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Advanced Certificate of Mental Health


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

The Advanced Certificate of Mental Health is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to provide a range of community services to meet the needs of clients who may have mental health issues. You will learn to provide services to people with complex needs, deliver targeted specialised client services based on individual case management and intervention in the context and across the range of settings where mental health work occurs.  This work provides a person-centred approach to care, involving a variety of health and community service professionals working collaboratively with the client, their carer/s and family.

The Advanced Certificate of Mental Health will enable you to contribute to the recovery of people affected by a mental illness, their carer/s and families.  You will also learn how to conduct assessments and will also teach you how to work effectively with clients with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues and provides a basic introduction to values, services and approaches applied to work in this sector. This online mental health program will also show you how to work within an organisation’s counselling framework and how to enable clients to identify and work through concerns while supporting clients in planning a course of action.

Course Topics

  • Counselling processes
  • Clients concerns
  • Expectations and commitment
  • Counselling plan
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Human life stages
  • The Person-Centred Method
  • Reality therapy
  • Mental health diagnoses
  • Psychiatric diagnoses
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Childhood disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Mental health services
  • Self-perception
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Negative labelling
  • Financial well-being
  • Employment and mental wellness
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Support strategies
  • Support for families and carers
  • Positive attitudes / outcomes
  • Destructive or damaging behaviours
  • Social impact of mental illness
  • Myths of mental illness
  • Health care specialists
  • Case management plans
  • Psychosocial / psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Voluntary/Involuntary admissions
  • Medication
  • Community treatment orders (CTOs)
  • Holistic care
  • Person-centred approach
  • Mental health community education
  • Client rights
  • Personal values and attitudes
  • Community service workers
  • Organisation values
  • Code of ethics and conduct
  • Policies and procedures
  • Client recovery process
  • Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team
  • Forensic mental health services
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Children and Youth Mental Health Service
  • Behaviour changes
  • Crisis management
  • Emergency services
  • Case closure plan
  • Specialist services
  • Community and family support
  • Complex needs
  • Co-morbidity
  • Drug use and psychological illness
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS)
  • Autism
  • AOD assessment tools
  • Drug assessment
  • Goal setting
  • Intervention and support strategies
  • Self-help groups
  • Developing rapport with clients
  • Involving family and carers
  • Legal and health issues
  • Addictions / overdoses
  • Self-harm
  • Mandated reporting / treatment
  • Counselling competencies
  • Advanced therapeutic techniques
  • Client’s social and emotional needs
  • Sexuality issues
  • Socio economic issues
  • Isolation geographical issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Understanding dependency
  • Models of treatment
  • Critical incidents
  • Cultural sensitivity / differences
  • Client confidentiality
  • Courses of action
  • Mental disorder
  • Predicators to addictive personalities
  • Imprisonment
  • Physical victimisation
  • Family / domestic violence
  • Homelessness
  • Child protection
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Psychotic illnesses
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Strategies to diffuse or prevent
  • High risk situations
  • Relapse management plan
  • Promote client participation
  • Stress management strategies
  • Coping with cravings
  • Client’s skills and strengths
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Proactive support strategies
  • Stimulus control strategies
  • Health and safety
  • Initial response strategies
  • Consent and guardianship
  • Functional assessment
  • Multi-element support plans
  • Reactive strategies
  • Monitor intrusive strategies
  • Policy and protocols
  • Emergency procedures
  • Explore presenting issues
  • Suicide threats
  • Facilitate client understanding
  • Facilitate change
  • Ethical codes of conduct
  • Counselling conclusion
  • Harm minimisation
  • Contingency plans
  • Recovery treatment
  • Treatments and rehabilitation
  • Referral protocols and procedures
  • Revise action plans and timelines
  • Case review (reports)


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


  • Become fully trained and improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • Access to high-quality courses written by industry experts;
  • Interactive simulations for many programs;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • 7 day administrative, tutor and technical support. Tutor support available via email.;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate/Statement of Attainment issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Tax deductible in most cases* See your tax advisor.


Payment Information

Certificate - select pricing option


  • Best value option
  • Includes unlimited access


  • $250 deposit
  • $40/week
  • No credit checks required