NURS20179 - Advanced Mental Health Nursing Skills

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Approaches to mental health care have developed dramatically in the past 150 years. From containment and custodial-based care, mental health nurses now aspire to therapeutic approaches that are person-centred, goal-oriented, collaborative, enhance agency, inspire hope and are evidence-based. This unit explores specialist skills intentionally used to create ease, promote self-understanding and motivate pathways to recovery within specific mental health contexts. You will research, discuss and apply traditional and emerging psychosocial approaches and skills such as cognitive behaviour therapy, solution focused counselling, open dialogue, motivational interviewing and other group therapies. You will also have an opportunity to focus your inquiry into one or more specialist services, where advanced techniques are emphasised.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Be Different Intakes

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2022 - Online

Higher Education Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no Higher Education availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022
Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Portfolio 0%
3. Practical Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse a range of psychosocial approaches, including any assumptions, their theoretical underpinnings, aims, methods and skills
  2. Apply evidence based practice to recommend a specific therapeutic approach within a particular clinical setting, or with a particular person, in order to promote Recovery
  3. Evaluate advanced therapeutic care that is planned and implemented collaboratively
  4. Demonstrate and evaluate the use of particular therapeutic approaches within a particular clinical area and/or with a particular person in order to promote Recovery.

This unit is one of the units offered in the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing (CC69). The Graduate Diploma is provisionally accredited by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing. The College was notified of these changes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
3 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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