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COU8033 Mental Health Practice 2

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Zahra Izadikhah


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH


A requirement of counselling training standards is that students can apply and critically evaluate their theoretical knowledge in competent counselling and psychotherapy practice. This includes knowledge of mental health conditions across the lifespan as well as the knowledge and mastery of techniques for applying evidence-based practices to the presenting problems. Students also need to have the skill to apply techniques and competency in relating to others in an effective way and to be aware of human diversity. This course will provide students with the critical knowledge base and advanced skills for effective, evidence-based practice in counselling and psychotherapy.

This course aims to build an advanced knowledge of psychopathology and mental health conditions in the context of the lifespan. It will also help students to gain expert knowledge of treatment of these psychological disorders. Students will learn about psychopharmacology and the medical approach to treatment of mental health conditions. They will also gain a thorough understanding of the methodologies and application of major counselling approaches. This course assists counselling practitioners to obtain professional knowledge of evidence-based counselling approaches and to develop and formulate an integrative approach in counselling. It will also help counsellors to gain a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities in relation to clients as well as to raise awareness of human diversity including culture, gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, religion and ethnicity.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Articulate advanced knowledge of mental health conditions, including their symptoms, aetiology and treatment options
  2. Articulate a basic knowledge of psychopharmacology
  3. Apply the key counselling theories, methodologies and approaches
  4. Critically evaluate major counselling approaches in relation to professional practice
  5. Critically analyse case studies in practice using an integrative approach to counselling
  6. Critically discuss the attributes, role and responsibilities of the counsellor


Description Weighting(%)
1. Psychological disorders; Developmental disabilities 10.00
2. Disorders of childhood 5.00
3. Youth Mental Health; mental health care for adolescents and young adults 5.00
4. Disorders commonly presenting in adult life including personality disorders 10.00
5. Disorders affecting the elderly 5.00
6. Application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 15.00
7. Psychopharmacology 10.00
8. Application of Psychotherapy and Counselling Approaches 20.00
9. Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy 10.00
10. The Client-Counsellor Relationship and Qualities/ characteristics of an effective counsellor 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Ann M. Kring, Sheri L. Johnson, Gerald C. Davison, John M. Neale 2016, Abnormal Psychology:, The Science and Treatment of Psychological Disorders, 13th edn, Wiley.
Meadows, G., Farhall, J., Fossey, E., Happell, B., McDermott, F., & Rosenberg, S. (Eds.) 2020, Mental Health and Collaborative Community Practice:, An Australian Perspective, 4th edn, Oxford University Press.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay No 30 1,2,3
Assignments Written Case Study No 40 4,5,6
Assignments Written Quiz No 30 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 10 February 2023