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COU8032 Mental Health Practice 1

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 18 May 2022


Examiner: Amy Kevill


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH


Promoting mental well-being, preventing mental disorders, and providing high quality and culturally appropriate services are essential goals to addressing the burden of disease caused by mental illness. Therefore, it is essential for mental health counsellors working in a range of professional settings to possess highly developed knowledge and professional skills relevant to contemporary mental health practice. This course will cover areas of knowledge common to most forms of mental health practice in Australia, and aligns with the other courses in the Mental Health specialisation.

The course focuses on the essential issues and skills that underpin mental health counselling practices in Australia. Students will develop knowledge of the key ethical, professional, and legal issues in mental health practice in Australia, the principles and practice of culturally sensitive, evidence-based mental health counselling and assessment, the major mental health classification and diagnostic systems, case formulation, collaborative treatment planning, treatment and outcome evaluation, and the general principles and practice of case management.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply relevant mental health legislation and ethical principles to inform clinical decision-making.
  2. Differentiate among the major types of assessments, classification and diagnostic systems, case management practices, and psychological interventions used in mental health practice in Australia.
  3. Apply effective and culturally sensitive clinical interviewing skills to obtain and synthesise information essential to case formulation, collaborative treatment planning, and treatment evaluation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Ethical, legal, professional, and cultural diversity issues in mental health counselling in Australia 20.00
2. Mental health classification, diagnostic systems, and assessment 20.00
3. Essential clinical interviewing skills 25.00
4. Case formulation, treatment planning, and treatment and outcome evaluation 20.00
5. Introduction to psychological interventions 10.00
6. Case management principles and practice 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Meadows, G., Farhall, J., Fossey, E., Happell, B., McDermott, F., & Rosenberg, S. (Eds.) 2020, Mental Health and Collaborative Community Practice:, An Australian Perspective, 4th edn, Oxford University Press.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz A1 of 2 No 15 1
Assignments Practical Demonstration No 30 3
Assignments Written Report No 25 3
Assignments Written Quiz A2 of 2 No 30 1,2,3
Date printed 18 May 2022