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 different types of mental ill-health in young people
- Recent, evidence-based advances in the prevention and early intervention of mental ill-health in young people
- Key features of the various types of mental ill-health experienced by young people
- Organisational and management approaches that optimise youth mental health service delivery across a range of settings
- The principles and conduct of practice-based research
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
- Preparing treatment plans applicable to the different stages of mental illness that are sensitive to the developmental tasks facing young clients of mental health services
- Matching optimal approaches to the treatment of young people to impatient, community-based and home-based contexts
- Applying critically reflective, evidence-based approaches to youth mental health practices
- Interpreting, designing and implementing practice-based research methods
The Master of 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 strengthen the capacity of the youth mental health workforce both nationally and internationally. The course is designed for health-care professionals working in a range of clinical and community contexts, and draws on contributions by world-leading experts in the field to provide students with the latest theory, research and evidence-based approaches in this specialised area of mental health. In the final year of the program, students will also have the opportunity to complete a substantial capstone experience and independent research project.
The course is delivered wholly online and is offered as a nested program, allowing students to exit with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma after 1 and 2 years of part-time study, respectively. Upon completing the Graduate Diploma, students who meet the minimum academic requirements (i.e., an average of 70% across the course) can progress to the Master of Youth Mental Health.