Cognition and Recovery

Professional Development Series


How can cognitive difficulties affect people I support?

Cognitive problems affect many areas of a person's daily functioning and are a barrier to independent living. Some of the areas that cognitive functioning can affect include:

  • Maintaining attention
  • Making decisions
  • Planning
  • Problem solving
  • Keeping a schedule
  • Dealing with money
  • Changing a routine
  • Completing a new activity
  • Memory

Research has identified that cognitive issues are often difficult to identify in people with mental health conditions. At times workers feel ill-equipped to support clients with cognitive challenges to improve general functioning and enhance decision-making capacity.

Who is this for?

This course is for frontline mental health workers and disability support workers who assist clients with mental health related cognitive functioning difficulties to better support people in terms of rehabilitation and access to the NDIS.

We encourage managers and team leaders to attend this training to provide an understanding of current practice issues and to support frontline workers and service response.

Professional Development Course Fee

MHCC Members Non-members
$409 $498


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Face-to-face Workshops

This qualification requires attendance at 2 full-day face-to-face training sessions.*

Statement of Participation

A statement of participation will be granted upon satisfactory attendance of the required training sessions.

*Subject to change. Training requirements will be confirmed upon enrolment.

Key Learnings

  • Work collaboratively with a person to support them to identify recovery goals and select tailored strategies that reflect their cognitive needs
  • Apply adaptive principles that support the person to learn and adopt strategies for improved function
  • Understand the complex relationship between mental illness and cognitive function
  • Understand the relationship between different 'lifestyle' factors and cognitive functioning
  • Recognise when a person is experiencing cognitive challenges and how this may be impacting on their everyday functioning
  • Recognise when a cognitive assessment may be required and initiate a request