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The Mindful Introductory Course (MIC - previously known as the Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Assessment or ICAMHA)

The MIC is an 18-hour online on-demand introduction to core principles of assessment, formulation, diagnosis and feedback in child, adolescent and youth mental. It integrates the latest evidence on teaching and learning, and the expertise of experienced child and adolescent mental health workers, to create an engaging and interactive course that teaches both theory and skills. It can be completed at any time. It can be completed as a standalone or as the prerequisite for our Developmental Psychiatry Course.

This fully online, self-paced course (previously the ICAMHA) is designed specifically for professionals working in clinical settings and related areas who want to understand more about the process of child and youth mental health assessment. It involves teaching and practical exercises for participants to develop basic skills in clinical assessment. It is a prerequisite for the Developmental Psychiatry Course (DPC) which runs throughout the year.

The course is suitable for a range of professionals who work with children and adolescents. These may include social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychiatric nurses and psychologists, as well as those working in education, child and famliy services and general medicine.

This online course consists of teaching and practical exercises, focusing on fundamental of assessment with children, adolescents, parents and families including:

  • child assessment
  • adolescent assessment
  • parent interview
  • family assesment
  • multidiscipllinary assessment
  • risk assessment
  • carer perspective
  • formulatoin, diagnosis and feedback

DATES:  The course is self-paced and will be available for a minimum of 3 months (and up to 6 months) after registering. Applicants for the Developmental Psychiatry Course (DPC) will be expected to have completed this course - or it's predecessor (the 2.5 day face-to-face Child & Youth Mental Health: Introduction to Assessment) prior to acceptance of a place in the DPC.

Note: Payment via credit / debit card is required. Organisations wishing to be invoiced for employee enrolments should email [email protected] in order to arrange this.


Registration in the MIC (previously ICAMHA) course is a staged process which is not fully automated. The enrolment steps are as follows:

  1. Register and pay for the course via the eCart link provided below.
  2. Following notification of your registration, your name and email address will be added to the learning management site (where the course is hosted) within 2-3 working days. Please ensure your email address is correct, and one that you will be able to access easily (e.g. you may wish to use a private address rather than a work one for out0of-ours access).
  3. You will receive an automated message from the learning management system (LMS or CANVAS) which will include your username and a link to log in and set your own password.
    * The email notification will be addressed from the Unimelb Canvas External User Tool with the subject "Community Enrolment".
    * These emails frequently go to Junk or Trash mail folders so please be sure to check these as well as your In box.
    * After setting your password you will be invited to go to the LMS site to log in. There are two possible login paths (or buttons) on the login page - "Staff and Students" and "Other Users". Please select the Other Users option. We recommend bookmarking the LMS login page for future use.
    * As soon as you are logged in, the course will be available to you. We encourage you to commence the training from the beginning, including Orientation, as there is important information provided regarding access to some of the video material.
  4. If you do not receive the email from Unimelb Canvas External User Tool within 2-3 working days please feel free to contact us at [email protected] and we will investigate the status of your enrolment.

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The information you provide at registration will be used by authorised staff only for the purposes for which it was collected - enrolment and course administration. Basic contact information will be retained for student alumni management and to inform members of our industry of future training opportunities which may be of interest. All information will be protected against unauthorised access and use. You may access any personal information you have provided to the University, through Mindful, or request removal from our contact list after completion of your course, by contacting us at the [email protected] or telephone +61 3 8344 2000. The University of Melbourne is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic). All information collected by the University is governed by the University’s Privacy Policy. For further information about how the University deals with personal information, please refer to the University’s Privacy Policy or contact the University’s Privacy Officer at [email protected]

All information correct at 01/01/2022. Mindful reserves the right to make changes to the training calendar or any general or specific information published in this calendar. Mindful reserves the right to cancel courses that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case, course fees will be refunded.