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

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

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

The MIC takes on average around 22 hours to complete, with each module taking around 2.5 hours. 

Modules include: 

  • Preparing to meet the child, adolescent or young person: Principles of developmental psychopathology and using intake information to start making sense of the difficulties 

  • Engaging children, adolescents, young people and parents 

  • Conducting a family interview 

  • Conducting a child/adolescent/young person interview 

  • Assessing risk 

  • Conducting a parent interview 

  • Diagnosis and formulation 

  • Providing feedback 

ENROLMENT AND COMPLETION:The course is self-paced and is available for a minimum of 3 months (and up to 6 months) after registering. Participants are encouraged to complete the course over 12 weeks. If participants are asked to complete the MIC as part of their normal work role, we encourage them to discuss with their manager or other appropriate person the practicalities of completion (eg time release for professional development, access to a reasonably undisturbed space to complete the course).  

Applicants for the Developmental Psychiatry Course (DPC) will be expected to have completed this course prior to the first session of the DPC unless they completed its predecessor (the 2.5 day face-to-face Child & Youth Mental Health: Introduction to Assessment) between 2018 and 2020. 

Note: Payment via credit / debit card is required. Organisations wishing to be invoiced for employee enrolments should email [email protected] 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 Online Store link provided above. 

  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. 

  5. It can be completed as a standalone or as the prerequisite for our Developmental Psychiatry Course but completion of this course doesn't mean that you are eligible for Developmental Psychiatry Course (DPC) 

  6. NO refund will be available for this course 

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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 October 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.