Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Develops students' knowledge and skills in mental health practice, adressing psychosocial health and well being accross the life cycle. Dominant discourses and constructions of mental and physical health are covered with a critical awareness of the issues inherent in using deficit models.  The unit is co-designed with people with lived experience of mental illness.  

Unit content

1.  Health and well being across the life cycle from a person in environment perspective.

2.  Understanding attachment relationships, life transitions,  gender idenitity and sexual orientation. 

3. Examining  the impact of socio-economic status, life opportunities, loss, grief and trauma  on the mental and physical health and well being of individuals, groups and communities.

4. Adressing psychosocial health and well being accross the life cycle.

5.  Social Work and the statutory context of mental health practice.

6. Exploring modes of intervention for social workers.

7.  Learning from the lived experience of service users.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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