Mental health care and management is a billion-dollar industry funded by the government and the private and non-profit sectors. And statistics tell us that a higher number of people are investing in mental health services just as they do with their physical health. So, the industry is growing! This course is ideal for those who work in or are keen to work in nursing, social services, life coaching, counselling, aged care, teaching or in the mental health profession.
The Mental Health Awareness Program is an online program that will help you to understand the signs, symptoms and possible treatments for a range of adult mental health problems.
In this professional development course, you will explore the definition of abnormality and the causes and services available for mental health issues.
You will also learn about depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, schizophrenia, dementia, eating disorders and antisocial personality disorders.
On completion of this course, you will know more about how to alleviate symptoms and educate people with mental health issues, and ultimately help ease some of their suffering.
Unit - Managing mental health in adults
Unit 1 – Introduction To mental health issues
Definition of abnormality – social constructs
Definition of abnormality – statistical infrequency
Definition of abnormality – failing to function adequately
Labelling and mental health
So how does this relate to mental illness?
Case study – African Caribbean people and schizophrenia
More on stigmatisation and labelling
Causes of mental illness
Social and environmental factors
Treatments for mental health problems
Unit 2 – Depression In men and women
Forms of depression
Determining which type of depression
Triggers to depression
Causes of depression
Risk factors for depression
Gender and depression
Older people and depression
Psychological aspects of long term grief
Other types of depression
Treatment for depression
Unit 3 – Anxiety, phobias and OCD
PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Unit 4 – schizophrenia
Causes of schizophrenia
Symptoms of schizophrenia
Subtypes of schizophrenia
Treatment of schizophrenia
Management of the acute syndrome
Unit 5 – Antisocial personality disorders
Antisocial personality disorder (psychopathy)
Causes of psychopathy
Treatment of psychopathy
Unit 6 – Eating disorders
Causes of eating disorders
Body image and self esteem
Physical symptoms of anorexia nervosa
Treatment for anorexia
Physical symptoms of bulimia nervosa
Treatment for bulimia
Treatment for obesity
Unit 7 – Dementias
Types of dementia
Causes of dementia
Dementia and old age
Care and management of dementia
Unit 8 – Helping yourself in mental health issues
A holistic approach to mental health
Diet and exercise
Imbalances in the body
Psychological and psychosocial factors
The role of friends and family – social support networks
Unit 9 – Services for mental health issues
Nurses and professional carers
Telephone and online counselling
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.