Advanced Certificate in Mental Health
- Get equipped with behaviour therapies including ACT
- Upskill in the latest science in lifestyle medicine for mental health
- Study the importance of post-traumatic growth and how to facilitate this in coaching sessions
- Understand the science and benefits of micronutrition for mental health
- Learn strategies to assist people with alcohol, drug and other addictions
Estimated time: 4.5 months
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* Prerequisites apply. Payment plans available.
Mental Health Coaches – the missing link in healthcare
Specialised Health Coaches are the future of mental healthcare. Become a PREKURE Certified Mental Health Coach and support people who are languishing to start thriving. Help your patients or clients to make the critical lifestyle changes required to dramatically improve their mental wellbeing. You’ll have one of the most meaningful jobs on the planet.
On completion of the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health, you’ll qualify as a PREKURE Certified Mental Health Coach. You’ll be at the forefront of mental healthcare with an in-depth understanding of the science, evidence and practical tools to affect positive mental health outcomes.
The latest science and coaching skills for mental health
This Advanced Certificate is designed to:
- Equip Health Coaches and Registered Health Professionals with the practical tools and resources they need to help their clients and patients suffering from mild to moderate mental health challenges
- Focus on preventative and lifestyle approaches
- Bridge the gap in our overburdened mental healthcare system.
The Advanced Certificate in Mental Health gives you a university-level education in mental health. You’ll come away with a solid foundation in the science and practice of lifestyle medicine for mental health, including micronutrition. You’ll study the theory of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and then hone your practice of this powerful behavioral therapy in our live online labs.
The Advanced Certificate in Mental Health includes 12 live labs led by PREKURE’s high performing faculty including Psychologist Sophia Dawson and Professor Julia Rucklidge – a world-leader in the field of mirco-nutrition for mental health. You will be taught in a live, online, interactive and immersive environment. Apply your learning in a safe setting, hone your skills and gain confidence to work with real patients and clients.
Study online, at home, at your pace
All courses and interactive labs can be accessed from the convenience of your computer, smartphone or tablet, and all from the comfort of your own home.
You will have up to 12 months to complete the Certification. Typical completion time is 4.5 months with a time commitment of 5-7 hours per week.
What makes PREKURE the leader and most trusted organisation to train with?
PREKURE combines participation in cohort-based training with access to content and community to help you achieve more than you ever thought was possible.
PREKURE is internationally certified in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.
The Advanced Certificate in Mental Health is taught by recognised world experts and academics who share only evidence-based knowledge and tools.
Estimated time: 4.5 months
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Meet your instructors
Sophia has a passion for holistic wellbeing and is highly skilled in the use of ACT with her patients.
Prof Grant Schofield
Prof Public Health
Director of The Centre for Human Potential at AUT University and men’s mental health advisor for Movember.
Prof Julia Rucklidge
Prof Clinical Psychology
Prof Clinical Psychology at University of Canterbury. Mental health & nutrition researcher. Co-author The Better Brain; TEDx & edX speaker.
Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and Neuroscientist. Undertaking his PhD in Applied Psychology.
Dr Ed Timings
30 years of experience in the health field, Ed brings a dynamic approach to stress that utilises specific knowledge and inspired living.
Senior Firefighter and Health Researcher
Over 17 years in the fire service, a peer supporter and health researcher. Postgraduate pathway of violence and trauma studies, examining suicide, psychological injury, and maladaptive behaviour within Fire and Emergency.
Alcohol addiction specialist & Registered Nurse
Lisa is a PREKURE Certified Health Coach, who brings lived experience to her specialisation in addictive behaviours, especially as related to alcohol.
Dr Catherine Crofts
Catherine has a PhD in the early diagnosis of metabolic disease, and is experienced in the deprescribing of medications.
Registered Nurse & PREKURE Lead Health Coach
Sonya has a masters of health practice and is highly experienced as a critical care nurse in the acute treatment of people suffering from ill-health.
