Do you already work in the mental health industry and want to further your skills and knowledge? Then, the Diploma of Mental Health is the ideal course for you.
This course teaches you to provide services to clients with mental health issues including counselling, referral and advocacy services. You’ll learn high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and issues related to mental health.
You’ll also learn how to provide self-directed recovery-oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability, while implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability.
This is an online course and has been developed to best support people already working in the welfare sector. There is a 160-hour practical placement that must be completed to achieve this qualification, which will be carried out under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals. But the best bit is that online classes can be completed at a time that suits you, which means your learning and development is completely in your hands!
And when you finish this course, you’ll be qualified to work in a range of contexts, including community based non-government organisations, home based outreach, centre-based programs, respite care, residential services, rehabilitation programs, clinical settings or supporting people in employment.
You might also like to take your career further by studying a Diploma of Community Services, or a Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs. Both of these courses will help further your skills and enhance your employment opportunities down the track – and we’ll be on hand to help with the decision-making process when you’re ready.
So if you’re wanting to upskill in your current industry and all more knowledge to your toolkit, this is the perfect way to do it.
TimesMonday 9:00 - 3:00
Fortnightly face to face workshops TBA
Qualifications and RecognitionUpon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Mental Health.
- Community Rehabilitation Worker
- Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
- Outreach Officer
- Mental Health Outreach Worker
- Assistant Community Services Worker
Opportunities for Further Study
- CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Diploma of Community Services Forensic/Statutory Stream (ACWA Accredited)
- Diploma of Community Services Case Management Specialisation
- You will gain 120 credit points (equivalent to 1 year) in the HC5 Bachelor of Community & Human Services (Federation University)
- You will gain 60 credit points to the Bachelor of Criminal Justice Management (Federation University)
- You will gain 60 credit points to the Bachelor of Arts (Federation University)
Mandatory entry requirements
Applicants must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test as well as a Pre-Training Review to determine whether they are suitable for this course. Applicants then must undertake an interview and also meet the below requirements:
- