Mental Health Training

Key Facts

Study Load: 2 Weeks
Location: Not Applicable
Delivery Mode: Online
Intake: Quarterly
Fees: $270-350

Course Overview

The Mental Health Online Training Course is delivered in partnership with PACFA. Participants undertake 4 models online over a two week period, and cover topics including Mental Health & Illness, Assessment, Intervention, and Consumer Centred Models of Care and Ethical Questions.

Each course has a maximum of 15 participants. For PACFA Registrants, the course counts as 8 hours of Category A CPD (Continuing Professional Development).

Please note, this course does not give you mental health practitioner status.

What does this course offer?

Module 1: Mental Health and Illness

This module will include audio-visuals, readings and online discussion that introduce participants to the ‘world’ of mental health, mental illness, deinstitutionalisation, stigma, and psychiatry – and antipsychiatry. The cultural construction of mental illness will be considered, together with the current push to ‘pathologise’ common reactions to stressful situations. Participants will be encouraged to think about their own perceptions of mental illness, as well as their attitudes and beliefs.

Module 2: Mental Health Assessment

In this module, participants will be introduced to approaches to undertaking mental health assessment. Participants will be provided with some of the more common mental health assessment tools, including the mental state examination, clinical risk assessment and suicide risk assessment. Case Studies will also be provided as a discussion point.

Module 3: Mental Health Interventions

Participants will consider the interventions that are most commonly used by mental health practitioners in Australia. These include psychopharmacology, Case Management, CBT, IPT, and also electroconvulsive therapy. There will be a ‘real time’ guided discussion forum between students and the facilitator regarding the comparative benefits of CBT, IPT, and other therapies.

Module 4: Consumer Centred Models of Care, and Ethical Questions

In this final module, participants will consider the benefits and challenges of consumer-centred models of care. They will also be introduced to mental health legislation and discuss the ethics of requiring people with an acute or severe mental illness to receive care. Participants will also hear about the consumer’s experience and recovery journey in the mental health context.

Course Structure

Delivery Method

The course comprises of 4 modules of approximately 2 hours each. In total the course will take a minimum of 8 hours to complete – however, please note that there is the potential for it to take much longer, depending upon the amount of reading the participants choose to do and the degree to which they choose to participate in the online discussion forums, you will need to have basic computer literacy to complete this course. Participants are invited to work through each module in their own time over the two week period for a minimum of 8 hours.


Upcoming Course Dates

For all enquiries or to be notified for when PACFA’s 2023 course calendar is confirmed, please email

Our Trainers

Dr Catherine Hungerford RN, CMHN, PhD, FACMHN

Further Information


PACFA’s course fees are inclusive of GST and include a certificate of completion.

$350 (GST inclusive) for non-members

$270 (GST inclusive) for PACFA Members and Registrants


Cairnmillar can offer this or other tailored courses for your organisation’s needs. If you have a group of 10 or more participants, we can come to you. For further information, email the Professional Development Team at

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