This program covers theoretical knowledge and practical skills relevant to recovery-oriented practice in the mental health field. The program introduces candidates to epidemiology of mental health problems and a population health approach to the delivery of mental health care. It provides candidates with the opportunity to explore and develop recovery-oriented practices, and to analyse those factors which influence care and recovery within a mental health environment. Participant numbers are included in the Core and Elective Units section .
The program of study allows for the development of further specialised knowledge and skills as the student progresses through each level. For example, a student may elect to develop mental health counselling skills by undertaking introductory level units at Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma level, moving on to more advanced or specialised level units, then, particularly at Master level, undertaking units of study where he/she is required to analyse, critique, review or debate specific aspects of counselling. Where units of study require the development of practical skills (e.g. counselling and family therapy), students meet regularly for supervised practice and review of clinical work. This is provided by the NSWIOP Education Faculty.