PACFA’s Mental Health On-line Training Course is being delivered in partnership with the Cairnmillar Institute.
The course comprises of 4 modules of approximately 2 hours each. In total the course will take a minimum of 8 hours to complete – however, please note that there is the potential for it to take much longer, depending upon the amount of reading the participants choose to do and the degree to which they choose to participate in the online discussion forums. Participants are invited to work through each module in their own time over the two week period for a minimum of 8 hours.
The course costs $250 including GST for PACFA registrants and members of PACFA Member Associations. For non-members the course costs $350 including GST.
Each course has a maximum of 15 participants. To register, please complete the application and make your payment at least 14 days prior to commencement of the course to secure your place.
For PACFA Registrants, the course counts as 8 hours of Category A CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
Module 1: Mental Health and Illness
This module will include audio-visuals, readings and online discussion that introduce participants to the ‘world’ of mental health, mental illness, deinstitutionalisation, stigma, and psychiatry – and antipsychiatry. The cultural construction of mental illness will be considered, together with the current push to ‘pathologise’ common reactions to stressful situations. Participants will be encouraged to think about their own perceptions of mental illness, as well as their attitudes and beliefs.
Module 2: Mental Health Assessment
In this module, participants will be introduced to approaches to undertaking mental health assessment. Participants will be provided with some of the more common mental health assessment tools, including the mental state examination, clinical risk assessment and suicide risk assessment. Case Studies will also be provided as a discussion point.
Module 3: Mental Health Interventions
Participants will consider the interventions that are most commonly used by mental health practitioners in Australia. These include psychopharmacology, Case Management, CBT, IPT, and also electroconvulsive therapy. There will be a ‘real time’ guided discussion forum between students and the facilitator regarding the comparative benefits of CBT, IPT, and other therapies.
Module 4: Consumer Centred Models of Care, and Ethical Questions
In this final module, participants will consider the benefits and challenges of consumer-centred
models of care. They will also be introduced to mental health legislation and discuss the ethics of requiring people with an acute or severe mental illness to receive care. Participants will also hear
about the consumer’s experience and recovery journey in the mental health context.
Cancellations made 5 or less working days prior to the course commencement date are 100% non-refundable.
Cancellations made more than 5 working days prior to the course commencement date may apply via email to email@example.com for a refund.
After the commencement date/time of the course, no refunds are possible.