13 x 2-hour lectures per semester
5 x 1-hour tutorials per semester
1 Admission into MSWRS-Master of Social Work (Registered Social Worker Entry)
1a Admission into MSWGE-Master of Social Work (Graduate Entry)
1b Admission into MSWQS-Master of Social Work (Qualified Social Worker Entry)
1c Admission into MEDWM-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)
1d Admission into MEDWMP-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health) [1.5 years]
1e Admission into GCEWM-Graduate Certificate in Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e))
Enrolment not permitted
SOAD9053 has been successfully completed
Course context
Master of Social Work
Topic description
Educational aims
This topic aims to:
  • Explicate the attitudes and values that are fundamental to mental health social work;
  • Explicate theories of human development across a range of social contexts to understandings of mental health, well-being and mental health problems;
  • Bring a critical perspective to the history of mental health social work;
  • Examine evidence-based practice and its application to mental health social work with clients at different developmental stages;
  • Identify patterns of thinking, feeling and action which indicate that a client is experiencing mental health problems, and of relevant contextual factors;
  • Critically explore the Diagnostic Statistical Manual 5 and the nature of a mental status examination;
  • Provide in-depth examination of early intervention, relapse prevention and recovery and rehabiliation approaches;
  • Discuss the legal and ethical parameters of mental health social work treatment with clients and families;
  • Enable students to develop skills in interviewing, assessment and report writing with regard to mental health.
Expected learning outcomes
To be advised