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Short course in the Clinical Management of Mental Health

4 Ethics & 26 Clinical Points Only Scholarship Access


Neuropsychiatric conditions account for 13% of the total Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) lost due to all diseases and injuries in the world and are estimated to increase to 15% by the year 2020. Five of the ten leading causes of disability and premature death worldwide are psychiatric conditions.

Mental disorders represent not only an immense psychological, social and economic burden to society, but also increase the risk of physical illnesses.

It is estimated that approximately one third of South Africans suffer from some form of mental disorder, according to a SASH (SA Stress and Health) study conducted in 2003/4 and ratified in 2014 by professors Dan Stein and Soraya Seedat in the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch respectively. More than 17-million people in South Africa are dealing with depression, substance abuse, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

In recent years South Africa has taken some important steps forward in strengthening its mental health systems. Mental health legislation has been reformed and there is some level of policy commitment to mental health. However, South Africa remains to have ongoing challenges, largely related to implementation. Some of the major challenges identified include:

  • the lack of officially endorsed mental health policy
  • the continued low priority of mental health
  • limited intersectoral policy integration
  • stigma and discrimination
  • inadequate integration of mental with primary health care
  • and ‘de-hospitalisation’ rather than ‘de-institutionalization.

Course Content

The following modules are covered in this short course:

  • The psychiatric interview
  • Symptoms and signs of psychiatric illness
  • Classification in psychiatry
  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Neuropsychiatric aspects of HIV
  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Depressive and bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive and related disorders and trauma and stressor related disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Somatic symptom and related disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disruptive, impulsive control and conduct disorders
  • Substance related and addictive disorders
  • Feeding and eating disorders
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Depressive, bipolar and attention-deficit/hyperactive disorders in children
  • Psychiatric emergencies
  • Suicide
  • Prescribing psychiatric medications
  • The Mental Health Care ACT
  • Ethics in Mental Health.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and Adolescent and Child Psychiatry

Course Design

This is a blended learning course consisting of both an online component as well as a practical component.

Who Should Enroll

All healthcare practitioners.


Accredited according to HCPSA's Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 26 Clinical and 4 Ethical CEU's on Level 2.


In order to qualify for certification you will be required to:

  • Work through all content, video presentations, resources and activities
  • Successfully complete the online assessment component through means of multiple-choice questionnaires (Overall pass rate of 70% is required)
  • Attend the 3-day interactive and problem based practical session

Course Fee

This course is only accessible through scholarships.


For more information contact:

Madelene Engelbrecht

Tel: 012 816 9000
Fax: 086 558 9535
Email: madelenee@foundation.co.za

Address: P.O. Box 75324,
Lynnwood Ridge,

Website: www.foundation.co.za

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