MHP111 Mental Health Clinical 1 (16)

In this subject communication skills, the National Practice Standards for Mental Health Workforce, law, ethics and professional boundaries will be introduced. Students will learn how to conduct a comprehensive mental health assessment, a mental status examination and a risk assessment. Documentation of assessment and progress notes within a mental health setting will be included as part of the assessment process. Screening tools for mental health will be explored and the concept of clinical formulation will also be considered. In this subject students will undertake work place learning which introduces the student to the mental health environment and assists the student to gain an understanding of mental health issues that may impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. This is a year-long subject delivered over 2 sessions.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP111. 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



Two sessions


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe their scope of practice as a student mental health clinician as reflected in the current National Practice Standards for Mental Health Workforce;
  • be able to apply both written and verbal communication skills in their clinical workplace learning context;
  • be able to understand how a comprehensive mental health assessment is used in clinical settings and apply it to practice;
  • be able to describe and apply the clinical formulation framework;
  • be able to identify and apply screening tools in mental health; and
  • be able to understand the impact of the cultural, psychological, physical, social, environmental, spiritual and political factors on people experiencing mental health issues.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Practicum/Clinical Placement - Students obtain and demonstrate valuable professional skills and competencies relevant to their area of professional practice. These field experiences include opportunities for students to observe and participate in work-based activities. They may undertake placements in community mental health services and Indigenous health services in rural, remote and metropolitan services.

The program will continually monitor and evaluate:

  • clinical supervision to ensure and facilitate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students/industry needs are met in regard to clinical experiences;
  • the provision of clinical supervision to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled in the course, is consistent with existing clinical supervision arrangements offered to other students enrolled in health and related courses;
  • supervisor/preceptor training to ensure quality and a thorough understanding of the course requirements by supervisors/preceptors;
  • student/s clinical placement system for all students to ensure clear documentation and comprehensive records are kept;
  • the alignment of learning objectives with the current National Practice Standards for Mental Health Workforce;
  • continued maintenance of partnerships with key Area Health Bodies across all States and Territories; and
  • existing partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Medical Services and Social and Emotional Wellbeing Centres to facilitate students/industry needs in regard to clinical experiences.

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.8 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is compulsory as it forms a significant component of the teaching strategy in this subject. Further details about the residential school will be provided by your Subject Coordinator. Students will attend a total of 20 days at residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects in the course.

Students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program may be eligible for federal government fundingto attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions which meets the requirements for support from Indigenous Student Services.

Special Resources

Students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects throughout the course.

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.