Recovery Focused Psychiatric Medicine (200101)

What is recovery?  How can I practice recovery–oriented psychiatry within my time pressured, biopsychosocial medical practice?  Utilising an innovative, contemporary approach to the study of psychiatry, students will be introduced to the concepts underpinning both this unit and the orientation of studies in psychiatry and mental health throughout the Psychiatric Medicine program.

The concept of recovery will be explored within the context of working collaboratively with people who have a lived experience of mental illness, forming the basis for development of the medical practitioner who works both with individuals and their supporters and interprofessionally within diverse settings.  Students will learn to distinguish between clinical and personal recovery in developing holistic and integrated mental health care practice.

The CanMEDS competencies that underpin the Medical Expert will be introduced to students, with orientation to their relationship to the professional competency frameworks of differing medical specialties. Students will particularly make use of the domains of the Professional and Health Advocate as lenses to understand and explore: ethics and ethical behaviour in mental health settings, mental health legislation and the nature, onset, impact and assessment of both the psychoses and substance related disorders. The unit also includes a skills-based workshop regarding a recovery-informed approach to the management of emergencies in psychiatry.


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