Mental Health and Wellness

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Semester 2 2017

25-29 Spetember 2017

25 September NTI Wollongong Campus

Evolving diversity and changes within societies mean that attitudes towards mental illness and care for people living with mental and emotional disorders and disabilities vary greatly. The development of a wider range of pharmacological, psychological and psychosocial treatments have enabled many people to live productively in the community. However, the prevalence of mental disorders is increasing globally, with a number of implicated factors. This subject explores the development of integrated mental health care and the impact of the change on the lives of people living with mental illness and on their communities. 

The subject will cover:

  • Etiology and prevalence of major mental disorders
  • Diagnosis approaches: advantages, problems, and controversies
  • Known triggers for mental health problems
  • Brain function and plasticity
  • Interventions and support
  • Buddhist perspectives and interventions stemming from Buddhist traditions
  • Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar)
  • Anxiety and Panic
  • Stereotypes and stigma
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Impact on carers and the broader community
  • Community capacity building
  • Positive Psychology under the microscope
  • Resilience, attachment, social support, belonging, and empowerment
  • Environmental, societal, and cultural factors

Who is it for?

‘Health and Social Wellbeing’ courses are relevant to people working in a diverse range of fields. For example:

  • Counselling
  • Therapy/Mind-Body Therapies
  • Mental Health
  • Aged Care
  • Psychology/Psychiatry/Social Work
  • Health Services/Health Promotion
  • Chronic illness/Pain Management
  • Education
  • Welfare Organisations, Aid, Community Centres
  • Community Development
  • Youth
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability Sector
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise Science
  • Sport
  • Business Management/HR, Mentoring, Coaching, Organisational Development
  • Life coaching 



Preliminary reading

1 week –10 – 1November 2014

Lectures and workshops (5 day intensive on-campus)

17 – 21 November 2014 (9:00am - 5:00pm daily)



Attendance and class participation


Reflective Journals – a minimum of 4 journals (300-500 words each)


Report on a community-based mental health project (1,000 words)


Research Project (3,000 words)



‘Mental Health and Disability ‘ is an elective subject in Nan Tien Institute’s postgraduate Health and Social Wellbeing program.

This 6 credit point subject can be an elective in:

Master of Arts (Health and Social Wellbeing)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Health and Social Wellbeing

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing

24 credit points

Total cost:

Australian students


International students


Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites to study this subject as a non-award student.

There are academic and/or program and work experience prerequisites for studying this subject as part of the NTI Health and Social Wellbeing program. Contact NTI for details on entry requirements.