Contract education course: Dealing with individuals who have disabilities

The course is for caregivers who want to strengthen their understanding of ways to deal with individuals who have disabilities in order to perform treatment, care and habilitation measures from a holistic perspective.

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After completing the course, you will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Describe and explain the aetiology, pathophysiology and symptoms of physical, psychological, social and psychosomatic disabilities, while applying your knowledge to care, assessment, intervention, treatment, habilitation and prevention.
  • Explain the correlation between individual circumstances, lifestyle, environment, health and risks.

Skills and abilities

  • The ability to independently identify, formulate and solve problems.
  • The capacity to communicate, discuss and document information, problems and solutions.
  • Being able to evaluate activities and resources at the individual, group and community level when it comes to treatment and care.

Judgement and approach

  • Thinking about the implications of various kinds of disabilities, as well as adjusting your perspective on the basis of the one that is at hand.
  • Demonstrating understanding and respect for the dignity and privacy of the patient or user in view of ethical issues.
  • Seeking, using and relating to knowledge in a critical and exploratory manner in order to identify your particular learning needs.

Course content

  • Structure and Function of the Nervous System
  • Physical, Psychological and Social Disabilities
  • The Concepts of Activity and Resources from an Individual, Group and Community Perspective
  • Normal Ageing
  • Disabilities and Sexuality
  • Structuring Activities of Daily Living and Sensory Stimulation
  • Current Research Related to a Holistic Perspective of Disabilities
  • Psychiatric Diagnoses with an Emphasis on Therapy and Treatment¬†

Prior knowledge

Documented Swedish and English proficiency equivalent to first-level general entry requirements: at least year two of upper secondary Swedish/Stage 2 with separate grades, Swedish B/Swedish 2B, approved TISUS or the equivalent, as well as at least year two of upper secondary English/Stage 2/English A, TOEFL (paper-based, at least 500 credits/computer-based, at least 173 credits/Internet-based, at least 61 credits), IELTS (total 5.0 and no modules under 4.5) or the equivalent.