Graduate Courses

Higher Education Graduate CoursesOur higher education programs are designed for health-care professionals working in a range of clinical contexts including psychiatry, medicine, psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, social work and other related disciplines. Professionals who provide assistance to young people in schools and community agencies are also likely to gain beneficial skills and knowledge from participating in these courses.

  • Key features

    • Our courses will enhance your skills and knowledge for working with young people experiencing mental ill-health by focusing on the unique developmental, biological, familial, social and psychological issues affecting those aged between 12 and 25 years

    • We offer the only Master of Youth Mental Health in Australia

    • Content has been developed using the internationally regarded clinical, research and training expertise of Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

    • Flexibility – all of our courses are part-time and delivered entirely online, allowing you to identify a suitable approach and study time to best suit your schedule

  • Course details

    By the conclusion of your chosen course, you will have developed the following areas of skills and knowledge, according to your exit point.

    Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health

    • The major theories of youth development and mental health

    • Key features of the range of high prevalence mental health problems experienced by young people and corresponding best-practice interventions

    • Engagement and assessment strategies for working with young people experiencing mental ill-health

    Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health

    • Evidence-based advances in the prevention and early intervention of mental ill-health in young people

    • Key features of the range of psychotic disorders experienced by young people and corresponding best-practice interventions

    • Designing treatment plans which are applicable to the different stages of mental illness and sensitive to the developmental tasks facing young clients of mental health services

    • Applying psychosocial interventions to manage a range of mental illnesses affecting young people and their families

    Master of Youth Mental Health

    • Detecting and managing early psychosis in young people

    • Optimal organisational and management approaches to optimise youth mental health service delivery across a range of settings

    • Critically reflective, evidence-based approaches to youth mental health practice

    • The principles and conduct of practice-based research

    • Completion of a major research project that facilitates admission to a PhD

    Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide

    • The major theories of youth mental health, with a focus on self-harm and suicidal behaviour in young people

    • Evidence-informed assessment strategies to identify young people at risk of deliberate self-harm or suicide

    • Evidence-informed prevention, intervention and safety management strategies for deliberate self-harm and suicide-related behaviours in clinical settings

    • Evidence-informed prevention, intervention, postvention and safety management strategies for deliberate self-harm and suicide-related behaviours in community settings

    • Designing and critically evaluating safety management plans for young people at risk of deliberate self-harm or suicidal behaviour

    Graduate Certificate in Managing Early Psychosis

    • The major theories of youth mental health, including the clinical staging and phases models of early psychosis

    • Engagement and assessment strategies for working with young people experiencing mental ill-health

    • Identifying and assessing the early signs of psychosis in young people

    • Evidence-informed advances in the prevention and early intervention of early psychosis in young people

    • Evidence-informed biological and psychosocial interventions that are applicable to the various stages of early psychosis and sensitive to the developmental tasks facing young people

    • Designing treatment plans that are applicable to the early stages of psychosis

  • Entry Requirements

    To be considered for entry, applicants must have completed either:

    • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as health science, social work, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, medicine, or a cognate discipline, or

    • An undergraduate degree in any discipline or equivalent, and two years of documented relevant work experience, or

    • Five years of documented relevant work experience, including clear evidence of career development, professional writing, and professional achievement or practice comparable to that expected of undergraduate degree holders in relevant disciplines.

  • Further information

    Our courses are delivered via online (e-learning) methods. Teaching and learning consists of weekly lectures, quizzes and online discussions within the Learning Management System (LMS). Reading materials and other resources are also provided online.

    Lectures are streamed online each week. Units run sequentially such that the first unit of each semester runs for the first six weeks of the academic calendar (i.e., Weeks 1 through 6) and the second unit runs for the last six weeks of the academic calendar (i.e., Weeks 7 through 12).

    Lecture material is developed in consultation with specialists in youth mental health, and, where possible, leading experts in the field provide students with the most experienced view of a mental health topic.

    Upon completion of each qualification you will be a graduate of The University of Melbourne.

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