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What you will learn

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As a health, allied health or nursing practitioner, you'll be familiar with the mental health issues and social distress frequently experienced by people treated in the health care system.

This Melbourne MicroCert will equip you with focused psychological strategies and the confidence to respond to these issues appropriately and effectively.

You will gain practical skills to conduct brief assessments and interventions during routine healthcare, to better support patients or clients.

These skills will include competence in cognitive behaviour strategies for brief interventions with people experiencing a high prevalence of mental health issues and social distress that impact their health and well-being.

Learning in this course is equivalent to Level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Understand and apply cognitive behavioural strategies

Explore the effects of social distress to better understand and identify the ongoing physical and emotional impacts it can have. You'll learn to implement cognitive behavioural strategies that can be used for brief interventions with your patients or clients.

Gain the confidence to conduct psychosocial assessments

Understand key techniques in psychosocial assessment to identify a client's challenges. You'll analyse a 'real-world' case study, deliver an assessment based on your findings, and enhance your evidence-based interviewing skills to motivate behaviour change, learning to apply these principles in an online context.

Develop effective intervention plans

Learn how to better support your patients or clients in activity planning and problem-solving. Gain the skills needed to produce intervention plans that use appropriate, client-centered activity planning and effective intervention strategies.

Understand the Better Access initiative and Medicare items

Explore the key features of the Australian Government's Better Access initiative to understand how you can help clients or patients access the relevant Medicare support. Use this knowledge to strengthen your assessments and intervention plans.

Please view the video below to learn more about this course.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Professor Lynette Joubert

Professor of Direct Practice Social Work

Lynette is a teaching and research professor at the University of Melbourne with qualifications in both social work and clinical psychology. She is also an Honorary Professor at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Honorary Professor at the Centre for the Digital Transformation of Health. She has extensive experience in mentoring students and practitioners within allied health practice-based research based on her own experience in social services, health and mental health.


For individuals

To take Focused Psychological Strategies Essentials as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes Apr 23, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Focused Psychological Strategies Essentials, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.

Pricing on request


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24 April – 28 May 2023

Registration closes Apr 23, 2023

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