Master of Social Sciences (Mental Health)

Candidates are required to complete 60 credits, including 5 compulsory courses (6 credits each), and three to five courses (6 or 12 credits each) or 3 elective courses (6 credits each) with a dissertation (12 credits). In the first year of study, students will acquire most current knowledge about the contexts, policies and practices in mental health. They will also be introduced to advanced and practical knowledge and skills in psychiatric assessment and mental health counselling. In the second year, students can choose to specialize in four areas in mental health (i.e. Integrative Mental Health, Children and Youth Mental Health, Psychogeriatric Care and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy). Candidates can take courses in other fields of study under the Master of Social Sciences (Behavioral Health, Gerontology, Social Service Management, Social Work) programmes. Special approval from the respective Programme Directors for the courses in the above-mentioned fields of study is needed.

Dissertation option: Candidates shall complete three of the following 6-credit courses. Non-dissertation option: Candidates shall complete three to five courses (6 or 12 credits each). If interested, candidates can choose courses to make up one of the four areas of concentration: (1) Integrative Mental Health (2) Children and Youth Mental Health, (3) Psychogeriatric Care and (4) Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy.

Elective Courses
SOWK6022 Emotion-focused interventions: theory and practice
SOWK6084 Intervention in health care settings
SOWK6127 Cognitive-behavioral interventions
SOWK6201 Mental health problems in old age
SOWK6214 Children and youth mental health
SOWK6311 Cognitive-behaviour therapy skills training
SOWK6312 Cognitive-behaviour therapy supervised practice
SOWK6315 Neuropsychiatric assessment and interventions
SOWK6316 Practical issues in mental health care
SOWK6321 Mental health in contemporary China
SOWK6322 Special topics in mental health I
SOWK6323 Special topics in mental health II

(1) Not all elective courses will necessarily be offered in a given year.

Dissertation

Student can opt for dissertation for two additional elective courses.

Dissertation
SOWK9003 Dissertation