Course Title: Work effectively in mental health settings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: HWSS5533C

Course Title: Work effectively in mental health settings

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4264 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work

Course Contact : Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4660

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Spiros Soulis
PH: 9925 4230

Nominal Hours: 45

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required in the context and across the range of settings where mental health work occurs

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings


Apply knowledge of the mental health sector

Performance Criteria:



Demonstrate an understanding of the range of mental health service options

Performance Criteria:



Demonstrate commitment to the central philosophies of the mental health sector

Performance Criteria:



Work within the context of mental health sector

Performance Criteria:


Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit will involve class discussion, group work, field trips and research activities around case studies.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1:
Introduction to Mental illness - the myths, stigma and influence of history
Week 2:
Introduction and overview of the mental health system in Victoria
Week 3:
Field Trip to Arradale Psychiatric facility
Week 4:
The importance of establishing a therapeutic alliance and the role of hope
Week 5:
Models and approaches of care

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Relevant websites and texts will be made available via blackboard and provided in class.

Overview of Assessment

There are a variety of tools used to assess this course including two hundred (200) hours of practical placement providing you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate the skills knowledge and attitude required. Other assessment tasks may involve:

  • Short essays where you will be expected to write an answer to a question in detail, and to draw conclusions about issues.
  • Class presentation where you will be expected to conduct a brief session in class, to lead discussion and to provide information for other students.
  • Participation in class discussions and activities.
  • Reflective Journals you will be expected to provide a written record of your experiences during the year - in class and in practical placement.
  • Blackboard/On-line assessment you will participate in regular on-line forums, blogging and small assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks are related directly to the learning activities and elements as outlined above. Assessment tasks will be as follows:

Feedback will also be sought from your workplace supervisors as outlined in your practical placement manual and forms part of your overall assessment.

Assessment Matrix

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