Course Title: Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5772C

Course Title: Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4328 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact : Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4660

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chris Walters

9925 8268

Nominal Hours: 60

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills required to contribute to the recovery of people affected by a mental illness in the context of the impact of mental illness on clients, their carer/s and families.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes


1. Work within the context of different mental health diagnoses

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Apply basic knowledge of a range of mental health diagnoses
1.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the process used to determine a diagnosis
1.3 Identify a range of different service responses to a range of mental health diagnoses


2. Apply knowledge of the impact of mental illness on people's lives

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Work within the context of the client's experiences
2.2 Work within the framework of self perception and self-esteem issues of the person with a mental illness or mental health diagnosis
2.3 Respond to the person in a manner that reflects appreciation of their functional skills and social and financial well being
2.4 Recognise importance of employment/occupation/ vocation and potential impact of mental health diagnosis on that aspect of the person's life
2.5 Empathise with sense of loss and associated adjustments experienced by person with mental health diagnosis
2.6 Demonstrate understanding of a range of coping mechanisms used by the person


3. Apply an understanding of the impact of social determinants on health

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify a range of social barriers that impact on the life of the person with mental health issues
3.2 Identify the effect of and possible strategies to respond to the barriers that impact on the person
3.3 Identify others that can assist with the response to barriers that impact on the person
3.4 Identify strategies to engage support with the response to barriers that impact on the person


4. Work with families, carer/s friends and other networks to support people with mental illness

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Work with consideration and understanding of the impact of a client's mental health diagnosis on families, carer/s, friends and other social networks
4.2 Work with awareness of the everyday effects of the interaction of coping mechanisms used by person experiencing mental illness on their family, carer/s and other social networks
4.3 Work with understanding of the roles of consumer workers, carers and associated networks and their potential to positively impact the life of the person with mental health issues

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate their competency in each of the elements listed above.

Details of Learning Activities

All courses and learning activities will be supported and complimented by RMIT’s e-learning tool "Blackboard".

An important part of the learning in this course is to understand the complex and interconnected nature of addiction and drug use. Therefore learning activities have been designed to be holistic and take into account the many and varied aspects of alcohol and other drug use and the relationship it has with mental health. Therefore, learning in this course will complement and enhance your learning in other courses within the Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drug Use over the year.

There are also activities which take place outside the nominated class time. In first semester you will go on a number of field trips:

  • Dax Gallery - an art gallery which houses one of the largest displays of art work created by people with mental illness (including addiction). This exhibition provides you with further understanding of our recent treatment of people experiencing a range of complex care issues.
  • The Neighbourhood Justice Centre - a specialist magistrates court for people experiencing a range of complex social and health issues.

In addition to these field trips, you will also undertake:

  •  Mental Health First Aid program. This fourteen (14) hour program will be delivered in the first three weeks of semester one. Completing the Mental Health First Aid program will provide you with basic skills and knowledge to assist people experiencing a range of mental health issues - including addiction.
  • Two day Motivational Interviewing workshop
  • Two day workshop exploring the impact of addiction and incarceration on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island population
  • Workshop exploring working with people who hear voices
  • Workshop on undertaking a mental state exam with a client

Teaching Schedule

1 - 4Mental Health First Aid (session1 - 4)
5 & 6 Introduction to working with people who hear voices
7 Introduction to the Mental State Exam
8 Exploration of non-clinical mental health services
9 & 10Recovery orientated practice (session 1 and 2)
11Collaborative Recovery
12Introduction to developing an Individual Treatment and Recovery Plan
13Role Play

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources. This course CHCMH402B -Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes will be delivered and assessed as part of the "Understanding Client Need" cluster with the following courses: CHCAOD408B Assess needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drugs issues & CHCMH403A Establish and maintain communication and relationships to support the recovery processes. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software.
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: 
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online:

Overview of Assessment

Students will be required to successfully complete a Mental Health First Aid Action Plan on a case study given out in class.

Assessment Tasks

Task One: Complete assessment, screening and referrals for a case study client

Task Two: Undertake an observed role play involving the assessment process with a client

Task Three: Complete a case note reflecting the assessment process

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course is available from the course contact person.

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment


Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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