Mental Health and Wellness

Subject Overview

A state of wellbeing is defined as every individual having the opportunity to realise their own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully and make a contribution to their community. 
Rapidly evolving evidence and the emergence of new research technologies are forcing revision of historical truths,  beliefs, traditions and approaches to mental health and wellness.  

This subject explores recent developments in our understanding of mental health and wellbeing, including severe challenges to mental health and the associated impact on the lives of people having these experiences and their families and communities.

 

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically discuss and analyse attitudes and responses to mental health and severe challenges to mental health

  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation such as state Mental Health Acts, Australian Human Rights Commission Act and the Disability Discrimination Act.

  • Synthesise and articulate approaches to mental health and wellness, including positive perspectives, strengths-based approach, facilitation of recovery, resilience and citizenship

  • Demonstrate skill in the selection and application of a range of interventions and techniques concerned with people’s values, needs, goals and wellness.

 

Subject Structure

This subject runs for five weeks, with the following structure:

Week 1: Pre-reading of prescribed texts
Week 2:  Five lecture days on campus (9am – 5pm)
Weeks 3 – 5: Submission of assessments online

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ABOUT NAN TIEN INSTITUTE

Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.