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Students will utilise the CanMEDS lens of the Medical Expert and Communicator to examine contemporary thinking and research within the neurosciences, focusing on neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and concepts of brain plasticity.
Moving beyond brain structures and function, this topic will broaden students’ understandings by addressing the findings and clinical application of neuroscientific research as relevant to contemporary psychiatric and mental health practice, and consider this within the range of settings in which students work. Students will reflect upon the connection between neuroscience and recovery-oriented practice and look at how to translate the ‘hard sciences’ into clinical practice in a way that is meaningful, future-focused and respectful in collaborative practice when working with people with lived experience of mental illness and carers. In bringing together the neurosciences within the context of recovery, students will be asked to debate inherent tensions and consider questions such as: how do research findings within the neurosciences translate to students’ areas of practice? How can practitioners and consumers effectively and respectfully communicate and discuss neuroscientific findings? How can neuroscientific findings be successfully incorporated into collaboratively based care within a recovery paradigm?
In this unit of study, using a culturally-informed, recovery-oriented approach, knowledge of neurosciences , mental illness and their treatments, and with application of identified medical competencies to the students workplace and role, students will: