1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 8-hour independent study daily
Enrolment not permitted
DSRS4032 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Basic counselling theory and practice; case management: willingness to complete additional reading if required.
Assignments; Tutorial Participation
Topic description

This specialisation topic provides an opportunity to explore a range of mental health issues which may include anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dual disability, with emphasis on functional implications to be considered in rehabilitation and related community settings. Consumers, carers and other guest speakers with lived experience and expertise in approaches to managing mental health issues from psychosocial, medical and occupational perspectives will participate in delivering some aspects of topic content. Students will be encouraged to draw on work and practicum experiences gained up to this point in their program of study, and to apply new knowledge and skills gained through participation in this topic to current work and practicum settings.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide a clear overview of theory and practice in relation to mental health issues which are often encountered as either primary or secondary factors in rehabilitation and disability service settings, and in the community
  • Encourage students with a particular interest in this area of study and future work as a rehabilitation professional to pursue practicum experience which will facilitate the application and extension of introductory knowledge and skills gained in this area
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate increased knowledge of the nature, prevalence and factors influencing the existence of mental health issues in the community, including both Indigenous and multicultural perspectives
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the impact of mental health issues on the lives of clients and significant others
  3. Demonstrate awareness of government policy impacting the provision of mental health services
  4. Demonstrate awareness of the range of positive options available for managing mental health issues, from consumer and service provider perspectives
  5. Demonstrate enhanced appreciation of ethical, legal and professional factors associated with mental health issues, and of the critical role of advocacy as a positive skill in this area of practice
  6. Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of effective counselling and case management skills to facilitate professional practice in relation to mental health issues
  7. Demonstrate increased awareness of the network of specialist and generic organisations providing services and support in this field

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.