Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice
The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009
131 UWA (131 892)
(+61 8) 6488 1000
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This course allows graduates to work in a range of community mental health settings in Australia and overseas, enhance their knowledge and skills to transfer to a more specialist area of mental health work, or to develop their competence in any dedicated mental health position they currently occupy.
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Postgraduate - full fee paying students
The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points. (Courses may teach up to 72 points in a year)
For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator select 'Postgraduate Coursework Fee-Paying' and chose your course to see the annual and total course fees.
For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator select 'Postgraduate Coursework Commonwealth-Supported' and chose ‘I want to price my units’.
Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.
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If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.
Ranking and Selection Process
English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules).
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About the course
This course is aimed at practitioners from a range of disciplines who work in settings in which a strong mental health knowledge base is essential. It enables students to upgrade and update their knowledge and skills in order to transfer to a more specialist area of mental health work or to develop their competence in any dedicated mental health position they currently occupy.
- Part-time only
- Semester 1
- The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
- This course is not available to international student visa holders
Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.
Top reasons to study a Graduate Cert in Mental Health at UWA
- Leading practitioners and academics teach the programme
- Advanced level psycho therapeutic skills in the management and treatment of psychiatric disorders
- Upon completion of the programme you will have industry standard knowledge and skills in the management of and treatment of psychiatric disorders
Social workers will be able to use this qualification as an example of post qualifying qualifications to use towards satisfying the AASW assessment criteria for Accreditation as a Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW).
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- identify and articulate theoretical and clinical knowledge required for understanding and engaging clients with a diagnosed mental illness
- demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theories, modalities and frameworks that are an essential part of the modern biopsychosocial conceptualisation of mental illness
- demonstrate an awareness of and ability to manage the implications of ethical dilemmas and work proactively with others to formulate appropriate care plans
- have an advanced understanding of the issues, tensions and clinical solutions in working with reluctant and involuntary clients.
- have an increased understanding of professional supervision and how it may be usefully applied in the work context
- develop an understanding of psycho dynamic assessment and how it may be useful in the clinical context
- display theoretical and clinical knowledge required for understanding and engaging clients and their families/carer with a diagnosed mental illness
- display increased understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander mental health issues.