This module is designed to be at an introductory level and includes a range of issues related to operating in a mental health environment, many of which are scaffolded in later modules. Therefore this module is best delivered prior to undertaking later modules. The module is designed to be delivered face-to-face and includes a range of interactive learning activities with some didactic content.
By the end of this module, students will:
have an understanding of the stigma related to mental illness
have an awareness of their own attitudes to mental illness and those of others
understand the importance of person-centred language
understand the profile of mental illness in Australia
be able to discuss the role of the exercise physiologist in the mental health sector
be able to explain barriers to engagement with physical activity among those with a mental illness
understand recovery principles
Mode of Delivery
This module is designed to be delivered face-to-face within 3 hours (with 20 minutes break). Ideally, this module should be delivered to tutorial-sized groups.
An example of how this module is used
At the University of Sydney, this module is delivered face-to-face in a 3 hour session with two 10-minute breaks. All Exercise Physiology students participate in this module and it is undertaken prior to their first clinical placement. We make use of the pre-post questionnaire as a way of assisting students to self-assess their level of confidence and to underpin discussion on setting learning goals ahead of a placement in the mental health sector or any other kind of placement.
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