COUN2051 Mental Health Policy and Practice

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: None

Unit Description

This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills to identify mental health problems and understand and apply the diagnostic criteria for major mental disorders to case studies. Throughout this unit, the incidence and lived experience of mental health problems are considered. The current challenges in mental health policy and service provision are outlined.

The emphasis of this unit is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to support mental health consumers in their recovery journey, and to make appropriate referrals. This course will provide foundational skills and knowledge for mental health workers to support consumers and carers.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Apply the concepts and terminology used in the mental health field appropriately;
  • Demonstrate respect for the diverse needs of people living with a mental health condition, their families and carers;
  • Describe and apply the recovery-orientated approach to working with people with a mental health condition;
  • Examine the legal and ethical considerations of mental health care within Australia;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different mental health conditions, their symptoms and evidence-based treatment approaches;
  • Critically reflect on their own response to mental health conditions.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: 

Academic misconduct

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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.