Contemporary Mental Health Practice

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online unit in Contemporary Mental Health Practice guides students through the complex issues surrounding mental health systems employed by individual organisations, as well as the approach taken by the legal system.

Students who undertake this course, which is offered by Open Universities Australia and Griffith University, will gain a thorough understanding of the impact policy decisions can have on the services available to people who struggle with mental illnesses. The unit’s content will be approached from a multicultural perspective, and is addressed in such a manner as to make it practically applicable.

Students will, for example, be encouraged to assess the provision of mental health services, and whether or not needs and demands are being met in their local area. Successful students will gain critical analytical skills that will be beneficial to their studies, as well as to their future careers.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following unit:

  • Foundations of Social Work Practice

Applicants must also be accepted into the following course:

  • Master of Social Work, Griffith University

Areas of study

In this social work unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Australian mental health policy
  • Mental health legislation
  • Income support
  • Education and employment
  • Housing and accommodation
  • Mental health workforce
  • Necessary skills for mental health work
  • Mental health practice environments
  • Substance abuse and mental health
  • Mental health in children and adolescents
  • Ageing and mental health
  • Mental health and cultural and linguistic diversity
  • First Australians and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and mental health

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Social Work, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit is geared towards individuals who want to pursue a career in social work. Numerous practical considerations have been taken in designing the course to ensure that those who enrol are provided with the skills and knowledge to enable them to take on roles in social work. Students will be encouraged to develop the skills necessary to work in a collaborative manner within the human services industry, including when the setting is interdisciplinary, or interprofessional. The unit also aims to provide an understanding of how the role social workers perform fits within a legal framework, and how this work is influenced by legislative change. The diverse range of topics means that students who study Contemporary Mental Health Practice are well suited to work with people with mental health problems from a highly diverse range of backgrounds. The course includes working with young people and the elderly, as well as with people from a range of cultural backgrounds. Students will gain an understanding of how to work around language barriers, as well as how to best help mental health patients with issues related to substance abuse.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Contemporary Mental Health Practice from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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