Course Title: Mental Health Social Work

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mental Health Social Work

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban & Social Studies


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Jenny Martin

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3131

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.23

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The aim of the Course is to develop your sensitivity, awareness and understanding of policy and practice issues in the field of mental health. You will explore theories of particular relevance to mental health and be taught skills in assessment and intervention. You will develop practices in service design and delivery in mental health and community settings providing services for people with mental health concerns.

This course has been designed to reflect the national guidelines and accreditation standards specific to mental health curriculum for social work qualifying courses developed by the Australian Association of Social Works (AASW). More details are available online at

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the attitudes and values. knowledge and skills to work with individuals, families and small groups in mental health settings.
  • Identify key social issues of particular relevance to the field of mental health in the personal and family lives of Australians.
  • Demonstrate awareness of service user and social change oriented practices, within mental health services.
  • Demonstrate reflective practices, which draw upon your psychological, social and political self-awareness, and your knowledge of human behaviour and society, as it relates to the field of mental health.
  • Identify ethical and legal issues relevant to social work practice, within mental health settings, with individuals, families and groups.

Graduate Capabiltiies

In this course you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

Critical Analysis and Problem Solving
Highly Informed and Reflective Professional Social Work Practice
Ethical Practice

Overview of Learning Activities

You will have opportunities to learn from reading and discussion, lectures, role-play and experiential exercises

Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended readings, websites and other resources will be detailed in the full course guide.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are aligned to the stated learning objectives and graduate capabilities. Assessment tasks may / can include reports/essays, reflective journals, folios and oral reports.