A Whole Person Approach to Psychiatry (200102)

This unit emphasises an integrative approach to collaborative mental health care with a focus on the development of holistic medical practice in assessment and management of people with lived experience of mental illness.  Utilising the CanMEDS domains of the Medical Expert and Scholar, students will develop as doctors with specialist expertise in providing recovery–oriented psychiatric care through the ability to engage with and understand the whole person with a mental illness.

Students will study mood and anxiety disorders as they begin to increase their skills as medical experts in understanding how to perform and report thorough strength-based biopsychosocial psychiatric assessments in ways that engage with persons with lived experience.  Assessments form the basis for integrating all available information to accurately formulate and diagnose conditions, and students will learn how to collaboratively build evidence-based, biopsychosocial and cultural management plans addressing potential effects on physical health.

The foundations of the students’ lifelong learning will be strengthened through examination of reflective practice, feedback and supervision. Students will actively participate in critical evaluation of the literature and utilise the principles of adult education in teaching both peers and others.


Unit Type Core Unit
Credit Points 10
Delivery Mode Face to face onsite, e-Learning (online), Mixed / blended, Part Time