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HCS515 Mental Health Practice (16)


This subject will present conceptual frameworks and research findings relevant to mental health and mental disorders of children and youth, adults and the elderly. It will examine biological and psychosocial frameworks from an evidence based point of view. Various factors that impact upon mental disorders such as socio-economic status, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age will be discussed as well as the relationship of people with mental disorders to their families, caregivers and others in supportive and regulatory roles. The use of classification systems and the impact of labeling and stigma will be explored in order to develop critical thinking about how mental disorders are conceptualized.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to identify factors influencing mental health and
mental issues of children and youth at the individual, familial, cultural and social levels and describe the transactional processes among these factors
- be able to discuss biopsychosocial aspects of disorders in
terms of their presentation, etiology, prevention, treatment
and rehabilitation
- be able to discuss the classification systems of mental disorders, particularly the DSM-IV, the ethical questions surrounding the use of these systems and the potential of
classification system to generate deviance
- be able to identify the effects of oppression, discrimination
and stigma on individuals with mental disorders and their families and identify strategies to minimise discrimination and combat stigma
- be able to plan and conduct culturally competent, gender specific individual, family, group and community based capacity building and preventive interventions


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Approaches to conceptualising mental health practices - Various perspectives to understanding the development and maintenance of mental disorders - Mental disorders of children and adolescents in terms of their manifestation, etiology, treatment and prevention - Mental disorders of adults and the elderly particularly disorders such as Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, mental disorders of ageing (including Alzheimers and other dementias) in terms of their presentation, etiology, early intervention, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation - Classification of mental disorders - The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV), and social science approaches to assessment focusing on social functioning rather than the disorder - The appropriateness of various treatments and psychosocial rehabilitation programs including medications, psychotherapy /counseling, residential, vocational, social, educational, self help and mutual aid programs for people with various types of disorders - The role of families and community caregivers in supporting the recovery of individuals with mental health disorders - Culture and mental disorder with emphasis on Indigenous mental health issues - An overview of the Australian mental health policy context, related legal and ethical issues


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.