HCS510 Social Work Practice in Mental Health (8)


This subject will cover practice models and intervention methods that are effective in mental health settings including mental health promotion, prevention of mental disorders and the delivery of psychosocial rehabilitation services. The subject will have a specific focus on individuals who experience severe and persistent mental disorders, substance abuse problems in conjunction with mental illness and those who are recovering from the effects of severe trauma. Another major focus of the subject is on exploring gender specific, culturally sensitive and anti-oppressive interventions.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS510
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

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 assess the strengths and risks of individuals, families, groups and communities for the purposes of promoting mental health, early intervention, treatment and ongoing care
- be able to plan and conduct culturally sensitive and gender specific individual, family, group and community based capacity building interventions
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the many components of the mental health system and their role as a team member, advocate, community organiser and program planner
- be able to work in partnership with service users, carers, self help and other organisations for the purposes of mental health promotion and illness prevention
- be able to plan and engage in advocacy at both macro and micro levels to assist individuals overcome oppression, stigma and other barriers to accessing mental health, welfare and disability services



The subject will cover the following topics:
- Practice methods for carrying out functional and resource assessments, establishing client preferences, developing plans to meet service needs, interventions to enhance client skill development, and developing relevant community and agency environments - Prevention of mental illness (with emphasis on relapse prevention) and promotion of mental health - Needs of individuals with co-occurring mental disorders and substance abuse and implications for practice - Cultural competence and interventions for working with groups that have been subject to oppression - Emerging areas of practice in mental health: Implications for social workers and human service professionals


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.