Certificate in Mental Health

Do you want to help people suffering with a mental health disorder? Are you passionate about psychology and want to learn more about human behaviour? Are you interested in understanding the effects illicit and prescribed drugs can have on an individual and a society? Do you want to learn more about mental health disorders and how to identify them? Then this course is for you.

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Approximately 400 hours
to complete the course, which
has 4 key modules made up of
41 subjects.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.


Upon completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.


Online, flexible learning at
your own pace.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

Careerhouse is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises institutions who aspire to excellence in tertiary education.

Mental health disorders will affect nearly half of the Australian population in their lifetime, with 1 in 5 Australians experiencing a common mental health disorder in the last 12 months. This foundation introductory course aims to help you understand the signs, symptoms and possible treatments of adult mental health problems. You will also learn about social psychology and human behaviour, and the differences between common psychological disorders, including identifying their symptoms and possible ways to treat them.

Course Outline

Students will undertake 4 Key Modules, made up of 41 subjects each.

Module 1: Managing Mental Health in Adults (100 hours)

This module is designed with the aim to help you understand the signs, symptoms and possible treatments of adult mental health problems. From depression, to anxiety and schizophrenia, to eating disorders, OCD and phobias, you will learn about the most common mental health disorders and how they impact a person’s life.

Mental health professionals work with their patients and mental health sufferers, to help themselves. Throughout this module, you will learn practical techniques and strategies which can help people suffering from a mental health disorder control and alleviate severe symptoms.

Module 2: Social Psychology I (100 hours)

Learn about stereotypes, group behaviour, prejudice, attraction, attitudes and attitudinal change, interaction and much more in this module about social psychology. The module is designed with the aim to help you understand human behaviour and how society affects the individual and the group.

You will also learn the psychology behind how we interact with each other, or act as a group rather than an individual. By understanding the “natural” social needs of a person, the aim is to help you develop an increased sensitivity to other people, and better identify and assist people with attending to deficiencies in their social interactions.

Module 3: Abnormal Psychology (100 hours)

Throughout this module, you will be introduced to a range of common psychological disorders, from their aetiology, symptoms, prognosis, to possible treatment options. Whilst the module largely mirrors classifications systems used in the DSM and ICD, the student is also encouraged to consider additional issues, such as the definition of normality and abnormality, and when is an individual’s behaviour within the bounds of what is regarded as “normal” in society – and when is it “abnormal”.

The module aims to help you better understand common mental health issues so you can recognise and accommodate the behaviours of the people you work with and interact with, so you can relate and communicate with them in a more understanding and positively beneficial manner.

Module 4: Psychopharmacology (Drugs & Psychology) (100 hours)

This module is designed to help you understand how different types of drugs (manmade and natural) can influence our behaviour. From substance abuse, dependency, and withdrawal affects on the nervous system, to the impacts of drugs on society, this introductory module provides a solid foundation to psychopharmacology.

You will learn how our thinking can be affected by both legal and illegal drugs, the effects of pain killers, alcohol and prescription drugs, and discover the differences between the main groups of illicit drugs and how to identify drug abuse and dependence.

For the full subject list and course guide, fill out our Enquiry Form and our course advisors will be in touch.


Assessments are a critical step in the learning process. They help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your tutor identify where any further support may be required, so that you get the most out of your course.

You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and watching videos. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment which is marked by your assigned tutor and returned to you with feedback, and if necessary, some recommended additional reading. Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Who will this course interest?

This course is a beginner level course and will lay a sound foundation of knowledge and skills in which can grow with experience and further study.

This course may be of interest to people working, or aspiring to work in or as:

› Mental Health Coordinator 
› Nursing – Mental Health Nurse
› Social Services (social worker) and Case Workers 
› Probations Officers and Corrections Treatment Facilitator
› Family and Marriage Therapist 
› Psychology professor/lecturer 
› Psychologist – sports, clinical, forensic, social, military, aviation, industrial, criminal, educational, developmental, comparative, child
› Psychiatrist or Psychiatrist aide 
› Counselling

If you have a specific job in mind, it is important that you research exactly what is required before enrolling in a course. Different roles will require different skills, qualifications and recognition. If you are unsure, one of our course advisors will be able to help you with this.

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