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We want you to experience unrestricted access to the largest repository of mental health CPD programs available anywhere in the country. When you join for just $39/month (or $349/year), you'll get access to over 80 videos presented by leading national and international experts.

You'll also have access to over 110 professionally-developed courses exploring a range of mental health subjects, including the following Focused Psychology Strategies (FPS) topics: applications of cognitive-behavioural therapy, relaxation strategies, anger management, social skills training, stress management, parent management training, interpersonal therapy, psychoeducation, plus much more.

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10-hour Psychological First Aid course ($595.00 value), covering the following topics:

  1. What PFA is
  2. The role of PFA in disasters
  3. Delivering PFA services
  4. Entering a disaster setting
  5. Self-assessment
  6. Self-care for helpers
  7. Handouts for survivors

Over 110 specialist, text-based CPD courses

Over 100 hours of video learning on-demand

New programs released every month

Huge range of topics and modalities

CPD endorsed by leading associations

Videos presented by international experts

Online, 24/7 access

Over 100 hours
of Video Workshops

Learning 24/7

Endorsed CPD


Over 110
Specialist Courses

Dear Mental Health Professional,

Finding relevant professional development can be challenging. Firstly there is the geographical challenge - not all activities are delivered near your location. Secondly there is the timing challenge - activities do not always cover the topic of your interest at the time you have available. Thirdly there is the financial obstacle - physical CPD activities can be costly once you sum up registration fees and logistics required to attend.

These challenges can be a significant impediment to how much professional development you can access each year – and create a great deal of stress if you are required to attain a minimum number of CPD hours per year to maintain your membership or board registration.


What if you could access over 300 hours of CPD, including numerous programs covering Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS) topic areas, from the comfort of your workplace or home, and at your convenience? With Mental Health Academy, now you can.

And during a limited time only we’re offering you a special welcome gift when you join Mental Health Academy. You’ll receive access to the Psychological First Aid course, valued at $595.00 – absolutely free. This is the most valuable CPD investment you’ll ever make. But before we get to that, let’s review what you’ll receive with your membership.

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Access to over 110 specialist courses developed by highly qualified mental health educators

When you join Mental Health Academy, you'll have immediate access to all our courses. There are currently over 110 courses to choose from, exploring a diverse range of mental health subjects, including the following Focused Psychology Strategies (FPS) topics:

Applications of cognitive-behavioural therapy

Relaxation strategies

Anger management

Social skills training

Stress management

Parent management training

Interpersonal therapy


Plus much more.

Some of the most recent and upcoming courses include:

  • Case Studies in Loss and Grief in Chronic and Terminal Illness
  • Case Studies in Suicide
  • Case Studies in Trauma
  • Counselling and the Brain: An Overview
  • Counselling Clients with Disabilities: Introduction to the Issues
  • Counselling Clients with Intellectual Disability: A Look at What Works
  • Counselling the Gender-diverse Client
  • E-therapy: Ethical Considerations
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Online Counselling: Case Studies
  • Ethical Use of Social Media in Counselling
  • Loss and Grief with Chronic and Terminal Illness
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: An Overview
  • The Basics of Interpersonal Therapy
  • Treating Anxiety with Motivational Interviewing
  • Treating Depression in Older Adults
  • Treating Depression with Motivational Interviewing
  • Treating Postnatal Depression with Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Understanding Obsessives
  • Using CBT with Depression
  • Using CBT with Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Using CBT with Panic Disorder
  • Using CBT with Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Working with Trauma

Over 100 hours of video learning
on-demand, presented by leading industry experts

MHA videos are recorded directly from conferences and workshops, then edited for viewing online. This means you can learn first-hand from leading experts, without having to travel interstate or paying hundreds of dollars in registration fees.

And to bring you some of the best quality content available anywhere in the world, MHA is partnered with Alexander Street Press, one of the world’s leading publishers of academic and educational videos for mental health professionals.

With unlimited replay and easy access to supporting resources, you can watch videos by some of the world’s leading mental health authorities such as Dr Allen Ivey, Dr Mary Bradford Ivey, Dr Samuel Gladding, Dr Jennifer Baggerly, and many others.

In these videos, you’ll watch professionals showcasing evidence-based strategies, new techniques and groundbreaking research to improve mental health outcomes. Many videos include role-plays and “live” demonstrations of skills – as well as various downloadable resources.

Some of the most recent and upcoming videos include:

  • A Gay Affirmative and Multicultural Approach to Therapy
  • A Review of the Factors that Promote Therapeutic Success
  • Adolescent Depression: A Biopsychosocial Approach
  • Adolescent’s Capacity to Be Mindful, Not Mind Full
  • Beyond the Binary: Therapeutic Conversations with Queer Youth
  • CBT Myths and Considerations for Beginners
  • Creating Sustaining Counselling Conversations in the Face of Grief
  • Curiosity for Possibility: not just a State of Mind, but also a State of Brain
  • Depression Treatment for Older Adults
  • Five Clinical Interventions to Address Traumatic Stress
  • Gastrointestinal Tract, Nutraceuticals and Resistant Major Depressive Illness
  • How to Survive the Corporate Psychopath
  • How to Use Tapping (Psychological Acupuncture) in Schools
  • How SBIRT Interacts with the Process of Change
  • Psychiatric Diagnosis: Answers, Educated Guesses or Good Questions?
  • Psychopathic Personality Characteristics Among Business Professionals
  • Record Keeping for Mental Health Practitioners
  • Solution-Focused Narrative Therapy with an Adolescent
  • Systemic Sex Therapy with a Heterosexual Couple
  • The Importance of Early Intervention for Childhood Trauma
  • Translating Neuroscience into Clinical Practice
  • Using Motivational Interviewing While Working with Ethnic Issues
  • Using Motivational Interviewing with Alcohol Dependence and Depression
  • Your Supervision Question

