Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will critically examine theoretical frameworks for conducting advanced therapeutic skills in mental health nursing practice. Students will extend their understanding of therapeutic approaches including talk based therapy and working with people in crisis, using a problem-solving approach in the context of mental health care. Students will gain enhanced knowledge and skills required to undertake therapy with a specific focus on advanced communication and language. Students need to seek out work integrated learning experiences in which skills can be applied to real workplace context.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKate Emond

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesStudents will participate in summative and formative activities including online lectures, reflective activities, participation with peers,analysis of case studies and scenarios online, online skills sessions, online quizzes, written assessments and an oral presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeStudents have obtained knowledge required to successfully complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent. Satisfactory computer skills in Microsoft Word or equivalent programs.

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days requiredNo minimum hours required.

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsStudents must seek out opportunities to link theoretical learning to practice.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Extend your current knowledge and use advanced therapeutic skills in mental health nursing, for common mental health and illness issues.
02. Engage creatively in therapeutic relationships with mental health consumers their families/carers and significant others, which are characterized by co-construction of care and collaborative engagement.
03. Extend the range of psycho-therapeutic interventions applied to recovery in different situations and contexts of care.
04. Generate effective communication skills to effectively and sensitively work with colleagues, people accessing mental health services and the public in accordance with professional ethical standards.
05. Develop and evaluate learning strategies that are responsive to reflective practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, LTU Term 5, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKate Emond

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 37 - 42
One 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 42 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1500 word equivalent Evidence of engagement and interaction.

N/AOtherCombinedNo25 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

2000 word equivalent Written Assessment.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

1500 word equivalent Online oral presentation.

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5