Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Graduate Certificate
CourseGraduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health
Course Code GC-YMH
Course Abbreviation GRADCERTYMH
Partner FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
The Centre for Youth Mental Health
Background The Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health has been developed by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Youth Mental Health in collaboration with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, to build the capacity of the youth mental health workforce both nationally and internationally.

The Graduate Certificate is delivered entirely online, and can either be treated as a stand-alone qualification to contribute to professional development, or as an entry point for the more advanced Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health offered by the University of Melbourne. T

he launch of this new course and content reflects contemporary developments in the field. This course is possibly the only graduate program in Australia that is dedicated entirely to youth mental health, and it meets a need in the market by offering mental health professionals structured learning and professional development opportunities specifically tailored to enhance their capacity to work gainfully with young people experiencing mental ill-health, across a breadth of community and clinical settings.
Course Description The Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health is a twelve month, part-time course, consisting of 4 x 12.5 point subjects.

The course is designed for health professionals working in a range of clinical and community contexts, and is intended to equip students with essential, foundational knowledge in youth mental health, covering major theoretical frameworks in the area, the various ways in which the transition to adulthood underscores young people’s vulnerability to mental illness, and established frameworks regarding the causes, symptoms and best-practice interventions for non-psychotic mental illnesses experienced by young people. Students are also introduced to tailored engagement and assessment approaches to augment their existing skills when working with young people in a therapeutic or clinical context.

The course is offered as a nested program, allowing students to exit with a Graduate Certificate after 1 year of part-time study, or progress to Graduate Diploma and, for students who meet the minimum academic requirements, to the Master of Youth Mental Health.
Delivery Mode The Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health is delivered entirely online.

Audio-visual and text based Distance Learning Packages via a web-enabled learning platform called LMS.

The online facilitator is available online and responds to emails, checks discussion postings and monitors progress on discussion threads. Appointments can be made for telephone discussions via email.
Who Should Apply Health professionals requiring structured learning and/or professional development specifically tailored to enhance their capacity to work gainfully with young people experiencing mental ill-health, across a breadth of community and clinical settings.

The learning content is of direct relevance to a wide range of health-care professionals, including psychiatrists, general practitioners, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and youth workers.
Subjects The Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health requires the completion of 4 x 12.5 point subjects:

Semester 1Semester 2
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.
Pathways to Further Study Graduates may progress to a range of other graduate coursework programs. Students that complete the Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health may be eligible to gain 50 points credit if they decide to enrol in one of the following courses:
Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health
Master of Youth Mental Health
Additional Information This is a distance education course taught entirely online. Students must have access to computer facilities and the internet. Students are required to be familiar with the internet and will need to have basic computer and word processing skills. Specifically, students need to be able to write, edit and save an essay on the computer.

Login details are provided once you are enrolled into the course.

Prospective students should note that they may not be able to undertake this online course from their place of employment due to network configurations at many workplaces (e.g. firewall / proxy server configurations to control internet traffic).
Academic and Teaching Team The course is delivered as a partnership between the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health; and The Centre for Youth Mental Health

Academic Course Coordinator: Dr Paul Badcock
Entry Requirements 1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed either:
  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline such as Health Science, Social Work, Psychology, Medicine, or related discipline; or
  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline or equivalent, and two years of documented relevant work experience; or
  • five years of documented relevant work experience, including clear evidence of career development, professional writing, and professional achievement or practice comparable to that expected of undergraduate degree holders in cognate disciplines. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
  • prior academic performance; and, if relevant
  • professional experience.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Selection and Admission Procedure.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Note:
  • Students currently enrolled in the Master of Youth Mental Health or the Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health who do not wish to proceed beyond the Graduate Certificate may request that an internal administrative process be implemented to withdraw from the higher level award in order to satisfy requirements for the award of the Graduate Certificate.
  • Quotas may be applied.
Course Fees $9,040 (course total)
Fee Inclusions As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELPFee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Key Dates Semester 1, 2018: 26th February - 27th May
Semester 2, 2018: 23rd July - 21st October
For commencement Semester 1, 2018 (February):
APPLICATIONS OPEN OCTOBER 2017
Related Courses and SubjectsGraduate Certificate in Managing Early Psychosis
GraduateCertificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide
Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health
Master of Youth Mental Health
Contact Us Program Coordinator: Alexis Beaumont
Phone: +61 (03) 9035 3480
Email: TL-youthmentalhealth@unimelb.edu.au