Foundations of Mental Health

Online Course: Foundations of Mental Health

An introduction to the issues related to mental health for physiotherapists

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Andrea Sturm

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Andrea Sturm

Andrea is a neurological physiotherapist from Austria. She has a special interest in Ethics and Mental Health.

3-4 hours

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Mental Health is every physiotherapist's / physical therapist's business. As a key component of the bio-psycho-socio model used to understand a patient's individual circumstances, Mental Health concerns in physical therapy are not just confined to those patients who have psychiatric diagnoses. Mental Health issues can accompany a broad range of different health conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, amputation, cancer, chronic pain or childhood disabilities. As a healthcare professional with a long term personal relationship with their client, a physiotherapist is in a unique position to be able to identify and address this aspect of their patients well being. This is leading to the growing use of physiotherapy approaches in the treatment of patients even with severe mental health problems worldwide.


Understand the value of physiotherapy approaches for your patients/clients with mental health issues in various settings, diagnoses and degrees of severity.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Mental Health
  2. Physical Therapy and Physical Activity in Mental Health
  3. Mental Health Problems and Severe Mental Illness

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

Featured review

This is an absolutely superb course. It was certainly challenging, and I feel that I have an 'introduction' to Mental Health. It has stimulated me to study more on the subject, and will definitely change the way I practice. I highly recommend it to all PT's, not only those in Mental Health: holistic means dealing with the physical, which we do well, but we cannot, comfortably, separate physical, mental and emotional symptoms
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