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COUN5221 Mental Health Practice

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One Trimester

Level: 2nd year

Credit Points: 8 (out of a total of 96 points)

Prerequisites: 6 Year 1 units must be completed

Mode(s) of Delivery: On-Campus; Blended Delivery

Core/Elective: Core

Unit Description

This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills to identify mental health conditions. Students consider the meaning and incidence of mental health conditions, current challenges in mental health, and diagnostic criteria for major mental health disorders. Students develop the knowledge and skills to support mental health consumers in their recovery journey, and to make appropriate referrals. This unit will provide foundational skills and knowledge for mental health workers to support consumers and carers.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  • Apply in depth knowledge of the range and prevalence of mental health disorders to case studies
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in evidence-based interventions for mental health conditions, including cognitive behavioural, interpersonal and relaxation therapies
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of mental health practice
  • Apply interventions at individual, family, and group levels which foster and enhance wellbeing
  • Demonstrate self-awareness about the influence of their own values and attitudes on their practice as mental health counsellors
  • Understand and critically evaluate mental health policy at state and federal levels of government
  • Apply the principles of the recovery model to practice with people living with mental illness and their carers
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of cultural diversity and culturally located meanings of mental health and wellbeing

Unit Workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.


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

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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.