Neurosciences and Recovery: From the Cellular to the Social

Neurosciences and Recovery: From the Cellular to the Social

Level ~ Masters
Teaching period ~ Semester 2

Students may choose to complete this unit or the Mental Health Capstone. 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.

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, futurefocused 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?

Learning Outcomes

  • Application of contemporary research, psychiatric research and treatment guidelines, to patient outcomes.
  • The impact of debates about the relative evidence for neuroscience and social factors as the origins of mental illness.
  • Neuroscientific research and changes in concepts and related psychiatric practices over the last decade.
  • The neuroscientific bases of ‘treatment refractiveness’, and their implications for research and practice.
  • Improving the application of research and evidence-based biological and psychosocial approaches to psychiatric assessments and management.
  • The breadth of competencies that support people with mental illness and the implications for lifelong learning.
  • Transferability of psychiatric, mental health and other health research findings across practice settings and disciplines.
  • Communication of the significance of neuroscientific research to practice to professional and community audiences.

Teaching Schedule
Topic 1 What Matters in Neurosciences and Recovery?
Topic 2 Advanced Social Interventions
Topic 3 Advanced Exploration of Treatment Refractoriness
Topic 4 Advanced Neurostimulation
Topic 5 Advanced Child Neuroscience
Topic 6 Advanced Older Person’s Neuroscience
Topic 7 Neuroscience of Psychotherapy
Topic 8 Neuroscience of Resilience
Topic 9 Culture and Neurosciences