Graduate Certificate in Youth Mental Health

2 years part-time, 100% online — Domestic and International students

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On successful completion of the Master of Youth Mental Health, students will have developed the following areas of knowledge:

  • Major contemporary theories of youth development and mental health
  • The range of best-practice psychosocial and biological interventions for non-psychotic forms of mental ill-health in young people
  • Key features of the various non-psychotic forms of mental ill-health experienced by young people

In addition, students will be able to build on their existing skills in the following areas:

  • Engaging and assessing young people experiencing mental ill-health
  • Identifying and assessing the early signs of serious mental illnesses in young people
  • Applying critically reflective, evidence-based approaches to youth mental health practice 

Course Description

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 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. The program covers 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 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.

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