Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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)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 9903 4955; email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Pamela Snow


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.


This course, developed jointly by the School of Psychology and Psychiatry 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.


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

  • MHT4001 Understanding mental development - child to adolescent
  • MHT4002 Mental health - practical considerations

Year two

  • MHT4003 Counselling techniques for members of the teaching professions
  • MHT4004 Organisational and group aspects of the school environment


Graduate Diploma in Mental Health for Teaching Professions