Exclusive Limited Time Offer

Receive a bonus course valued at $595.00

During a limited time only, we're offering you a big incentive to join. When you register your membership, you’ll get complimentary access to Mental Health Academy’s exclusive 10-hour Psychological First Aid program.

Psychological First Aid

The Psychological First Aid course is a comprehensive 10-hour program developed by Mental Health Academy in partnership with counsellor and psychology educators. The program’s content is referenced from dozens of international, peer-reviewed publications in the areas of disaster relief, social support and critical incident counselling, and framed around the internationally accepted principals of the NCTSN Field Operations Guide.

The Psychological First Aid course will equip you to successfully enter a disaster relief setting or situation of narrower-scale adversity, and offer Psychological First Aid, promoting safety, calmness, empowerment, connectedness, and hope to survivors. It assumes that you know the basics of sitting with someone in distress – that is, the counselling microskills – although many experienced disaster volunteers are not trained mental health professionals, and indeed, those who are will see that the skill set required to successfully offer Psychological First Aid is quite different from that needed in “regular” practice.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  1. Define Psychological First Aid, and explain what it aims to do
  2. Delineate its role within the broader scheme of disaster services
  3. Identify the parameters of effective Psychological First Aid: the who, what, when, where, how, and why of service delivery
  4. Know what actions to take to carry out the core principles of Psychological First Aid: those which promote safety, calmness, empowerment, connectedness, and hope
  5. Identify the factors that will facilitate successful entry into the disaster setting
  6. Assess whether you are ready to deliver Psychological First Aid
  7. Tend to your needs for self-care
  8. Provide survivors with appropriate “fact sheet” handouts and other information to help them cope.

The most convenient way to undertake your mandatory
continuing professional development

If you're a mental health professional, MHA courses provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in a diverse range of disciplines whilst accruing CPD hours to maintain membership with your professional association or fulfil your professional development requirements set by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Counsellors can receive DOUBLE OPD points when completing any programs (all programs are OPD-approved by the Australian Counselling Association).

Registered Psychologists can submit Mental Health Academy programs as part of their recommended annual 'active CPD' activities.

Social Workers can accrue CPD hours from over 180 AASW Endorsed CPD programs. The current endorsement is valid until 30 June 2017.

Mental Health Professionals registered with Medicare as eligible providers of Better Access Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS) services can undertake numerous MHA programs to attain their annual mandatory FPS-related CPD.

Upon completion of any Mental Health Academy program, you receive a presentation quality certificate of completion containing details about the program. This can be used as proof of completion to obtain CPD/OPD points or hours.

How to join

Joining is easy. Simply enter your email address below and select your preferred Premium membership type (or payment method - monthly or annual). Then enter your payment details and click the 'Register Now' button. You'll get immediate unlimited, unrestricted access to all courses and videos. If you’re already a member or have a lapsed membership, don’t worry. We will seamlessly reactivate or upgrade your existing profile so you can keep ALL your existing membership records – including your course completion history. And we’ll email you a confirmation with your login details.

Please note: All monthly memberships incur a minimum 12-month term. By choosing to pay your membership upfront (annual option), you will save $119.00 over your 12-month membership period.

Privacy and security

Mental Health Academy (MHA) is a professional CPD company delivering the highest quality training.

Mental Health Academy will never sell, hire or distribute any information to third parties which are not involved in the system unless there is an affirmative consent from the user. Your details are entirely secure and will only be used to grant you access to your account.

For more information, please read our website's 'Privacy Policy'.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How are courses and videos delivered?

For your convenience, Mental Health Academy courses are delivered online. Each course is hosted on the website (thus, there is nothing to download) and includes readings, assessment questions, tables and diagrams, audios, videos and other supporting materials (depending on the course).

Similarly to courses, Mental Health Academy video workshops are delivered online, using webstreaming technology. Webstreaming is the same technology utilised in websites such as You Tube. Videos also include downloadable resources that support your learning, such as PowerPoints, leader guides, reports and additional readings.

Do I have to pay extra fees for each course or video I subscribe to?

No. Mental Health Academy memberships are all-inclusive. This means that once you pay your monthly or annual membership fee, you can access all MHA programs at no additional cost to your fixed, ongoing membership fees. 

How often do you release new CPD programs?

Very often. On average, we release 2-3 new CPD programs each month. MHA members also receive a free weekly newsletter with industry news; links to articles, research and resources; plus much more.

