EDF4532 - Introduction to mental health issues - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Tristan Snell (Semester 1, Term 4)

Mr Douglas Scott (Term 2)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Flexible)

Hong Kong



This unit focuses on the incidence of mental health issues and their effects on the individual, family and community. It examines a variety of issues relating to trauma and grief, addictions to alcohol, drugs and other mental health issues. Students examine how the normal highs and lows of life can be managed and how declining mental health can affect feelings, thoughts and actions. Students are introduced to a number of therapeutic approaches.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the types of mental health issues
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the main issues in grief and trauma counselling and the application of models of assessment to counselling practice
  3. develop and analyse the impacts on families of substance abuse and dependency
  4. develop an understanding of assessment techniques for use with grief, trauma and addictions
  5. examine the current practice issues for trauma, grief and addictions.


Analysis of a mental health issue (4000 words, 50%)

Case study analysis of a person with a mental health disorder (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus* flexible students:
    • 36 contact hours of face-to-face and/or online activities
  2. Contact hours for off-campus* flexible students:
    • 36 contact hours of online activities
  3. Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:
    • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
    • at least 14 hours of online study per term
  4. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

    *This refers to the student's course enrolment mode.

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