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Clinical Management of Mental Health Short Course - Contact Tuition

Interests: Management / Mental Health / Clinical Management


Mental Health is one of the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide. World Health Organisation statistics estimates that more than 450 million people are suffering from mental health disorders. In South Africa mental Health Care Services have been neglected and are under-resourced, there is a lack of technical capacity and possible a lack of concern, according to key fi-ndings of the Human Rights Commission Report on the state of mental health care (2019) This report followed the damning ¬findings of the Life Esidimeni tragedy where more than 144 people died in the process of de-institutionalisation.

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Many barriers to providing mental health services were highlighted. The lack of knowledgeable and skilled human resources to provide efficient and empathetic stigma-free services especially in under-resourced rural areas was highlighted in this report. Furthermore, the lack of enough budgetary provision for primary care mental health services, relevant stakeholder forums, continued discrimination against people living with psycho-social problems and poor knowledge of the Mental Health Care Act (17 of 2002), were criticised, amongst others, in the report.

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Who Should Enrol

All healthcare practitioners, doctors, nurses, supplemental health practitioners dealing with mental health issues.

Course Structure

Contact Tuition (2 days) combined with a comprehensive self-study guide developed by experts in the field.

Course Content

The foundation for improved services in mental health care is knowledge and application of the Mental Health Care Act. Therefore, this underpins the content of the learning and interactive training material. Apart from that, the following aspects of mental health care are included in the curriculum:

  • The psychiatric interview, history taking and the mini mental state examination
  • Anxiety, depression and self-harm
  • Adolescent and child psychiatric disorders
  • Substance abuse and dependency
  • The psychiatric emergency and psychotic disorders
  • Current therapies and the pharmaceutical approach
  • Psychiatric disorders in other presentations, i.e. HIV, TB, Non-communicable diseases etc.
  • Laboratory investigations and interpretations
  • All associated regulations, required forms and referrals


Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course through MCQs.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Health Care Professionals for 27 Clinical & 3 Ethical CEU’s on Level 2.


To qualify for a certificate of completion for this short course, participants should fully attend the workshop and successfully complete the Assessment process.


R 4 200.00 including vat

Limited spaces are available. To avoid disappointment, please book early.

Date Venue
19 - 20 June 2021 Pretoria
20 - 21 August 2021 Durban
23 - 24 October 2021 Cape Town