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Do you want to help people suffering with a mental health disorder? Are you passionate about psychology and want to learn more about human behaviour? Are you interested in understanding the effects illicit and prescribed drugs can have on an individual and a society? Do you want to learn more about mental health disorders and how to identify them? Then this course is for you.

Mental health disorders will affect nearly half of the Australian population in their lifetime, with 1 in 5 Australians experiencing a common mental health disorder in the last 12 months. This foundation introductory course aims to help you understand the signs, symptoms and possible treatments of adult mental health problems. You will also learn about social psychology and human behaviour, and the differences between common psychological disorders, including identifying their symptoms and possible ways to treat them.

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Do you have a passion for working and caring for children and adolescents? Would you like to understand the thoughts and behaviours of children so you can be a greater help to them? Do you want to be able to identify common mental health disorders seen in children and adolescents and know ways you can help treat them? Then this course is for you.

This foundation introductory course is designed with the aim to help you understand childhood depression, anxiety and eating problems, and other common mental health disorders. You will discover how infants and children develop (socially, cognitively, sexually, morally), how they acquire language, and different types of learning. In addition, you will also learn about developmental disorders including pervasive developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (which now includes Asperger’s syndrome), as well as Rett’s disorder and childhood disintegrative disorder and the implications they can have later in life.

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In 2015, Health Care and Social Assistance was the largest employing sector in Australia, representing 1,523,000 workers and accounting for 27% of total new jobs over a five year period. Employment growth is projected to remain strong, with the sector forecast to grow by 16.4% (or an estimated 250,200 more workers) to November 2020.

The community services system includes the entire disability system, child protection and family services, youth justice, public housing, homelessness, sexual assault and family violence. Social workers and community workers are the largest professional group within most of these fields.

A community worker is a person who has the knowledge, skills and values to work with individuals, families, social groups or communities in order to promote or restore social functioning. Community workers advocate for the rights of individuals and communities and work to address systemic barriers that prevent the social and economic inclusion of all citizens. This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to obtain employment and make a difference in people’s lives.