Psychosocial | Research Centre

The Psychosocial Research Centre (PRC) undertakes research, training, service development and policy reform, aimed at improving outcomes for adults recovering from mental illness through psychological and social treatments and approaches.

The PRC is a collaboration of the University of Melbourne and North Western Mental Health. The Centre also works with a broad range of community organisations to foster research and service partnerships in three priority areas:

  1. Enhancing recovery from mental illness through social and economic participation.
  2. Bridging current evidence and practice gaps in the delivery of psychosocial interventions.
  3. Building new evidence for psychosocial approaches which enhance recovery from mental illness.

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Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD)

MHPOD is a learning resource developed for people working in mental health.

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Professional Certificate in Mental Health Practice

The University of Melbourne is offering a Professional Certificate in Mental Health Practice. This course is designed for health professionals currently working in the field of mental health or those working in organisations where mental health issues are prevalent. This may include those with backgrounds in nursing, social work, occupational therapy and other allied health fields, psychology and psychiatry, as well as general practitioners and those working in the non-government services provided for people with mental health problems, emergency services and other organisations.

Students will complete 13 two-week blocks consisting of MHPOD topics and online learning modules with online discussion within a multi-disciplinary peer group. Students will also develop a Professional Development Portfolio and complete four assessments. Throughout enrolment, it is highly recommended that students continue working in a context in which they can put the learning from the course into practice

Participation is entirely online, with flexible, part-time hours. The next course will commence in February 2017 and take one year to complete, including scheduled breaks between the thirteen evidence-based units. Places in the course are limited.

For enquiries and expression of interest, please email