Cohort based learning. 2022 training begins in early February. Apply now to secure your place in this cohort. Further intakes to take place in April, July, and September. We expect strong demand for this training and spaces are limited to ensure high-quality outcomes for all learners.
4.5 months, Part-Time, Virtual, and Intense
Built to take you on a guided, intense, transformational journey to solving a variety of mental health challenges.
MENTAL HEALTH THEORY: 6 Courses covering the science and theory of mental health practice
Study online at your own pace. Estimated total time to complete: 4.5 months with time commitment of 5-7 hours per week. Your Mental Health Courses cover:
PK301: Mental health practice
Learn the foundations of mental health epidemiology and understand the Health Coach’s scope of practice when working in Mental Health.
PK302: Brain biology and neuroscience
Delve into the human brain structure and function, including the latest research in gut-brain connection and the role that glutamate excitotoxicity plays in mental wellbeing.
PK303: ACT – Behaviour therapy
PK304: Substance misuse and addictions
PK305: Advanced lifestyle medicine for mental health
Discover how nutrition, exercise, sleep, thermo-therapies and breathing techniques can help improve your client’s mental wellbeing.
PK306: Psychological injury and trauma
Learn about the importance of post-traumatic growth and how to facilitate this in coaching sessions.
MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE: 12 live & interactive mental health coaching skills labs
Your Mental Health live labs cover:
- The ‘Coach Approach’ to Mental Health
- Deep dives into the skills of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Live case studies and coaching demos in helping people with alcohol and other addictions
- Lifestyle techniques and the impact of psychological injuries and trauma on mental health
To achieve your Advanced Certificate in Mental Health you must:
- Complete all 6 online modules (PK301-306) and assessments passing with at least 75%
- Attend and participate in all online live labs
- Undertake a minimum of 3×30 minute sessions with 3 clients, with detailed notes/audio
- Submit a portfolio of practice for 3 clients/cases
- Submit a logbook with a minimum of 10 hours practice
- Submit a 10-15 minute reflection
Estimated time: 4.5 months
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* Prerequisites apply
Frequently Asked Questions
What is in the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health?
The Advanced Certificate in Mental Health includes 6 theory based online courses: PK301, PK302, PK303, PK304, PK305, PK306 and 12 x interactive labs (over 20 hours).
Has this course been assessed by NZQA for micro-credentialing?
This course will be submitted to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) with the expectation it will receive a Level 6 Micro-credential.
Is this Certificate recognised internationally?
We follow the International Coaches Federation (ICF) core competencies, definition of coaching and code of ethics.
We are a recognised training provider for Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association (HCANZA),the Canadian Health Coach Alliance, and the United Kingdom Health Coaches Association (UKHCA).
What are the prerequisites for this Certificate?
The Advanced Certificate in Mental Health is available for anyone to complete without prerequisites.
Please note, that to become a PREKURE Certified Mental Health Coach, you need to complete Health Coaching Training alongside the Advanced Certificate of Mental Health.
For Registered Health Professionals: You are able to complete a shorter Bridging Course in Coaching Practice in place of the full Health Coach Training.
I am not a PREKURE Certified Health Coach, can I still do the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health?
I am a Registered Psychologist in NZ or Australia, if I complete the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health can I become a Professional member of HCANZA?
To become a professional member of HCANZA you must complete at least 40 hours of live coaching training, pass a coaching assessment and have completed health/lifestyle medicine training. The Advanced Certificate in Mental Health includes 20 hours of live coaching training.
To complete the remainder of your 40 hours of live coaching training required for HCANZA you can complete our Bridging Course in Coaching Practise.
How much is the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health?
$4,995 for PREKURE Certifed Health coaches
6-month and 12-month payment plans are available. Please contact [email protected] to discuss payment options.
How much does it cost to complete both the Health Coach Training and Advanced Certificate in Mental Health?
If you complete your studies separately, it is $6,595 to complete the Health Coach Pathway + $4,995 to complete the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health ($11,590).
However, if you sign up for the Health Coach Training + Advanced Certificate in Mental Health at the time of your initial enrollment, it is $10,500 as an opening special – available for a limited time. It is recommended that you complete your Health Coach training before commencing the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health.
