COUN5221 Mental Health Practice

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One Trimester

Level: 500 (2nd  year)

Credit Points: 8 (out of a total 96)

Prerequisites: All year 1 units: COUN5131; COUN5141; COUN5151; COUN5161; COUN5171; COUN5831

Mode(s) of Delivery: On-Campus and Blended

Core/Elective: Core

Unit Description

This unit develops students’ understanding and critical evaluation of the principles of mental health literacy, the recovery model of practice, theoretical concepts and culturally located meanings of mental health and wellbeing. Students learn to apply in-depth knowledge of the range and prevalence of mental health conditions to case studies, and demonstrate knowledge and skills in case conceptualisation, assessment and evidence-based interventions for mental health conditions. A focus of this unit is the ability to conduct evidence-based professional risk assessments for self-harm and risk of harm to others, and to work safely and ethically with clients who present with suicidal ideation and behaviours.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a) Review, interpret, integrate, synthesise and apply advanced knowledge of theoretical concepts and culturally located meanings of mental health and wellbeing.

b) Critically understand and evaluate and the principles of mental health literacy underpinning contemporary mental health practice.

c) Competently apply and transmit advanced knowledge to effectively demonstrate sophisticated levels of self-reflexivity, autonomy and adaptability to work safely and ethically in mental health practice.

d) Demonstrate an advanced capacity to critically analyse, synthesise and communicate ideas at an advanced academic level, using contemporary communication approaches.

Unit Workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the Discipline of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Academic Misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for full details.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.