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Course summary

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health is a completely online course, designed specifically for allied health and social care professionals who wish to increase their specialist knowledge and employment outcomes in mental health.

The course comprises four core units in contemporary mental health research and policy, and has been designed with the input of leading clinical and academic mental health professionals.

Undertaking this course will enhance your clinical capabilities and theoretical knowledge of both current and future mental health practice, for the benefit of mental health consumers, your professional discipline and yourself.

Please note: this course can be completed in accelerated part-time study mode.

DurationLocationStudy Period

8mths P

SCU Online1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
DurationLocationStudy Period

8mths P

SCU Online1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

The course consists of a choice of four units from the following: 

  • Contemporary Mental Health
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Mental Health in Community, Non-Government and Primary Health Settings
  • Acute Mental Health
  • Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts
  • Physical Health Care in Mental Health
  • Appraising Evidence
  • Healthcare Professional Portfolio.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Generates/translates novel information or theories, making a substantial contribution to the discipline through scholarly activities.

Creativity

Critically appraises the nature and extent of influences (social, political, economic and organizational) to overcome constraints in negotiation of options for clinical interventions.

Ethical practice

Interrogates and challenges the concepts of risk and safety from the basis of consumer centred care considering social protection, legal, moral and ethical principles to balance risk in recovery.

Knowledge of a discipline

Exercises expert/enhanced clinical judgement and decision-making and insight in novel situations in specialist mental health disciplines in pursuit of optimal consumer outcomes.

Lifelong learning

Consistently demonstrates a high level of autonomy, accountability, adaptability and responsibility in self-directed work and learning.

Communication and social skills

Develops and maintains partnerships in care (individually and with groups) with mental health consumers and their families which focuses on the recipient of care, the person’s right to choice and self-determination, and the person’s inherent capacity for recovery.

Cultural competence

Respects individual worldviews and enhances their own critical thinking to lead others in challenging assumptions underpinning worldviews.

Assessments in this course include written essays, shorter critical reflections and developing holistic consumer-focused care plans based on evidence based practice. Weekly activities, readings and case studies are laid out with step-by-step instructions that are specifically designed to support you toward the successful completion of the assessment tasks.  

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

 

This course is an ideal pathway to further study such as the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health or the Master of Mental Health.

Graduates with a generic undergraduate degree or allied health degree who are interested in pursuing a mental health-based career may also benefit from having this postgraduate mental health qualification, to expand their knowledge and career options.

Graduates may be eligible for up to four units of credit towards Graduate Diploma of Mental Health or the Master of Mental Health at Southern Cross University.

Notice

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'

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