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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradDipMentHlthTeach
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator: telephone +61 3 5440 9006; Postgraduate course administrator: telephone +61 3 9594 1478; email or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Pamela Snow


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.


This course, developed jointly by the School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine and the Faculty of Education, focuses on the central role of the teacher in the development of optimal mental health in the primary and secondary school population. The course aims to provide teaching and allied staff with both theoretical and practical information on mental health and emotional development together with practical instruction on the use of such understanding in the classroom and in school settings. The two-year structure provides a basic understanding of mental health issues on which specialised counselling and group dynamic skills can be based. The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development may offer support bursaries to eligible students - further information is available from the course administrator.


On completion of this course students will:

  • have an appreciation of psychological development from infancy to adolescence
  • have acquired an understanding of specific psychiatric and psychological syndromes of childhood and adolescence
  • place the child within his/her family, culture, school and the community in relation to psychological development and symptomatology
  • have a working knowledge and understanding of the range of interventions that may be possible within the school environment
  • understand the principles of communication, intervention and referral to appropriate professionals and outside agencies and community groups
  • participate in group case presentations of classroom difficulties and be able to involve themselves in shared solutions and strategies.


Assessment includes a combination of written essays, coursework participation and occasional special projects.


This course comprises four compulsory units


Year one

  • MHT0001 Understanding mental development - child to adolescent
  • MHT0002 Mental health - practical considerations

Year two

  • MHT0003 Counselling techniques for members of the teaching professions
  • MHT0004 Organisational and group aspects of the school environment

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health for Teaching Professions providing all requirements of that award have been met.


Graduate Diploma in Mental Health for Teaching Professions