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Online Graduate Certificate in Mental Health: Course structure

Curriculum Details

4 subjects required

You can complete the online Graduate Certificate in Mental Health in just 4 months if you choose to study full time. Part-time students may complete the certificate in 8 months. For more information about duration or the course structure, speak with an enrolment adviser on (+61 3) 9917 3009 or request more information now.

Required subjects


In this subject students will extend their knowledge and application of therapeutic skills to make high level, independent clinical decisions. Students will analyse and consolidate complex communication skills required in specialist mental health practice. Students will combine interpersonal skills with evidence-based therapies to attain specialist skills required for therapeutic interventions relevant to their professional practice.

In this subject students will develop fundamental knowledge and skills required in clinical mental health practice. Students will develop comprehensive assessment and management skills and recognise the interrelationship between a person’s medical, social and psychological health. This subject provides a theoretical and practical foundation that prepares students for ethically oriented professional practice. This subject enables students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and specialised clinical proficiency. Using independent judgment, you will plan, implement and evaluate practice in mental health contexts.

In this subject students will critically examine psychopathology, mental health diagnosis and associated co-morbidities. This subject enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to be clinically knowledgeable in assessment and diagnosis of mental illness. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) classification systems are critically evaluated.

In this subject, students will explore the complexities that exercising choice and control poses for people with mental illness and develop knowledge and skills such as supported decision making and recovery orientated practice. It will also explore the challenges and strategies for ensuring the collective voices of people with mental illness are heard about systemic issues.

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