HCS510 Social Work Practice in Mental Health (8)

This subject critically explores social work practice in contemporary mental health contexts.  Clinical knowledge and skills relevant to planning and conducting assessments and therapeutic interventions for a range of mental health conditions will be examined.  Practice approaches that ensure respectful working partnerships with a diverse range of individuals and groups will also be explored.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to work in partnership with individuals, families, carers and other organisations to promote and respond to mental health and wellbeing;
  • be able to critically reflect on professional practice in contemporary mental health contexts;
  • be able to respectfully plan and conduct assessments and interventions relevant to common mental health conditions; and
  • be able to understand the mental health system and the various roles that social workers play in these environments.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Understanding and defining mental health, diagnosis and prevalence of mental health disorders
  • The mental health practice context - the service system, policy and legislation
  • Working in partnership with individuals and families
  • Recovery oriented principles and practice
  • Understanding common mental health conditions
  • Social work assessment and therapeutic treatment options
  • Cross cultural social work in mental health
  • Rural and remote mental health
  • Promotion, prevention, early intervention and relapse prevention
  • Critically examining social work practice in contemporary mental health service contexts

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HCS510 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Reflection portfolio
A critical discussion
Case study

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.