Introduction to Contemporary Psychiatric Interventions (200104)

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

Bringing together recovery-oriented practice with evidence-based medicine requires an integration of all the CanMEDS competencies. Whilst this unit focuses upon the doctor as Medical Expert, students will consider how all the other CanMEDS domains facilitate and contribute to recovery-oriented care. This unit focuses on developing the student as a Medical Expert and Manager through examination of contemporary psychiatric treatments including biological, social and psychological treatments as well as the students evolving role as a psychiatric trainee working within a scope of practice, managing workloads and constructively participating in quality improvement activities. A skills-based workshop will focus on assessment, interview and formulation skills.

Fundamental to the practice of psychiatry is the ability to perform and report thorough mental state examinations, integrating all available information to accurately formulate and diagnose patient conditions, subsequently providing an evidence-based biopsychosocial recovery-oriented management plan, mindful of the effects of patients’ physical health. As Medical Experts, graduates function with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability in performing comprehensive, culturally appropriate psychiatric assessments with patients of all ages. Students can demonstrate creativity and initiative in the application of demonstrable skills in recovery-oriented psychotherapeutic, pharmacological, biological and sociocultural interventions, which are developed under supervision.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this unit, with reference to the student’s work setting and role in recovery-oriented care, students will be able to:


Describe the effects of a student’s role and scope of practice upon the need for supervision to support safe practice.


Debate the concept of a “Structured” recovery-oriented management approach for a person who does not appear to respond to treatment (inclusive of key collaborators).


Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication and engagement techniques for involving the person and family in informed and collaborative decision making regarding a selected intervention.


Apply the Manager and Medical Expert CanMEDS competencies in collaboratively selecting and initiating treatment.


Apply knowledge of a range of therapies to collaboratively construct a stepped biopsychosocial approach to care for a person with a presentation of a mental illness.