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E-Learning: Short Course in Mental Health

26 CPD Points Only R 1 997.37 (incl VAT) Scholarships Available

FPD is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a Private Higher Education Institution (PHEI) in terms of Section 54(1)(c) of the Act and Regulation 16(4)(a).


"Mental illness is a major cause of morbidity as well as some mortality, particularly amongst citizens at risk in South Africa. Generally, mental health promotion and the provision of services (for mental illness) have been neglected in the past. Common manifestations are interpersonal violence, gender and age specific forms of violence, trauma, neurosis of living under continual stress, post traumatic stress reactions and disorders, substance abuse, suicide and adjustment related reactions and disturbances in children and the elderly". (White Paper for Transformation of the Health System in South Africa, 1997:p135)

Course Content

The following modules will be covered:

  • The doctor-patient relationship.
  • The psychiatric interview, history-taking and mental status evaluation.
  • Testing in psychiatry -
    • Laboratory testing (e.g. blood tests).
    • Psychometric testing (no prior qualification required).
    • Specialized diagnostic procedures (e.g. EEG, SPECT scan).
  • Typical signs and symptoms.
  • Classification of mental illness as dictated by the DSM
  • IV, with emphasis on mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders, organic mental disturbances and somatic disorders.
  • Current therapies with emphasis on the pharmaceutical approach.
  • Enlisting support systems.
  • Referrals.
  • Specific psychiatric conditions - geriatric, children, HIV+, sleep disturbances.
  • Grief and the dying patient.
  • Substance abuse and dependency.
  • Psychiatric emergencies - trauma and suicidal tendency.
  • Legal aspects and the Mental Health Act.
  • Patient confidentiality.
  • Mental health promoting skills.

Course Design

This is an online course. Participants have 3 months to complete the assessment process from date of registration.

Who Should Enroll

All healthcare practitioners


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


Your CPD certificate will be generated to your online CPD Manager, upon completion

Course Fee

R 1 997.37 This amount is inclusive of all vat and taxes where applicable


For more information contact:


Tel: 012 816 9099/9045
Fax:086 558 9535
Email:  ilanavdm@foundation.co.za
Address: P.O. Box 75324,
Lynnwood Ridge,
Website: www.foundation.co.za

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