Do you issue certificates upon completion of a program?

All Mental Health Academy programs include a self-paced, mandatory online assessment component. When you submit your assessment for a course or video and achieve the minimum 80% completion rate, you are able to download a branded certificate of completion stating your results.

What happens if I don't attain the minimum 80% pass rate?

You can review (for reference, your incorrect answers will be marked red when you return to the assessment page after having submitted your assessment), save your progress and re-submit your answers at any time if you haven't attained the minimum 80% pass rate for a course or video.

I’m a registered psychologist; do I accrue CPD hours by completing your programs?

All Mental Health Academy programs fit the criteria for "Active CPD" established by the Psychology Board of Australia. Upon completion of any Mental Health Academy program, psychologists can download a branded certificate stating their results - including their name, the title of the program, date completed, and hours.

Are your programs endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers?

Yes. All Mental Health Academy programs are endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) for continuing professional development (CPD) hours. The current endorsement is valid until 30 June 2017. The Endorsement Reference Number for these programs is AASW160309.

How long do I have to complete a course or video?

Mental Health Academy courses and videos are self-paced and can be completed progressively, at any time. Whilst we do not stipulate a minimum period to complete any program, please note you must be an active member to gain access to any courses or videos.

What your peers have to say...

"I am just grateful to have such an excellent resource to be able to do professional development. I look forward to being able to do many of the online courses that are available via my account. Who ever thought that OPD would become so affordable without all the big conferences, with direct and accurate information in such presentable format?"

"I am thoroughly enjoying choosing courses that are relevant to my client's current issues. It is greatly beneficial to have access to experienced and qualified trainers in various fields, and all from the comfort of my home study! With a busy schedule, I particularly appreciate the flexibility to participate in my own time and at my own pace.

"I have managed to watch a video presentation during a lunch break and printed assessment questions to review while travelling. The assessments can be completed at any time, and it is a real thrill to receive the results and print the certificate immediately. It is unbelievable value."

"I've learnt a lot that I hope now to be able to put into practice and in turn help others. The content is just great. A real range of topics to explore and absorb. Thank you very much for making it all possible."

"I love doing these courses as I am learning so much and enjoying it immensely."

"I found this to be so helpful and presented in such a professional but humble way. It really gave a lot of food for thought and was extremely valuable in content for our clients and ourselves."

"I had read through most of this course prior to being called out to undertake several shifts in counselling Bush Fire survivors in South Australia. I found the training most relevant and helpful."

"At first I was sceptical, due to my personality fears, but stepping through them (videos), I was so thrilled what was beyond my fears (never real). Accessible lectures at my convenience, at a price I was comfortable with at this time, at my venue; informative and easy to listen to, supportive, encouraging, and easy to use!!"

"Thanks team for providing an opportunity for us to receive dynamic and current professional development from the comfort of our own homes! I am learning for my own personal, as well as professional development."

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"Most interesting content and great learning tool-will return to the theory again to refresh. Thank you."

"Great program, easily accessed and very convenient to use."

"I love that you now give the opportunity to go back and find out which question/s were wrong and therefore the correct answer."

"Love the learning - can't wait to learn more."

"I really enjoyed the style of communication that was offered throughout this course as it lead me on to learn in a supportive and informative way."

"Wonderful, up to date, informative!"

"The material was quite practical in nature, easy to follow (easily identified steps), and accessible. I certainly appreciate being able to take CECs from my own office or home."

"Filled the gaps in my university program of studies/curriculum."

14 Day Trial Terms & Conditions

This 14-day trial provides you access to Mental Health Academy courses and videos (Premium Membership) and the advertised bonus (Psychological First Aid program) at the reduced promotional rate of $1 for the specified term of 14-days only.


Continuing your access


At the completion of the 14-day trial you will continue to be registered as a Premium Monthly member and your credit card will be debited the regular membership amount for subsequent payment cycles ($39 per month). You will not, however, be required to abide to a minimum membership term. In other words, you have the option to cancel your membership at any point in time without incurring any cancellation fees.


Cancelling your ongoing access


If you do not wish to automatically extend your registration as a Premium Monthly member at the expiry of the 14-day trial and be debited membership fees for subsequent payment cycles (months), please email us prior to the expiration of the 14-day trial period (the trial period begins upon confirmation of your registration).


Cancellation requests should be emailed to (please do not submit your cancellation via our website's contact form).


If you choose to cancel your trial within the 14-day period, you will no longer be able to access your profile information, course/video content and CPD certificates of attainment. You will, however, have the option to renew your membership access and re-gain access to all your records and history.


Requesting refunds


This offer is non-refundable. If you fail to provide a written cancellation request prior the expiry of your trial period (as outlined in the paragraph above), you will continue to be charged the regular $39 monthly fee and will not be eligible for any refunds. This non-refund policy applies whether or not you have logged on to your profile and used your membership resources regularly.


Communicating with us


Throughout your trial we will email you useful information, including reminders of the upcoming automatic renewal of your trial membership. We recommend you add to your email contacts list to ensure our emails are not blocked by your SPAM filter and/or other security settings.


For further information and assistance, please refer to our Support page.