The Australian social and health care workforce needs to adapt to rapidly changing emphases on health care service provision, in particular working with a stronger focus on early intervention, families and community. The innovative Open Dialogue approach orients service provision around a series of network meetings that involve the individual in crisis or psychological distress, family members, and others in the individual's support network, including professional helpers. The Open Dialogie approach is based on seven principles of treatment: 1) Immediate help, 2) A social network perspective 3) Flexibility and mobility 4) Responsibility 5) Psychological continuity 6) Tolerance of uncertainty; and 7) Dialogism. This unit of study introduces these principles by focusing on how health care services can be organised, and healthcare practices adapted, to facilitate Open Dialogue network meetings, and how network meetings are organised to empower service users and families to genuinely participate in transparent decision-making processes. The course will be taught using a blended learning approach of both online discussions to familiarise students with key readings and ideas, and four study intensive blocks that will provide opportunity for experiential learning. At all points in the course, students are encouraged to reflect on the relevance of course content to their own practice context.
four intensive, on campus study days
Student assessment (100%) conducted throughout the semester, as advised within the relevant unit of study outline
Completion of a clinical undergraduate qualification if not a postgraduate student in Sydney Nursing School.