WELF 5108


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

First Semester
(Study Period 3)
Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Justice & Society

Course aim

To enable students to build and critically explore specialist professional knowledge of mental health in social work and apply models of intervention in practice.

Course content

The students will deepen their knowledge of the diverse lived experiences of individuals with mental health problems and the implications for practice, the historical constructions of mental illness, theories of mental health and illness from social work and other helping professions, and the legal, ethical, social and policy contexts of mental health and illness. The course explicitly focuses on populations at high risk of mental health problems including Indigenous people, young people, women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The course also examines how gender, culture and socio-economic disadvantage play out in experiences of mental health and illness. Students will develop practice skills in using models of mental health intervention (including recovery models), culturally diverse approaches to mental health intervention (including working with Indigenous people and communities) and mental health assessment in social work (involving studio-based practice).


Bland, R, Renouf, N & Tullgren, A 2015, Social work practice in mental health: an introduction , 2nd Edition, Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW


Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
WELF 5105 Social Work Practicum 1



Teaching method

Component Duration
Workshop 8 hours x 3 days
Studio 2 hours x 5 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Case study, Learning log/Journal


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 4S)
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