancing it during care provision;
- Undergo an exploratory and reflective evaluation of the self as an effective member within the interdisciplinary team; and
- Identify self-awareness techniques and different communication styles that can be used in working with patients, their families, and members of interprofessional teams.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

Bailey, D. (2012). Interdisciplinary Working in Mental Health. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Tondora, J., Miller, R., Slade,M. & Davidson, L. (2014). Partnering for Recovery in Mental Health: A Practical Guide to Person-Centered Planning. UK: John Wiley & Sons.
Ratzliff, A., Unutzer, J., Katon, W. & Stephens, K.A. (2016). Integrated Care: Creating Effective Mental and Primary Health Care Teams. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Supplementary Readings

Burns,T. & Firn, M. (2017). Outreach in Community Mental Health Care. UK: Oxford University Press.
Davidson, L., Rowe, M., Tondora, J., O'Connell, M.J. & Lawless, M.S. (2009). A Practical Guide to Recovery-Oriented Practice: Tools for Transforming Mental Health Care. UK: Oxford University Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Group Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Enya Sammut
Janice Agius
Christie Attard
Gabriele Bertone
Solange Ignatia Bonello
Gertrude A Buttigieg
Galea Roberta Chetcuti
Sarah Cilia Vincenti
Annabel Cuff
Stacy Debono
Stephen Demicoli
Andreana Dibben
Joseph Onor MP Falzon
Maria Lisa Gilson
Abigail Grech
Paulann Grech
Margaret Mangion
Mark Anthony Pollacco

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