Students undertaking the Child and Adolescent Mental Health programs of study will develop skills in assessment, treatment planning and intervention in their chosen field of mental health within a multidisciplinary context. These fundamental skills are consistent with the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (2002) which highlight the importance of consumer and carer participation, awareness of diversity, promotion and prevention and early detection and intervention. The NSWIOP also highlights throughout all its training programs, evidence-based assessment and treatment planning and intervention, based on sound ethical practice and professional responsibilities.
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.
The Institute currently provides accredited Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters levels programs.