Details for Mental Health

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC516
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


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

  • Understanding mental health and wellbeing; historical and current scholarship
  • Understanding social, biological and cultural factors related to mental health
  • Common presentations and symptoms of mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders and mood disorders
  • Assessment and case formulation
  • Evidence-based interventions and support
  • Person-centred care and best-practice responses and support mechanisms
  • Contexts of care
  • Professional and ethical practice
  • Referral protocols
  • Professional and personal wellbeing

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 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.