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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHT7401
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-07-02
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2004-02-25
  2. Department: PHYSICAL THERAPY
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 614000020
  5. Contact Person: R. HUDSON
  6. Phone: 47745
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHT
  9. Number: 7401
  10. Full Title: Psychosocial Aspects of PT Practice
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Psych Aspect PT Practice
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: N/A
  23. Corequisites: N/A
  24. Course Description: Utilization of behavioral foundational sciences and the biopsychosocial model and their contribution to patient/client management and understanding organizational behavior. Restricted to majors. Repeatable for 3 credit hours.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: New Degree Program – DPT
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Part of required sequence in major.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Licensed physical therapist with advanced degree in discipline.
  29. Objectives: 1. Compare and contrast theories of disablement using the Nagi, World Health Organization, and Biopsychosocial models as a basis for understanding behaviors in physical therapy practice.

    2. Discuss the influence of the behavioral sciences (sociology, psychology, human development) on the roles of the physical therapist.

    3. Distinguish between interpersonal, organizational, and social dynamics.

    4. Describe theories of normal psychological and moral development.

    5. Identify the normal patterns of psychosocial adaptation to disability, stress and end of life issues.

    6. Analyze the theories of psychosocial adaptation, physical, cognitive and emotional disability relevant to chronic illness and disability.

    7. Outline the theoretical foundations for motivation of patient/clients related to the rehabilitation environment (pessimism vs. optimism, cognitive, affective, behavioral challenges).

    8. Discuss the psychosocial dimensions related to injury and rehabilitation (relaxation training, mental/healing imagery, self-talk, biofeedback, association-disassociation).

    9. Evaluate the psychosocial importance/impact of religion and spirituality on physical functioning.

    10. Provide a behavioral science rationale for modifying patient client management to address depression, substance abuse, grieving, stress/anxiety, physical or emotional abuse and psychiatric pathology.

    11. Determine the influence of social structure, attitudinal attributes, and physical environments on patient/clients.

    12. Discuss the importance of individual and cultural differences from the standpoint of the individual.

    13. Evaluate the impact of health disparities and negative societal stereotypes that exist toward people of diverse backgrounds.

    14. Demonstrate self-awareness of personal biases (for example, disability, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic class) and their impact on the development of professional relationships with others.

    15. Describe different perceptions of body image and sexuality in society.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, students will be able to provide a behavioral science rationale for professional strategies to address the social, psychological, and cultural challenges faced by patients, clients, and health care providers. Focus is on the psychological and sociological foundations of interpersonal interactions.

    Students will demonstrate consideration for the psychosocial impact of irreversible movement disorders on patients and their significant others in their decision making. Was this moved to psychosocial course from PTS 4?

  31. Major Topics: Focus is on the psychological and sociological foundations of interpersonal interactions.
  32. Textbooks: Specific required and recommended readings will be posted to the “Assignments” sections of the Blackboard web page for this course at least one week in advance of their due dates. Links to required and recommended readings from online resources will be posted to the “Web Links” section of the BlackBoard course page.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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