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University of Queensland

Able-Minded - Mental Health and People with Intellectual Disability

University of Queensland via edX


This health course will focus on the mental health issues of people with intellectual disability.

You will learn about the complexities of diagnosing mental health issues in people with intellectual disabilities and the types of disorders, assessments, screenings, and treatments used. There will also be a special focus on the legal and ethical complexities in health practice with patients who often require substituted consent.

This course is open to anyone, but will be of particular relevance to those in the field of advanced medical, allied health, and disability. It can also be used as workforce education for professionals who are interested in mental health.


Mental health and disorders
1.0 Mental health disorders
1.1 Psychosis
1.2 Anxiety disorders
1.3 Depression
1.4 Bipolar disorder

2.0 Case study

Assessment and screening
3.0 Screening and assessing mental health
3.1 Seeking help
3.2 Understanding assessment - children
3.3 Screening and assessment of mental illness in people with intellectual disability

4.0 Case study

Challenged or challenging?
5.0 Assessment and management of challenging behaviour
5.1 Identifying challenging behaviour
5.2 Emotion
5.3 Behaviour and children
5.4 Distress

6.0 Case study

What management and when?
7.0 Treatment of mental health issues
7.1 Treatment guidelines
7.2 Teamwork
7.3 H.E.L.P.
7.4 Management
7.5 Psychotropic medications 8.0 Mental health and well-being

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Collaborative well-being
8.3 Across sectors
8.4 Transitions

Patient rights and ethical dilemmas
9.0 Patient rights
9.1 Value
9.2 Equity
9.3 Meaning
9.4 End of Life 10.0 Case study - an ethical dilemma

11.0 Mental wellness

12.0 Evaluation

Taught by

Nicholas Lennox and Miriam Taylor


4.5 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a health professional working in Mental Health - I found this course to be a good overview of the important aspects to consider when interacting and engaging with those who have an intellectual disability. It not only provided very easy to consume knowledge, but had practical insights and even some very interesting discussions which expanded my usual view of the world and as humans, our expectations of "performance"and "functionality". Given this is an aspect I feel our training has not touched on much, it was useful for my own personal practice and will influence at the very least, how I consider and work-up my patients in the future. Only negative is, most of the course links led to broken websites.
  • Enemona Daniel Prime completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    this studies gave authentic analysis of the children with intellectual disabilities,mental,social,academics and behavoural ways of management inspite of their difficulties

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