Professional Development Units

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Professional Development Courses

We offer a number of professional development units that may also be used as stackable credit towards our Applied Mental Health Studies courses.

Students can choose to complete any of these 50 hour units as PD or for credit in the degree program at a later date.


Each unit has a code that identifies the following (in order): AQF level; degree program; specialisation; unit type; unit number.

AQF LevelFramework Group or Specialisation Unit Type Unit Number
8 A = AMHS L = Lifespan K = Knowledge 001 - 029
9 P = PM P = perinatal/infant F = Foundation 030 - 049
  X = Cross Framework C = Child/Youth E = Enhance 050 - 069
   A = Adult   070 - 089
   O = Older Persons   090 - 109
   M = Psychiatry (medical)   150 -

There are three types of units. A Knowledge unit is available continuously and can be completed at your own pace over a 10 week period. Foundation and Enhance units run across a defined five week periods to a set schedule and require adherence to the sequence of learning and interaction with other students online. Foundation and enhance units have specified start and completion dates.

Units available from 2021

Lifespan units

Mental Health, Mental Ill Health and Suicide (8ALK001)

Strength-Based Assessment and Care Planning (8ALF002)

Professional and Ethical Mental Health Care (8ALF003)

Attachment Development and Promoting Mental Health Across the Lifespan (8ALK004)

Sustaining your mental health practice (8ALF005)

Core Therapeutic Skills (8ALF006)

Recovery and Recovery-Oriented Practice (8ALF007)

Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (8ALF008)

Diversity and Mental Health (8ALK009)


Perinatal and Infant units

Early Development (8APK030)

Mental Health Care in the Perinatal Period (8APF031)

Developmental Screening & Assessment (8APF032)

Parents and caregivers (8APK033)


Child and Youth units

Child and Youth Mental Health Conditions 1 (8ACF050)

Child and Youth Mental Health Conditions 2 (8ACF051)

Child and Youth Mental Health Conditions 3 (8ACF052)

Legal and Ethical considerations for Child and Youth Mental Health (8ACF053)


Adult units

Anxiety and Depression (8AAK070)

Trauma and Stress Related Experiences (8AAE080)

Psychosis in Adults (8AAF072)

Adult Mental Health Conditions (8AAF073)


Older Persons units

Mental Health for Older People (8AOF090)

Responding to Transitional Crises for Older People (8AOE091)

Core skills when working with Older People (8AOF092)

Specific Interventions for Older People - Dementia (8AOK093)