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Diploma

Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health

      The experience

      Overview

      The course is delivered as a partnership between the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health; and The Centre for Youth Mental Health.

      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

      • Outline and discuss the major theories of youth development and mental health
      • Describe and apply tailored approaches to engaging and assessing young people experiencing mental ill-health
      • Identify and assess the early signs of a range of serious mental illnesses in young people
      • Identify and differentiate key features of the various types of mental ill-health in young people
      • Identify and discuss the biological, psychological and social risk factors that underlie mental ill-health in young people
      • Identify and discuss the biological, psychological and social protective factors that contribute to young people’s resilience and promote recovery from mental ill-health
      • Identify and describe the range of best-practice psychosocial and biological interventions for different types of mental ill-health in young people
      • Identify and discuss recent advances in the prevention and early intervention of mental ill-health in young people
      • Design and critically evaluate prevention and early intervention approaches to youth mental health
      • Describe optimal biological and psychosocial interventions that are applicable to the various stages of serious mental illness and sensitive to the developmental tasks facing young people
      • Prepare treatment plans applicable to the different stages of mental illness that are sensitive to the developmental tasks facing young clients of mental health services
      • Match optimal approaches to the treatment of young people to impatient, community-based and home-based contexts
      • Apply critically reflective, evidence-based approaches to youth mental health practice
      • Critically analyse scientific research papers.