Adult Mental Health in Practice

Adult Mental Health in Practice

Graduate Certificate
Semester 2 - Adult unit

This unit will enhances recovery-oriented skills for biopsychosocial assessment, formulation and person-led care planning. Evidence-based approaches to common sources of psychological distress will be examined, including anxiety and depression. The relationship between physical and mental health will be considered, along with strategies for enhancing resilience. Students will be provided with an opportunity to critically reflect on their clinical practice and enhance their ability to provide collaborative evidence-based care.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on theoretical understandings and practical approaches to working with people who experience commonly occurring adult mental health presentations and life-stage issues, including consideration of the relationship between physical and mental health.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply a biopsychosocial framework to assessment, formulation and care-planning in collaboration with adults experiencing psychological distress, including consideration of the relationship between physical and mental health.
  • Develop an application of a recovery-oriented framework to best practice when working with adults who experience a range of commonly occurring adult mental health conditions.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 The Adult Lifespan
Week 2

Collaborative Biopsychosocial Assessment

Week 3

Enhancing Collaborative Formulation

Week 4 Physical and Mental Health
Week 5

Obsessive Compulsive Conditions

Week 6

Eating Disorders

Week 7 Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Conditions
Week 8 Depressive Conditions I
Week 9 Depressive Conditions II
Week 10 Anxiety I
Week 11 Anxiety II
Week 12 Navigating Uncertainty
Week 13 Substance Use Conditions
Week 14 Problem Gambling
Week 15 Domestic Violence