Theories, Models And Approaches To Mental Health, Addiction & Psychotherapy

This course provides an overview of a range of theories/models of mental health/addiction treatment, with an emphasis placed on psychotherapeutic approaches. The theory of pathology, theory of change, practice of therapy and common therapeutic strategies arising from each approach will be highlighted. The benefits, limitations, efficacy outcomes and contraindications of each approach will also be explored. The course also includes a brief overview of critical assessments of common approaches to addictions/mental health treatment and an introduction to Recovery-oriented practice in mental health treatment. Students will also be required to address the impact of the practitioner's 'self' on alignment with specific psychotherapeutic and treatment delivery models.