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COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling

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 : 27 June 2022


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


Mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression, are predicted to be the main health issues facing Australians in coming years, according to the World Health Organisation. Understanding the context in which mental health conditions present in society, and the services established to provide treatment, are vital for mental health professionals. This is particularly relevant when professionals are required to work in multi-disciplinary teams. This course will address the professional issues involved in working with mental health clients.

This course aims to contextualise mental health practice in historical and geographic terms. It introduces students to the theories, legislation, policies and standards that underpin mental health practice in Australia. Students will also gain an understanding of the rights of mental health consumers and their carers, and how to optimise the participation of consumers in the services developed for their care and support. This course seeks to assist counselling practitioners wanting to work in the mental health sector, by developing their knowledge and understanding of the factors that govern the scope of practice of mental health professionals. Students will examine their professional role within the context of transdisciplinary practice and current service delivery models and the evidence that supports such an approach.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 27 June 2022