Details for Mental Health

This subject will help students recognise signs of mental health conditions and how to provide appropriate support, help, or referral for individuals with these issues. Students will explore factors influencing mental health conditions and identify the role of the community in supporting people with mental health conditions.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC516
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Sharon Garro


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Mental Health

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Develop an understanding of mental health and wellbeing, with consideration given to social, biological and cultural factors;
  2. Distinguish a broad range of mental health conditions, understanding common presentations, symptoms and evidence-based interventions;
  3. Evaluate person-centred care and best-practice responses and support mechanisms relevant to the context of care;
  4. Develop an understanding of and commitment to professional and ethical practice, whilst maintaining one’s own professional and personal wellbeing.

Subject Content

  • Introduction 
  • Understanding Abnormal Psychology and Mental Health
  • Client Focused Care, Clinical Assessment, Mini Mental Health Examination
  • Anxiety, Trauma & OCD
  • Neuro-Developmental Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Substance, Addictive and Impulse Control Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and other Psychotic Disorders
  • Mood Disorders, Suicide
  • Sexual Dysfunction and Paraphilic Disorders
  • Somatic and dissociative disorders, Eating disorders, Sleep disorders
  • Physical disorders and health psychology, Mental health services: Ethical & Legal
  • Personality Disorders
  • Understanding Community Support: Services & Help Lines
  • Application of Learning, Self Care 

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Minor Essay and Resource/Worksheet (25%)
  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Critical Reflection (25%)

Prescribed Text

  • Barlow, D.H., Durand, V.M. & Hofmann, S.G. (2017) Abnormal psychology (8th ed.) Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any texts.