Recovery Focused Psychiatric Medicine (200101)

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

Utilising an innovative, contemporary approach to the study of psychiatry, students will be introduced to the concepts of recovery and the CanMEDS competencies underpinning both this unit and the orientation of studies in psychiatry and mental health throughout the Psychiatric Medicine program. 

Students will learn to distinguish between clinical and personal recovery in developing holistic and integrated biopsychosocial mental health care practice. The concept of recovery will be explored within the context of the students' experiences of forming the basis for development of the medical practitioner who works interprofessionally within diverse settings with individuals with experience of mental illness and their supporters.

As students learn about the nature, onset, impact and assessment of both the psychoses and substance related disorders, the CanMEDS competencies that underpin the Medical Expert will be introduced, 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, ethical and professional behaviour and mental health legislation. The unit also includes a skills-based workshop regarding a recovery-informed approach to the management of emergencies in psychiatry.

Learning Outcomes:

With reference to knowledge of people with substance and/or psychotic disorders, and the student’s work setting, by the end of this  unit students will be able to:


Discuss challenges and opportunities in maintaining professionalism, professional development and personal wellbeing.


Demonstrate awareness of relevant professional and ethical standards of practice, together with legislation, professional training and registration regulations and appropriate action to take regarding deviation from professional standards.


Outline principles and application of informed consent, mental health and/or related legislation when working with people with mental illness, their family and carers.


Describe breadth of the roles of the doctor in delivering recovery-focused care, and the application of at least one role in a manner consistent with interprofessional principles and the student’s scope of practice.


Apply knowledge of the principles of prevention, promotion, and early intervention to describe barriers and facilitators to recognition and treatment and identify implications and recommendations for current practice.


Distinguish between personal and clinical recovery and describe roles of families, carers and community organisations in supporting these.