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OCCP1106: Psychosocial Capacity and Occ Performance 1

2024 unit information

In this unit of study, students explore how interpersonal and intrapersonal (psychosocial) components of performance can influence occupational performance. In this unit of study, students will develop an appreciation of the diverse factors and experiences that contribute towards mental ill health or psychosocial challenges. Students will explore ways to develop a shared assessment or understanding of the needs of individuals who experience challenges in relation to their psychosocial capacity and how these impact on their occupational lives. Learning from lived experience educators (educators with their own lived experience of mental health challenges and recovery) as well as occupational therapy academics, students will develop basic communication skills, information gathering techniques and rapport building skills to set a foundation for culturally safe practice. Students also learn about group work theory and practice; concepts of mental health, mental illness and recovery; and strategies to support person-directed planning. This unit includes learning activities that will contribute to practice education hours.

Unit details and rules

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Participation Sciences

Code OCCP1106
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Differentiate between mental health and mental illness/disorder and potential impacts on occupations
  • LO2. Understand differences between medical, trauma-informed, recovery-focused, self-directed and disability frameworks and the impact of these differences on service users and service delivery approaches
  • LO3. Demonstrate understanding of the practical impacts of adopting a recovery-oriented approach to practice
  • LO4. Understand the interplay between physical and psychosocial conditions and their impact on occupational performance
  • LO5. Discuss the concept of White Privilege and other social privileges and how this affects health care and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients
  • LO6. Identify different forms of racism and prevailing stereotypes about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia and how they impact equitable health service access and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • LO7. Discuss the history of Australia’s dominant Western cultural paradigm and how this characterises the contemporary health system
  • LO8. Appropriately select and use an occupationally relevant interview approach to gain in-depth insights into the experiences and occupational needs of another
  • LO9. Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication skills to engage service users, build rapport and promote collaboration
  • LO10. Apply group design, implementation and evaluation techniques to develop a group session that is appropriately matched to the range of clients who are likely to access the group
  • LO11. Demonstrate basic competence in a range of group skills

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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