Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 22 |
Total Time Commitment:
170 hours total time commitment
|Recommended Background Knowledge:|| |
Minimum of five years’ experience in either mental health and/or alcohol and other drug service delivery.
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
CoordinatorAssoc Prof James Olver
Associate Professor James Olver
The subject will provide an introduction to the area of substance abuse – definitions, classification systems, and epidemiology. It will cover the major substances of absue including alcohol and other central nervous system depressants, stimulants and hallucinogens. The interface between the substance use disorder and mental health, and the issue of “dual diagnosis”, that is the co-occurrence of serious mental illness and substance use disorder, will be a major focus.
This subject seeks to develop the knowledge, values, attitudes and skills of students to ensure improved service access, and the delivery of high quality co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders responses. The subject will provide students with an overview of comorbid substance use and serious mental illness within the context of contemporary mental health and drug and alcohol service delivery and treatment. People with co-occurring conditions tend to have complex care needs that require a holistic, person-centred approach to care with increased focus on integrated service delivery. Epidemiology, aetiology, and risk factors, interactions, diagnosis, formulation and integrated treatment are considered in the assessment, treatment, and management of co-occurring conditions. Specifically, examples of complex cases in young adults are used to critique treatment issues relevant for this population, given the high prevalence of comorbidity of alcohol and other drug use and serious mental illness among this cohort of the population.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Science |
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Science
Master of Mental Health Science
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