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.