Available in 2017

Course handbook


This course strengthens students' knowledge and understanding of human development and behaviour, and extends students' ability to work with people with mental illness and disorders. Studies in life-span development and contemporary theories of human biological, psychological and social development, behaviour, and adaptation, are designed to enable students to more effectively utilise evidence-based interventions such as basic cognitive behaviour therapy. Students will examine therapeutic options applicable for use by health care professionals in health care settings. These options will include a range of e-therapies available for high-prevalence disorders such as anxiety and depression. Tutorials focus on exploring therapeutic options and strengthening students' capacity for self-reflection and therapeutic engagement.

Availability2017 Course Timetables

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2017


  • Semester 2 - 2017


  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding integral to Professional practice

2. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding integral to critical thinking and analysis

3. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding integral to Provision and coordination of care

4. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding integral to collaborative and therapeutic practice


  • Collaborative and therapeutic practice to ensure a person-centred focus in all interventions
  • Participating in the delivery of recovery-focused interventions
  • Responding effectively to clients with a range of mental disorders
  • Implementing a holistic approach to person-centred care in a range of settings, including the ability to participate effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrate effective performance in identifying potential mental health problems when conducting a client assessment
  • Display an awareness of a range of psychosocial interventions
  • Reflect on a growing self-awareness and personal insight


This course is only available to students active in the Bachelor of Nursing program or Bachelor of Midwifery Program and have successfully completed 2nd year requirements.

Assumed knowledge

A pass or higher grade in all 2000 level courses

Assessment items

Presentation: PowerPoint Presentation with Narration

Essay: Essay

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term