Working with Complexity in Adult Mental Health

Working with Complexity in Adult Mental Health

Graduate Certificate
Semester 2 - Adult unit

This unit provides an opportunity for students to examine recovery-oriented and evidence-based approaches to working with adults who experience enduring or coexisting mental health conditions, such as trauma, psychosis or co-occurring substance use. Students will enhance their capacity to work with complexity and to deliver contemporary mental health services that are safe, effective and founded on a genuine collaboration with consumers and carers.


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 complex presentations, including enduring and coexisting mental health conditions.
  • Understand the application of a recovery-oriented framework to best practice when working with adults who experience enduring or coexisting mental health conditions.
  • Critically appraise evidence-based recommendations for care planning and conceptualise application to adults who experience mental health conditions.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 Trauma I
Week 3 Trauma II
Week 4 Trauma III
Week 5 Personality
Week 6 Borderline Personality Disorder
Week 7 Suicide Prevention
Week 8 Psychosis I
Week 9 Psychosis II
Week 10 Psychosis III
Week 11 Prevention of Seclusion and Restraint
Week 12 Substance-Related and Addictive Conditions I
Week 13 Substance-Related and Addictive Conditions II
Week 14 Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care
Week 15 Review