Course Title: Therapeutic Initiatives in Mental Health

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Therapeutic Initiatives in Mental Health

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Michael Olasoji

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99250162

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.001

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to undertake this course you must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Division One Registered Nurse.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Course Description

This course addresses the use of psychotherapeutic interventions within mental health settings and the delivery of trauma informed care. The course will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills to undertake counselling with individuals experiencing mental illness and their families. Particular attention will be given to the application of motivational interviewing principles when working with consumers experiencing difficulties with adherence to medication. The course will also examine the use of cognitive behavioural strategies with consumers experiencing various mental health disorders.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for GD158 Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing in the following way:

  • PLO 2: The Mental Health Nurse practices within a professional and ethical nursing framework.
  • PLO 3: The Mental Health Nurse develops a therapeutic relationship that is respectful of the individual’s choices, experiences and circumstances. This involves building on strengths, holding hope and enhancing resilience to promote recovery.
  • PLO 8: The Mental Health Nurse’s practice incorporates and reflects common law requirements, relevant statutes and the nursing profession’s code of conduct and ethics. The Mental Health Nurse integrates international, national, local and state policies and guidelines with professional Standards and competencies.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explore the significance and advantages of utilising psychotherapeutic approaches within mental health as well as delivery of trauma informed care.
  2. Critically examine the use of motivational interviewing when working with people experiencing a mental illness. 
  3. Examine the use of various psychotherapeutic approaches when working with people and their families experiencing a mental illness.
  4. Evaluate the application of psychotherapy within mental health settings.  
  5.  Identify the role and the skills required by mental health nurses when providing psychotherapeutic interventions to consumers living with a mental illness. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities you will undertake during this course include a mixture of recorded lectures, online tutorials with class discussion and self-directed learning exercises including reading of academic literature and online learning materials.

The assessment items associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. Your formative assessment will take the form of a multiple-choice question quiz. The summative assessments will take the form of two written pieces of work requiring reflection and application on learning and practice undertaken during the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to you. Recorded lectures will supported by , interaction with teaching staff and your peers via Discussion Board and online tutorials via the course Canvas site. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Multiple-Choice Quiz

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Case Study – Application of Trauma Informed Care

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Case Study – Application of Psychotherapy

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5