Certificate IV in Mental Health - CHC43315

12 Months
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Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery-oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community-based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability.

Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organizations; home based outreach; center-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

Entry Requirements

There are certain prerequisites which must be satisfied before enrolment in this course:

o Applicants will be required to complete an ACSF language, literacy and numeracy (LLN)assessment

o Working With Children Check (WWCC)

o NDIS Worker Check

Fees & Delivery

Please contact ACDCS for more information on the course fee structure

Course Delivery : Online, Blended Learning (Face to face with trainer once a week)

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal.

We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date.

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Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required for Participants undertaking nationally recognized training (qualifications, accredited courses, skill sets and units of competency) unless exempt.

This includes international Participants studying in Australia. If you don't have a USI you will not receive your qualification or statement of attainment.

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The Australian Government through training.gov.au lists this as an appropriate qualification for the following occupations:

o Community Rehabilitation Worker

o Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker

o Outreach Officer

o Mental Health Outreach Worker

o Assistant Community Services Worker

Study Pathways

There are a number of study pathways that you can take after completing this course:

o Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC53215)

o Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315)

o Bachelor of Health Sciences

o Bachelor of Social Work

Units of Study

There are 11 core units included in the course:

CHCLEG001- Work legally and ethically
CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMSH002- Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 - Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
CHCMHS004 - Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS008 - Promote and facilitate self advocacy
CHCMHS007 - Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS011 - Assess and promote social, emotional ad physical wellbeing
HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety

There are 7 elective units included in the course:

CHCCCS003 - Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCCS019 - Recognize and respond to crisis situations
CHCADV001- Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCPRP001 - Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

Work Placement
A minimum 80 hours of work placement is compulsory to complete the course.


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