Graduate Certificate in Mental Health (Approval in process)

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health by Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University – Australia
Established in 1991, ECU has grown rapidly into a quality university with excellent student satisfaction and internationally recognised research. Students and graduates at ECU are amongst the best in the world, with many fulfilling crucial roles in our society. Their outstanding achievements have been recognised throughout Australia and internationally through awards, grants, scholarships and prizes. ECU makes Top 10 in fresh ranking of Australian universities in 2023.


Graduate Diploma in Mental Health by Edith Cowan University (ECU) provides students from a range of health-related disciplines with an overview of contemporary and evidence-based approaches to the delivery of mental health care.

Students 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 choice of an elective unit offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in a range of specialised mental health care contexts.

The course also enables students 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.

This course has been accredited by ECU as an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate Award.

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health has 2 core modules and 1 elective module to choose from 5 units. 2 core modules are Face-to-face while electives will be online module.

Full time: 6 months (7-hour lessons/day, 5 days/week)
Part time: 12 months (3.5-hour lessons/day, 3 days/week)

The assessment of modules will be guided by the following principles: 

  • Each level of the course should be taught and assessed in the way use of coursework-based assessments. 
  • A variety of different ways of working (individual and team-based) will be introduced in order to demonstrate the students’ skills and knowledge in the best way possible. The modules will be assessed through the use of coursework-based assessments and examinations.

Edith Cowan University, Australia

2 core modules:
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.

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 living in the community. Students will further explore how psychotherapy, psycho-pharmacology and family therapy can be applied to mental health consumers and their families/carers.

Choose one topic from these electives:

3. Child and Adolescent Mental Health

This unit explores the development and clinical presentation of mental health problems in children and adolescents. Students will learn about the relevance of early childhood development to lifetime mental health disorder, why the majority of mental health problems emerge during childhood and adolescence, the disorders that commonly present at different stages of development and the interventions recommended for mental health problems across the continuum from prevention to early intervention and treatment. Finally, this unit will address the key principles for working effectively with children, young people and their families in a range of contexts.


  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.


  1. Forensic Mental Health

Students will gain an extensive knowledge of theoretical and practical issues in forensic mental health including a critical awareness of the current issues, debates and insights within the specialty. The diversity of the forensic population, legal and criminal justice systems will be explored. How individual mental health factors influence offending behaviour will also be discussed. Students will learn the principles of working effectively with forensic mental health clients and explore the perceptions mental health professionals may have about working with this population.


  1. Drug Use and Addictive Behaviours

This unit provides students with opportunities to demonstrate an understanding of psychoactive drug addiction and other addictive behaviours, from a socio-politico-historical public health context. Students will critically evaluate the evidence underpinning drug-control policies, and learn to apply screening skills and brief interventions for individuals experiencing addiction.


  1. Perinatal Mental Health

This unit explores the development and clinical presentation of mental health problems during the perinatal period. Students will learn about risk factors affecting the emotional wellbeing of the woman during the pregnancy and postnatal period, the relevance and importance of early screening for mental health problems in the perinatal period, and the disorders that commonly present during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. Students will also learn the interventions recommended for mental health problems across the continuum from prevention to early intervention and treatment. Finally, this unit will address the key principles for working effectively with the woman and their families during the perinatal period to improve the well-being of the mother and the infant.

Registered nurse/midwife within a range of mental health settings, clinical nurse, staff development nurse, clinical educator.

Application Fee
(Non-Refundable and non-transferrable) For local students: S$50.00 (before GST)* (*Refer to Singaporean/PRs/Employment Pass/Dependant Pass holders) For international students: S$600 (before GST) 

Course Fee

For International Students:

Insurance Fees
Fee Protection Scheme**: Subject to prevailing market rate Medical Insurance Fee***: Subject to prevailing market rate **The Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ paid fees. ***It is compulsory for all local and international students to purchase medical insurance which is valid throughout their course of studies with the CSM Academy International. Local students (Singaporeans, PRs & Non-student’s Pass holders) may opt-out for this scheme if they can provide the proof of adequate medical insurance coverage in Singapore. 

Miscellaneous Fees
Please ask for a copy from our Programme Executives.

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)

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)



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.

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. 

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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