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This unit will expose you to critical exploration and practical application of the core contexts of mental health within the Australian healthcare system. Contemporary policy issues, core professional values, the self within therapeutic relationships, foundational skills within mental health professional clinical practice that build toward collaborative recovery and evidenced based mental health practice will be explored. In this unit, you will cover:

  • Overarching mental health policy and legislation impacting on daily clinical practice and experienced intervention
  • The therapeutic relationship and effective use of self
  • Emotional Intelligence, empathy and compassion
  • Bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment and formulation
  • Clinical supervision


Learning outcomes

  • Synthesise contemporary mental health policy and legislation from government and professional bodies and connect that synthesis to models and experiences of care
  • Review the evidenced based literature on the therapeutic relationship and argue its importance for working in partnership with consumers to meet their holistic needs
  • Critique the constructs of Emotional Intelligence, empathy and compassion and their application to the use of self within therapeutic relationships and as a platform for evidenced based interventions
  • Construct a clinical formulation reflective of diverse consumer need and personhood stemming from holistic assessment
  • Design an individualised supervision and development plan to enable critical reflection in practice



You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Critical review - 40%
  • Reflective writing - 50%
  • Discussion board - 10%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Mental Health and Master of Mental Health (Nursing).   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 863 819 for more information based on your particular circumstances.