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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: OHTH5774C

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

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5318 - Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health)

Course Contact : Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254660

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Iren Citler
9925 4914

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


Course Description

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to be able to contribute to the recovery of people affected by mental illness. This course will take into account the impact mental illness has on clients and also their carer’s and family.

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

By completing this course you will gain the required competencies to work in a consultative and inclusive way with people with complex mental health issues, their families and carers

Details of Learning Activities

The course is made up of a mixture of: workshops facilitated by leading industry experts, small group assignments and work-based reflections and assessments which encourage experiential learning. This range of learning and assessment methods is a deliberate attempt to harness and utilise your diverse skill base and current capacity to work in the sector. Guest facilitators and speakers will be brought in from a wide range of disciplines and service areas to enhance your learning. Areas to be covered will include: clinical and non-clinical assessment and management, culturally sensitive practice, counselling and support, forensic services and pharmacotherapy. There will also be opportunities for you to share your knowledge and expertise via small group work and larger group presentations. Trainers and facilitators will be required to draw on the wide-ranging skills and expertise of the leaner group - thus ensuring material is relevant and meaningful.

Teaching Schedule

The face-to-face workshops are held one evening per week - for three hours duration. Each workshop will touch upon the complexities of working with people who present with multiple support needs arising from mental illness and addiction.
All workshops will be guided by the underlying principle of Recovery. Therefore, this course will taught within a context of complex care and reflective of the sector’s requirements.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning resources such as course reading and course references will be provided to all students via their program folders and also placed within the blackboard site as required.

Overview of Assessment

This course will be assessed via a number of class based and work-integrated tasks. To be deemed competent in this course you will be required to demonstrate your skills knowledge and attitude through a five staged case study. Each stage will require you to complete a number of activities and present work to be reviewed by your peers and teachers/assessors. In addition to the written work submitted you will be required to present aspects of your work to the class and undertake simulated in-class role plays.

Assessment Tasks

There are three major assessment tasks which meet the critical aspects of the nineteen (19) units of competency which make up the Diploma of Community Services. All assessments within this course are designed to complement learner’s work within the community services sector.

Case Study:
In workshop one you will be introduced to your own case study which is reflective of the current client and family groups you work with.  The journey you take with this client will become part of a major assessment task as groups develop assessment tools and case plans to meet the ever-changing needs of their client.

To be marked as competent in this assessment task you must:

Demonstrate high-level judgement and autonomy required to effectively work with people with complex and/or multiple issues
Select and apply assessment tools appropriately
Identify and manage risk (including self harm and suicide)
Provide opportunities for meaningful consumer and carer engagement
Make whole life assessments
Work within a recovery focused framework
Apply relevant monitoring and review techniques

Assessment Matrix

A matrix will be available on blackboard and via the coordinator.

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

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

Other Information

Cover sheet for Submissions
You must include a completed submission coversheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.
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It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important, enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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Special consideration policy (late submissions)
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.
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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
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