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Conducting a Mental State Assessment

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Conducting a Mental State Assessment

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25 March 2024, Monday 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Byron Bay, NSW 16 $160.00



Mental state assessment is a component of holistic assessment, the assessment of the whole person. Suitable for carers, nurses, Social Workers or others who are required to assess clients and to develop care plans based on those assessments. Physical assessment combined with mental state assessment provides staff with an understanding of the total health needs of an individual.

Many clinical and non-clinical staff however have never been taught how to conduct mental status assessments and this has resulted in incomplete care and ongoing dependence on mental health professionals for even basic assessments. Mental Health professionals have learned a framework and process to guide them when assessing an individual’s mental state. The fundamentals of this framework and process can be taught to your staff.

This workshop introduces participants to the Psychiatric Mental Status Examination (PMSE) framework and process, and provides opportunities for participants to explore and practice mental state assessment.

Staff who have even a basic understanding of the PMSE framework find that it increases their capacity to engage in more accurate reporting and recording of a client or resident’s mental state and behaviours. A crucial component of mental assessment is cognitive assessment.

The Mini-Mental State Examination workshop enables staff to develop an understanding of two common instruments for assessing cognitive health, the ‘Mini-Mental’ and the Clock Drawing Task (CDT). Attendees will also learn about how to deliver a standardised version of the Mini-Mental test and how to use the test results to guide their care and service provision.

Participants will;

  • see how mental status evaluation fits as a component of the complete health assessment of an individual
  • discover and explore the key components of the Psychiatric Mental Status Examination OR develop an understanding of the role that a standardised ‘Mini-Mental’ and Clock Drawing Task can play in assessing cognition, a crucial aspect of mental function..
  • practice using the Psychiatric Mental State Examination framework and / or the ‘Standardised Mini-mental’ instrument discuss how care plans may be based on the assessment outcomes
  • develop risk assessment and risk management strategies based on assessment outcomes record and report assessment outcomes

What to bring

  • Pen and paper
  • Refreshments/lunch 

Important information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will include your receipt and inform you of the dates, times and venue for your course. It will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you.

Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

Students are required to be 15 years old and above at the time of enrolment.

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We keep our class sizes small so that you get a better experience. Avoid disappointment, enrol early!  


March 25
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Byron Bay, NSW
Byron Bay, NSW Australia