Project #36833 - Mental Health

Assignment 1 for CHCMH501A and CHCMH409A

About this assignment

This assignment contributes to the completion of the following units.  They are assessed together:

·       CHCMH501A – Provide advanced supports to facilitate recovery

·       CHCMH409A – Facilitate consumer, family and carer participation in the recovery process

What you have to do

In Assignment 1, you are required to complete Tasks 1, 2 and 3.

·       In Task 1, you need to answer all four (4) questions.

·       In Task 2, you need to read the scenario and answer all four (4) questions.

·       In Task 3, you need to read the scenario and answer all nine (9) questions.

How you will be assessed

CHCMH501A is a graded unit.  Each task/question/section is awarded marks as specified.  The marks contribute to overall grade for the unit depending on the weighting of each assessment task.

CHCMH409A is competency based.  In order to be deemed competent in the unit you must satisfy all elements specific to the unit, the essential knowledge and the critical aspects of assessment in a range of situations.  Each assignment has been developed to cover these criteria and your OTEN teacher will review all assignments and approve your overall result to deem you competent in each unit.

All components of the assignment need to be submitted and a mark of at least 50% to achieve a pass result for this assignment.

Please reference your work. Referencing guides are available on the OLS under Assessment Guidelines

Task 1

The client-centred approach, also called the person-centred approach, focuses on the client as the expert in their own life and thus able to make the best decisions for them. This is called a non-directive approach, in which the counsellor or support worker does not direct or dictate what the client should be doing but rather allows the client to form their own opinions, ideas, strategies and actions to deal with their own problems and issues.


1.     List some of the reasons for client participation?  10 marks

2.     What is in a recovery plan?  5 marks

3.     How you could use a client-centred approach when working with clients in each of the areas listed below:  10 marks

-        communication

-        problem solving

-        developing resilience

-        controlling personal finances

-        leisure and social activities.

Task 2


You have worked with Wilma for several months and developed a good working relationship.  She has confides in you and does not want you to tell anyone else that:

·       The medication prescribed by her psychiatrist has quietened her ‘friendly voices’ and she has discovered that she has now learned to manage the voices without using the medication.

·       Her parents are fearful that she will relapse if she does not take her medication.  Their fears are starting to annoy her since she believes that she is the best judge of what is good for her.

·       Her friends have noticed that she is putting on weight and she does not see herself as attractive as she once did.


1.     Auditory hallucinations might be a symptom of a range of mental health illnesses.  Suggest three (3) mental health diagnoses which could be applied to Wilma.  5 marks

2.     What may have influenced Wilma’s decision to stop using her medication?  5 marks

3.     What feedback could you give Wilma regarding ceasing her medication?  5 marks

4.     What would you tell her parents if they called you to discuss their concerns about Wilma?  5 marks

Task 3


You are a support worker at a mental health service for young people. You have a consumer, Joseph, whom you have known for several months since he moved into the local area.

Recently, his behaviour has changed.  He used to be very outgoing but lately he just sits in the corner not talking and looking miserable.  He appears to have lost quite a bit of weight and is only attending occasionally.  When you speak to him, he mentions that he has been on medication for depression previously.  You let him know that he can talk to you at any time.


1.     Discuss the advantages of a collaborative approach when working with clients like Joseph and his family/carers?  10 marks

2.     Discuss the benefits of developing and maintaining a network of services that could be utilised for Joseph.  5 marks


Scenario continued

Joseph lives with his mother and older brother, Peter, with whom he is close. His biological father left when he was 4 years old, leaving his mother and Peter to raise the family.  Joseph’s mother works long hours and is often not home, while Peter spends a lot of time completing his studies at University. Joseph reports that his mother and brother are concerned about him, but that he rarely ‘bothers them’ with his ‘problems’.


3.     Why do we seek the approval of the client prior to engaging with their carers and stakeholders?  5 marks

4.     Discuss the need to assess carer knowledge and skill prior to engaging their involvement in the client’s support requirements.  10 marks

5.     What local carer-support groups can you identify in your area?  5 marks

6.     How can you work with carers to support and manage realistic expectations of the client’s recovery?  5 marks

Scenario continued

With Joseph’s permission, you have developed a Management and Recovery Plan in consultation with Joseph’s brother and his mother.  You are surprised to learn that his brother and mother have a poor understanding of Joseph’s illness, and mental illness in general.  They are surprised to learn that Joseph is even on medication as he keeps most of his feelings ‘bottled-up’.


7.     What are the benefits of family conferences?  5 marks

8.     How would you determine the effectiveness of carer-participation in the client recovery process and the attainment of personal recovery goals?  How would you record this in Joseph’s Management and Recovery Plan?  5 marks


9.     How would you assist Joseph to identify how his behaviour may be impacting upon his family?  5 marks

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Due By (Pacific Time) 08/08/2014 12:00 am
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