Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health
by Edith Cowan University

COURSE INFORMATION

Why choose Mental Health studies?

Embark on a transformative journey in mental health care with the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health awarded by Edith Cowan University, in collaboration with CSM Academy International.

Do you have a degree in health, counselling, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, midwifery, human resources or any psychology related area? Or you have equivalent prior learning, including at least five years of relevant professional experience in a mental health setting.

Whatever your experiences, this course provides you with an overview of contemporary and evidence-based approaches to the delivery of mental health care.

You will gain an appreciation of the historical context of mental health care and develop a range of assessment and intervention skills that can be applied in a range of mental health settings.

The course also enables you to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various management strategies for supporting clients with a mental illness in the community.

  • Communicate and apply specialised knowledge, concepts and skills to a variety of audiences in the field of mental health practice.
  • Apply independent judgement when reviewing, analysing and evaluating complex problems to generate creative solutions.
  • Demonstrate professional clinical management skills by initiating, planning, implementing and evaluating tasks within a Mental Health Nursing context.
  1. Contemporary Issues in Mental Health
    This unit advances the student’s knowledge of mental health theory and practice. Aspects of mental health care including psychopathology, treatment modalities, models of care, medico-legal issues in care and changing trends in the provision of care in the mental health setting will be explored. Students will be expected to be self-directed in examining issues relating to clinical practice in the mental health service context.
  1. Assessment in Mental Health
    Mental health professionals are frequently the point-of-first-contact with a person suffering from an acute mental illness. The accurate and timely assessment of these potentially unstable people is a fundamental mental health skill. Various approaches to assessing people with mental illness in the community and inpatient settings that are both responsive to the needs of the wider community, mental health consumers and their families, will also be explored. A range of interventions within a variety of mental health settings will be addressed, including the identification of relapse in clients.
  1. Community Mental Health
    This unit explores the issues that are significant in contemporary community mental health practice. Students will focus on the concept of case management and recovery in relation to individuals, groups and communities as well as on the essential practice skills for community mental health practitioners. The use of instruments for mental health assessment will be explored. Students will also explore family-based approaches, the role of consumers and their family in supported decision-making and stakeholder collaboration.

Full time: 6 months

Part time: 12 months (inclusive of interim term breaks, etc)

Note:
The duration of 6 months/12months for full-time/part-time respectively includes interim term breaks, exam periods, and a dedicated re-assessment week, actual study period is only 13 weeks for full-time and 26 weeks for part-time.

Please contact our staff for latest schedule.

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health also provides a pathway to ECU’s Graduate Diploma and Master of Mental Health Nursing.
(Visit: ECU | Master of Mental Health Nursing)

Blended learning

Online learning:

  • Students will engage in learning experiences via ECU’s learning management system (LMS) as well as additional ECU learning technologies.

Intensive lectures:

  • Each module will commence with 2 days of intensive lectures at the start of the semester, all delivered by Lecturers from Edith Cowan University.
  • Each module will include 5 evening tutorials, each lasting between 2 to 2.5 hours, spread throughout the entire semester. These tutorials will be led by local senior leaders in the healthcare industry.

Academic Admission Requirements:

All applicants are required to have a Bachelor degree in a health, counselling, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, midwifery or psychology related area; or equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional working experience.

English Langauage Requirement:

English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

– Bachelor degree from an approved country

– IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);

Please visit Edith Cowan University’s website for comprehensive list of the English Proficiency Bands.

https://www.ecu.edu.au/future-students/course-entry/english-proficiency-bands 

To graduate, a student must complete all three modules and pass all the final assessments.

Students are assessed in various methods such as online multiple-choice tests, reports, reflective practice, essays, assignments and presentations.

Completing this course will boost your career prospects across various mental health roles, facilitating progression to higher-level positions within healthcare and social service environments. Whether you’re already active in the field or involved as a caregiver or volunteer, this program equips you with comprehensive, evidence-based knowledge of mental health and effective care methods. You’ll develop transferable skills to educate peers, advocate within communities, initiate interventions, and deliver training to support networks, enhancing your ability to make a meaningful impact in mental health care.

Job Roles: Mental Health Practitioner, Mental Health Educator, Mental Health Clinician, Mental Health Nurse Manager, Case Manager. Basically, any functional area where you need to handle mental health of staff.

*Total Course fee:

Application Fee

(Non-Refundable and non-transferrable)

For local students: S$300.00 

For international students: S$600

Course Fee
S$2,450 per module totalling S$7,350 for entire course.

 For International Students:
S$2,450 per module totalling S$7,350 for entire course.

*All fees above are before GST.

Edith Cowan University (ECU) was established in 1991 and to date has over 31,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. At ECU, they believe that human creativity, combined with the inspiration of learning, has the power to transform lives and to create a better world. They prepare their students by teaching them the skills sought by industries and employers worldwide, such as creative thinking and problem-solving.

There courses are also internationally recognised, with many being professionally accredited by national and international organisations. They encourage positive mindsets where problems are seen as opportunities. High quality teaching is integral to ECU’s values. They are an established Australian leader in the delivery of quality teaching, student support and the overall education experience of our domestic and international students.

Edith Cowan University’s Accolades:

  • Graduates rated ECU 5 stars for 17 straight years in the Good Universities Guide for overall experience, learning resources, skills development, and student support. 
  • ECU has been ranked Australia’s top public university for undergraduate teaching quality for 7 years in a row in the QILT (Quality Indicators in Learning and Teaching) survey results.
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings: In the latest rankings for 2024, ECU has maintained its position as one of the top 400 universities in the world.
  • QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024: For Nursing studies, ECU is again ranked in the global top 100.
  • THE Young University Rankings: 64th

Please contact us on how to guide you for the online application via our website:
https://csmacademy.edu.sg/csm-courses/graduate-certificate-in-mental-health/

Following documents are to be submitted: • Passport / Birth Certificate / NRIC • Parchment and transcripts of your Bachelor’s Degree • English Language Competency Certificates • Digital Passport-sized Photograph • Application Fee
Please bring along all original documents.

STEP 1
Fill up the following online forms • Application Form – CSM Academy International Pte Ltd • ICA Form 16 and Form V36 – applicable only for International Students (complete in English and duly signed by applicant)

STEP 2
Attach the following documents 

  • A copy of passport-size photograph with white background 
  • A copy of NRIC (for Singaporeans and PR) 
  •  A copy of passport – applicable only for International Students (must have at least 1 year validity)
  • A copy of birth certificate – applicable only for International Students.

Bring the original documents for the above items

  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • All documents need to be translated in English and submitted along with the original documents
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • Resume or Letter from employer certifying period of employment (if applicable)
  • Bank balance to show a minimum of S$30,000 for students from visa-required countries (China, India, etc) / Evidence of study loan, sufficient enough to cover the course fees – applicable only for International Students)
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable)

STEP 3 

Offer by the School 

Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive electronic version of Letter of Offer and terms and conditions page if any.

STEP 4
Application of Student Pass – Only applicable for International Students (Skip this step for local Students)

Upon approval of your application, CSM Academy will proceed to submit your Student’s Pass application via SOLAR + to Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA. You will be notified of the outcome within 6 weeks. 

STEP 5
Payment of Programme Fees

For Local Students – You will be required to bring the original certificates for verification, sign the student contract and make course payments.

For International Students – 

Once your Student Pass application is approved-in-principle by ICA, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract, followed by course fee payment. Do contact our Student & Industry Outreach Executive if you require student services on arrival such as airport pick-up, accommodation, medical check-up and more.

Payment mode: 

Via Paypal (For online applications) Or Via Nets / Cheque (For counter applications only)

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