Once you complete both, you will be qualified as a PREKURE Certified Mental Health Coach.
How much does it cost to become a Health Coach specialised in both Mental Health and Nutrition?
If you complete your studies separately, it is $6,595 to complete the Health Coach Training + $4,995 to complete the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health + $4,995 to complete the Advanced Certificate in Nutrition ($16,585).
However, if you sign up for all 3 at the time of your initial enrollment, it is $14,990 as an opening special – available for a limited time.
Note that it is recommended that you complete your Health Coach Training before commencing the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health and/or Advanced Certificate in Nutrition. If your time permits you are able to complete the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health and the Advanced Certificate in Nutrition at the same time.
How long does it take to complete the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health?
The estimated time to complete the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health is 4.5 months, with a weekly commitment of 5-7 hours study. You have a maximum of 12 months to complete the Certificate.
What time commitment would be involved to complete both the Health Coach Training and Advanced Certificate in Mental Health?
9-12 months with a commitment of approximately 10 hours per week.
What does the assessment involve?
Complete all 6 online modules (PK301-306) and assessments passing with at least 75%
Attend and participate in all online live labs
Submit a portfolio of practice + logbook + case study for 3 clients/cases
Submit a 10-15 minute reflection
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We offer a 100% money back guarantee within the first 30 days of enrolment.
When is the next class starting?
As soon as you are fully enrolled, you will be able to begin your online course work of PK301-306.
We have intakes throughout the year for the Mental Health live labs. You can view our full 2022 lab schedule and lab timetables here.
Places are strictly limited. Please contact [email protected] to secure your spot in any of these cohorts. Your place can be secured on payment of a 10% deposit.
What day and time do the live labs run?
View our lab schedule and timeables here.
If I do this Advanced Certificate, will I be at the same level as a Registered Psychologist?
Absolutely not. Training to be a clinical and/or Registered Psychologist takes 7 years. Clinical Psychologists are trained to be able to diagnose and treat all forms of mental ill health including moderate to severe conditions. They are registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and have a current Annual Practising Certificate.
What is the scope of practice of a Mental Health Coach?
Mental Health Coaches are a new breed of health professional. In this course we provide extensive training on the role of a Mental Health Coach with particular emphasis on the scope of practice. A Mental Health Coach does not diagnose mental ill-health, prescribe medications or specific condition-related treatments. The Mental Health Coach focuses on the present and the future and supports the client or patient to take action and work towards a higher level of functioning.
Please note, that to become a PREKURE Certified Mental Health Coach, you need to complete Health Coaching Training along with the Advanced Certificate of Mental Health.
What is the difference between a HIP (Health Improvement Practitioner) and a Mental Health Coach?
HIPs are currently funded and employed in the primary healthcare sector in New Zealand. To become a health improvement practitioner, you’ll have a degree in public health, a related subject or equivalent health improvement knowledge from training, extended courses and experience. The role of a HIP and Mental Health Coach is very similar. Mental Health Coaches may also work outside of a primary care setting in private practise and within corporate settings.
Can I get a taste of what the learning will be like before committing?
You can get a taste of some of our learning before committing to the full Advanced Certificate in Mental Health in our Introduction to Mental Health Practice Short Course.
What support will I receive after graduating?
After graduation, you are invited to join our PREKURE Network – an exclusive membership available to the PREKURE community to provide all the ongoing support, resources and tools you need to thrive in your health and coaching career.
Through the PREKURE Network we provide you with the resources to:
- Get ongoing supervision
- Stay connected to the PREKURE community
- Continue to deepen your learning
- Hone your coaching skills
- Kick-start and grow your own business
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Certificate in Mental Health Prospectus
PREKURE provides training in the theory and practice of lifestyle medicine for mild to medium mental health challenges. We cannot provide personalised medical advice. If you or your loved ones require personal medical advice, or suffer from moderate to severe mental ill-health, then we recommend you consult a registered health practitioner (GP, Registered Psychologist).
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