Graduate Certificate in Youth Self Harm and Suicide

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Graduate Certificate
Course Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide
Course Code GC-MYSHS
Course Abbreviation GRADCERTMANYSH&SUI
Partner Faculty Faculty 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 Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide 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 equip the mental health workforce with the latest theory, research and evidence-based practice guidelines on the detection, prevention and management of self-harm and suicide-related behaviours in young people.

The course is delivered wholly online, and provides students with a comprehensive overview of the epidemiology of self-harm and suicide in young people, key features of the suicidal process, principles of assessing risk of self-harm and suicide-related behaviours, and evidence-based approaches to prevent, monitor and manage self-harm and suicide risk in clinical and community settings.
Course Description The Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide is a part time 12 month course, consisting of four subjects.

Designed for health-care professionals working in a range of clinical and community contexts, the course provides specialised knowledge for working with young people experiencing mental ill-health, focusing specifically on the management of self-harm and suicide-related behaviours.
Delivery Mode The Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide is delivered entirely online.

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 Mental 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 Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide requires the completion of the following 4 x 12.5 point subjects:

Semester 1 Semester 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 Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide may be eligible to gain 25 points credit if they decide to enrol in one of the following courses:
Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health
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: Quotas may be applied.
Course Fees $8,664 ($2,166 per subject)
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 HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Key Dates Commencement: Semester 1, 2017
Related Courses and Subjects Graduate Certificate in Managing Early Psychosis
Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health
Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health
Master of Youth Mental Health
Contact Us Program Coordinator: Kathy Griffiths
Phone: +61 (03) 8344 2601
Email: TL-youthmentalhealth@unimelb.edu.au