|Faculty/School:||Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences|
|Semesters Offered:||May 2013 - Standard|
|Credit Value:||10 credit points|
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|Study Abroad availability:||Not currently available to Study Abroad students|
|Subject Outline:||May 2013 [ Standard ]|
This subject provides 36 hours of formal academic training in health psychology, behavioural medicine, and rehabilitation. The subject is designed to develop students┐ understanding of the processes of, and developmental issues in acute and chronic illness, and evidence based interventions for dealing with health risk factors. Topics include the aetiology, assessment and treatment of major health problems such as chronic pain, drug and alcohol addiction, and sleep and eating problems. Motivational interviewing and relapse prevention strategies are covered in detail. There is an additional 12 hours of formal academic training in specialised evidence based interventions for health problems.
At the end of this subject students will (1) demonstrate knowledge of psychological theories and models, the empirical findings supporting these theories and the methods employed to establish them, the major methods of psychological investigation and techniques of measurement and their application and interpretation, and design and implement a psychological intervention, (2) demonstrate knowledge and behaviour consistent with the ethical, legal and professional requirements of psychological practice, (3) demonstrate skills and knowledge of systematic psychological assessment, (4) demonstrate skills and knowledge regarding intervention strategies, (5) demonstrate the application of research knowledge and skills to psychological practice, and (6) demonstrate excellent written communication skills.