Mental Health Training

The Mental Health Online Training Course is delivered in partnership with PACFA. This 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. Participants are invited to work through each module in their own time over the two week period for a minimum of 8 hours.

The course costs $250 including GST for PACFA registrants and members of PACFA Member Associations. For non-members the course costs $350 including GST.

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

Course Overview

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.

Mental Health Practitioner Listing
The Mental Health Course is intended to support practitioners interested in listing on the PACFA Register as Mental Health Practitioners but does not on its own guarantee acceptance as a Mental Health Practitioner. For more information on Mental Health Practitioner listing, please see the Mental Health Practitioner page on PACFA's website.

Course Schedule

2022 course dates will be released soon. To be notified for when PACFA's course calendar is confirmed or when enrolments are open, please email [email protected]


$350 (GST inclusive) for non-members

$250 (GST inclusive) for PACFA Members and Registrants


To enrol, please visit PACFA's website here

Further Information

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 [email protected]