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Mental Capacity Training​ Course Outline

Module 1: Mental Capacity – Definitions and Principles

  • What is Mental Capacity?
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Code of Practice
  • What is the Need of the Mental Capacity Act?
  • Five Core Principles of the Mental Capacity Act
  • What is a Lack of Capacity?
  • Who is Affected by the Mental Capacity Act?

Module 2: Assessing Capacity

  • What Initiates an Assessment?
  • What to Ask When Assessing Capacity?
  • Assessing Capacity in Relation to Different Types of Decisions
  • Assessing Capacity in Practice
  • What Kind of Help Does Someone Need to Make a Decision?
  • Legal Tests Under Common Law and Other Legislation
  • Excluded Decisions
  • What Type of Records Needs to be Kept?

Module 3: Making Decisions and Acting in Someone's Best Interests

  • Best Interests Decisions and Acts
  • Acts Related to Care and Treatment
  • Who is the Decision Maker in Health and Social Care Services?

Module 4: Restraint and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

  • Limitations on Restraint
  • What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
  • When is an LPA Valid?
  • Who Can be an Attorney?
  • Powers and Limitations of LPAs
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney

Module 5: Dispute Resolving

  • Code of Practice

Module 6: Court of Protection and Deputies

  • What is the Court of Protection?
  • What is a Court-Appointed Deputy?

Module 7: Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment

  • Advance Decisions
  • When are Advance Decisions Valid and Applicable?

Module 8: Independent Mental Capacity Advocates and Research

  • Duties of an IMCA

Module 9: Protection

  • Protecting Vulnerable Adults
  • New Criminal Offences of Ill-Treatment or Wilful Neglect
  • Public Guardian
  • Court of Protection Visitors

Module 10: Children and Young People

  • Young People Under the Age of 16
  • Young People Aged 16 and 17

Module 11: Sharing Information

  • Releasing Information

Module 12: How Will the Mental Capacity Act Change Practice?

  • Some Expectations from Users and Carers

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Who should attend this Mental Capacity Training Course?

The Mental Capacity Training Course is designed to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed judgments about an individual's ability to make specific decisions at specific times. This course will benefit the following professionals:

  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Legal Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Nonprofit and NGO Workers
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Caregivers and Support Workers

Prerequisites of the Mental Capacity Training Course

There are no formal prerequisites for this Mental Capacity Training Course.

Mental Capacity Training​ Course Overview

Mental Capacity Training Courses provide delegates with insights into assessing Mental Capacity, ensuring that the rights and best interests of vulnerable individuals are always at the forefront. It serves as an essential foundation for fostering respectful, informed, and compassionate care in a realm that demands both knowledge and sensitivity. Mental Health issues are prevalent, and having a profound understanding of Mental Capacity is essential for professionals in various fields.

Proficiency in Mental Capacity is indispensable for professionals in the healthcare sector, social work, and legal domains. Mastering this subject is vital for equipping professionals to make informed decisions regarding patients' or clients' mental capacities. It’s a cornerstone for Mental Health Training, ensuring that caregivers, counsellors, and Legal Advisors can provide the best support possible.

Our intensive 1-day Mental Capacity Training equips delegates with practical skills and theoretical knowledge on the subject. Through interactive sessions and real-life case studies, delegates will understand legal frameworks, and ethical considerations. This training enhances professionals' ability to address complex Mental Health scenarios, fostering a more compassionate and effective approach in their respective fields.

Course Objectives:

  • To master the legal and ethical aspects of Mental Capacity assessment
  • To develop practical skills in evaluating Mental Capacity in diverse situations
  • To understand the intersection of Mental Health and legal frameworks
  • To enhance communication techniques with individuals of varying mental capacities
  • To gain insights into recent developments in Mental Health legislation
  • To navigate complex ethical dilemmas related to Mental Health

After completing the Mental Capacity Training Course, delegates emerge with a profound understanding of Mental Health intricacies. Armed with practical skills and deep insights, they are well-prepared to navigate the complexities of Mental Capacity assessment. Graduates of this course are better equipped to make nuanced decisions, ensuring the welfare and dignity of individuals with Mental Health challenges.

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What’s included in this Mental Capacity Training Course?

  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors 
  • Mental Capacity Training Certificate   
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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Why choose us

Ways to take this course

Our easy to use Virtual platform allows you to sit the course from home with a live instructor. You will follow the same schedule as the classroom course, and will be able to interact with the trainer and other delegates.

Our fully interactive online training platform is compatible across all devices and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. All our online courses come with a standard 90 days access that can be extended upon request. Our expert trainers are constantly on hand to help you with any questions which may arise.

This is our most popular style of learning. We run courses in 1200 locations, across 200 countries in one of our hand-picked training venues, providing the all important ‘human touch’ which may be missed in other learning styles.


Highly experienced trainers

All our trainers are highly qualified, have 10+ years of real-world experience and will provide you with an engaging learning experience.


State of the art training venues

We only use the highest standard of learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable and distraction-free as possible


Small class sizes

We limit our class sizes to promote better discussion and ensuring everyone has a personalized experience


Great value for money

Get more bang for your buck! If you find your chosen course cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match it!

This is the same great training as our classroom learning but carried out at your own business premises. This is the perfect option for larger scale training requirements and means less time away from the office.


Tailored learning experience

Our courses can be adapted to meet your individual project or business requirements regardless of scope.


Maximise your training budget

Cut unnecessary costs and focus your entire budget on what really matters, the training.


Team building opportunity

This gives your team a great opportunity to come together, bond, and discuss, which you may not get in a standard classroom setting.


Monitor employees progress

Keep track of your employees’ progression and performance in your own workspace.

What our customers are saying

Mental Capacity Training FAQs


Mental Capacity is the ability to make any particular decision at a time when it is needed for oneself.
There are no formal prerequisites for attending this Mental Capacity training course.
This Mental Capacity Training is suitable for anyone who wants to understand how to assess mental capacity and learn the Mental Capacity Act.
Capacity means using information and knowledge to make some decisions and communicate any decision. It demonstrates the perception of the circumstances, recognition of the outcomes of their decision, and reasoning of their decision process.
A presumption of capacity support individuals to make their own decisions, unwise decisions, best interests, and the less restrictive option is the five principles of the Mental Capacity Act.
In this Mental Capacity Training course, you will learn about mental capacity, the Mental Capacity Act, the act's needs, core principles, the meaning of lack of capacity, the act's effect, etc. You will also learn how to assess capacity, make decisions in someone's interest, use and powers of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA), and many other concepts and topics that will help you be empathetic and use your skills to protect vulnerable people.
The price for Mental Capacity Training certification in Australia starts from AUD1795
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider for Mental Capacity Training.
Please see our Mental Health courses available in Australia

Why choose us


Best price in the industry

You won't find better value in the marketplace. If you do find a lower price, we will beat it.


Many delivery methods

Flexible delivery methods are available depending on your learning style.


High quality resources

Resources are included for a comprehensive learning experience.

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"Really good course and well organised. Trainer was great with a sense of humour - his experience allowed a free flowing course, structured to help you gain as much information & relevant experience whilst helping prepare you for the exam"

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