Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice
Support the mental health needs of your community
Get set for a career in mental health support. Designed for work in community settings, such as nursing, rehabilitation, police liaison, housing, or disability support. Delve into evidence-based research, and collaborate with carers.
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Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice will have specialised knowledge in the field of mental health including:
- contemporary mental health theories and models of mental health care
- current mental health policy and service models and the impact of these on the lives of people with mental illness
- consumer and carer lived experience of mental illness and implications for mental health practice.
You will be able to work in a range of community mental health settings in Australia and overseas. Your knowledge and skills will be transferable to work in other human service and allied health contexts, as mental health issues impact on people engaged with a broad range of services.
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice, a student must have completed:
- a Bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline; OR
- a relevant Certificate IV or Diploma VET/TAFE qualification and a minimum of one year full-time professional experience in the mental health, health, disability, rehabilitation or related human services fields; OR
Work and Life
- a minimum of three years full-time professional experience in the disability, rehabilitation, mental health, or related human services fields and can demonstrate ability to undertake graduate study through the provision of curriculum vitae and an employer's reference.
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:
- A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
- OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
- OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
- OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
- OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.
English test results must be no more than two years old.
The Direct Entry Program (DEP) pathway is not accepted for this program.
Applicants should refer to the English language requirements section of the following University policy for exceptions to these overall requirements:
Reduce the time it takes to finish your degree. You can apply to Griffith to recognise your prior learning, including:
• Formal learning through courses completed at uni and TAFE.
• Informal learning through workplace experience or volunteer training.
• Non-formal learning through social experiences and hobbies
In this program, you'll develop the knowledge and understanding of how to work effectively with people with a mental illness, their carers and family members. You will access highly relevant courses based on the latest evidence-based research and collaboration with consumers, carers and mental health professionals.
You'll be connected during study with fellow students from different professional backgrounds who bring a range of valued perspectives. Our recovery-based courses are designed for workers in various settings where mental health knowledge is essential. These include nursing, occupational therapy, psychology and social work, in roles as community support workers, peer support workers, consumer and carer consultants, rehabilitation workers, disability workers, housing officers, police liaison officers and people working in other mental health support roles.
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, core subjects in this degree can include:
• Consumer, Carer, and Community Engagement in Mental Health
• Contemporary Mental Health Practice
• Understanding Mental Health : Theories and Practice
• Applied Counselling
As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice (GCertMentHPrac), a student must acquire 40 credit points as prescribed below:
- gain 40 credit points for the prescribed core subjects.