Adult Mental Health in Practice

Adult Mental Health in Practice

Graduate Certificate
Semester 2 - Adult unit

This unit enhances students recovery-oriented skills for biopsychosocial assessment, formulation and personled care planning. Evidence-based approaches to common sources of psychological distress will be examined, including anxiety and low mood. 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 considerations for diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate 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 and MSE
Week 3 Enhancing Collaborative Formulation
Week 4 Understanding Low Mood and Depressive Conditions
Week 5 Treatment Approaches for Low Mood and Depressive Conditions
Week 6 Enhancing Resilience
Week 7 Physical and Mental Health
Week 8 Understanding Anxiety
Week 9 Treatment Approaches for Anxiety
Week 10 Bipolar Disorders
Week 11 Eating Disorders
Week 12 Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Conditions
Week 13 Obsessive Compulsive Conditions
Week 14 Domestic Violence
Week 15 Review