INSTRUCTIONS:

 

The reflective responses are designed to stimulate self-directed learning of the material in this unit, and to encourage reflection on the connection between health and psychology. For each question you should think about the field of health science you would like to work within and reflect on the relevance of the topic to this field.

These tasks do require personal reflection on the weekly topic. This can be done by using examples related to your study/career interests or goals, as well as reflecting on your personal experience engaging with the topics (e.g., was there anything you read/researched that challenged your initial conceptions of that topic?)  I would also emphasise that you should be aiming to fill (or get close to) the 300 words set for this question.

 

As a little tip, you might have a personal example or observation which you might like to include in your personal reflection that relates to the question. It might be worthwhile to make statements that shed light on your position on some of the topics, e.g. was there anything you read/researched that challenged your initial conceptions of that topic? All this contributes to the “personal reflection” aspect of this assessment.

 

FYI: Examples do not need to be supported by academic sources. These are just personal reflections however, if you do feel like it’s appropriate to use an academic source, feel free to (just include the citations and references if you do)! It will probably be better if you can think hypothetically about the experiences J

 

Here is an example from the lecturer on how the question should be answered:

 

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and the human mind. Psychologists are interested in studying why people act the way they do, and how the mind can influence behaviour. In this unit I think we will learn about the psychological influences on health and maybe how the mind can contribute to illness or health behaviours. We are more aware now than ever before that being ‘healthy’ doesn’t just mean being physically well or ‘the absence of disease’. A holistic idea of health includes important components of wellness such as mental health, social health, and environmental health among others. In studying this unit then I think we will explore health and health behaviours are influenced by an individuals psychology and their learned responses to the world. For example, in the lecture that one of the reasons that people keep smoking, even though they know it is bad for them, is not only because it is a habit but also could have become a way to control anxiety or low self esteem.

I am currently studying health sciences and I am interested in focusing on exercise, in particular exercise for older adults. From my studies so far I know that older adults have different physical requirements for exercise. This means I would need to adapt exercise recommendations to allow for physical changes such as lower bone density, or higher rates of heart problems. I am hoping that in this unit I might learn how changes in mental health or psychology might also influence the groups that I hope to work with when my degree is complete. Completing this unit might help me to understand how I can better interact with individuals from different backgrounds and how mental health can influence an individual’s overall wellness.

 

 

 

 

Assessment 1: Reflection Week 4

 

To answer each question think about the area of interest you hope to pursue after completion of your degree. Please note this field of interest at the top of the response sheet.

 

Area of interest:

 

Due Sunday, end of Week 4, before 11.55pm – please see Learning Guide schedule

 

Key goals of health care include encouraging positive health behaviours and treatment adherence, what influence might cognitive distortions have on these goals? In your answer refer to at least two cognitive distortions discussed this week and use an applied example from a specific area of health practice (i.e. the area you might work in after study)

 

ANSWER:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment 1: Reflection Week 5

 

To answer each question think about the area of interest you hope to pursue after completion of your degree. Please note this field of interest at the top of the response sheet.

 

Area of interest:

 

Due Sunday, end of Week 5, before 11.55pm – please see Learning Guide schedule

 

In what ways can psychological interventions be useful for the treatment of physical illnesses? Give an example to support your answer.

 

ANSWER:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment 1: Reflection Week 6

 

To answer each question think about the area of interest you hope to pursue after completion of your degree. Please note this field of interest at the top of the response sheet.

 

Area of interest:

 

Due Sunday, end of Week 6, before 11.55pm – please see Learning Guide schedule

 

What is the difference between behaviour that is strange or unusual, and behaviour that we would term “abnormal”. What difficulties might be faced in diagnosing abnormality?

 

ANSWER:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment 1: Reflection Week 10

 

To answer each question think about the area of interest you hope to pursue after completion of your degree. Please note this field of interest at the top of the response sheet.

 

Area of interest:

 

Due Sunday, end of Week 10, before 11.55pm – please see Learning Guide schedule

 

Both Schizophrenia and Eating disorders involve some sense of distorted reality. How might distorted perceptions of reality influence interactions with an individual who might present for some other (non-directly psychological) health concerns? 

 

This question is a bit confusing so my tutor uploaded this explanation:

 

Both Schizophrenia and Eating disorders involve some sense of distorted reality. How might distorted perceptions of reality influence interactions with an individual who might present for some other (non directly psychological) health concerns?

 

This can be broken down into 3 main components:

  1. Both Schizophrenia and Eating Disorders involve some sense of distorted reality.
  2. Distorted perceptions of reality can influence interactions with such an individual.
  3. These interactions can be significant in many scenarios, including if the individual is seeking assistance about health issues that are not directly psychological in nature.

 

So, point 1 is just tying in to the week’s content, centering on the fact that certain mental health conditions can involve some sense of distorted reality (and to some extent this would be familiar/similar to cognitive distortions covered in a previous week).

 

Points 2 and 3 are the main aspects you need to understand in order to answer the question, and basically this is asking you to consider a hypothetical scenario in which:

  1. You are interacting with a person who is seeking assistance for a non-psychological health concern.
  2. This person has some kind of distorted reality.

 

Overall, then, the question this week is asking you to consider how it might be to interact with a person who has this kind of distorted perception of reality, if they were seeking assistance for some type of health issue (that is not directly psychological).

For example: schizophrenia may involve delusions (such as feelings of persecution), or fixed beliefs (i.e., beliefs that do not change in view of conflicting evidence). In such a case, interactions can be challenging because information and any recommendations for health behaviours may be misunderstood, or disregarded entirely, depending on how that individual interprets the information.

As another example: eating disorders may involve distorted perceptions of self, such as body dysmorphia, undue impact of body on self-evaluation, and not recognising the seriousness of current low body weight. Importantly, eating disorders are also associated with many negative health outcomes/impacts, but again the information or recommendations can often be misinterpreted or ignored.

Of course, there is only so much that a health professional can do in the case of a patient with substantial distortion to reality perception, and so this question is notasking you to come up with the best way to manage interaction with such an individual!

Instead, the goal of this reflection task is to consider ways (e.g., as per the above ideas) that the individual’s distorted realities might impact their other interactions with health professionals.

In addition, you can expand your answer by leading with some discussion of distorted perceptions of reality in general (as outlined in the lecture and/or reading materials).

 

 

 

 

Assessment 1: Reflection Week 11

 

To answer each question think about the area of interest you hope to pursue after completion of your degree. Please note this field of interest at the top of the response sheet.

 

Area of interest:

 

Due Sunday, end of Week 11, before 11.55pm – please see Learning Guide schedule

 

What do you think is the biggest misconception about mental health? Reflecting on what you have learned this semester, do you think it is important for all health practitioners to have training in mental health? (It is ok to say no! As long as you give a reason why)

How might distorted perceptions of reality influence interactions with an individual who might present for some other (non directly psychological) health concerns?
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