Part 1: Introduction

The introduction introduces the practice standards, describes the history and the scope of the standards, and summarises the review process. The purpose of the practice standards and the target audience is explained, as is how the practice standards align with discipline-specific standards and the service standards.

Part 2: Values and attitudes

The values and attitudes underpin how mental health practitioners apply their skills and knowledge in their work with people, families, carers and communities. The values and attitudes on which all workers are expected to base their practice are detailed in this section.

Part 3: Practice standards

These standards are relevant to all members of the five disciplines working in mental health settings. The 13 standards cover the range of common skills and ways of working required of practitioners in the mental health workforce. Each standard includes indicators specifying how the required knowledge and skills must be applied to meet the required level of practice.