Understanding Mental Health Issues and Recovery Processes

VET Diploma Level Module

The Understanding Mental health issues and recovery processes covers one unit of competency – CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes.

This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to contribute to the recovery of people affected by a mental illness in the context of the impact of mental illness on clients, their carer/s and families.

This module applies to working with people affected by a mental illness in a range of community services work contexts. Students will learn to take a person-centred approach to care, and involve a variety of health and community service professionals to work collaboratively with the client, their carer/s and family.

Learning Elements

The one unit of competency covers four elements or learning outcomes.

  • Work within the context of different mental health diagnoses
  • Apply knowledge of the impact of mental illness on people's lives
  • Apply an understanding of the impact of social determinants on health
  • Work with families, carer/s friends and other networks to support people with mental illness

Content Areas

  • An introduction to mental illness
  • Recovery
  • Recognising strengths
  • Treatment of mental illness
  • The lived experience of mental illness
  • Building on natural supports
  • Knowledge makes a real difference
  • Overcoming barriers to recovery
  • The sadness and loss that comes with a mental illness
  • Strengthening protective behaviours
  • Support for mental health workers
  • Turning evidence into practice

Module Duration and Workload

This module involves a total of 96 hours per term of study which translates to 8 hours per week for the module. The module has a course work component, teacher contact, research, related study activities, and completion of assessment tasks.