Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health

      What will I study?


      As a student of the Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health, you will:

      Understand major theories relevant to youth mental health

      You will examine the research and key theories that underpin contemporary understandings of the mental health of young people. You will discuss development, focusing on various factors that influence healthy development and mental ill-health in childhood, adolescence and emerging adulthood.

      Learn best-practice ways of engaging and assessing young people

      You will examine the key foundations of youth mental health clinical practice, including assessment, engagement and case formulation. You will explore a variety of frameworks and discuss the concept of youth-friendliness within clinical practice and service-level delivery.

      Examine major non-psychotic disorders and interventions

      You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of major non-psychotic disorders, including mood, anxiety, substance use and eating disorders. You will focus on the epidemiology, aetiology and typical features of the disorder and explore evidence-based interventions.

      Course structure

      The Graduate Certificate is a 50-point program delivered entirely online and designed to be undertaken part-time over one year. You must complete four core subjects, each worth 12.5 points.


      On average, it is estimated that students will be required to allocate 15-19 hours per week for study time for each subject. However, the time commitment required can vary based on individual task management and planning skills, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

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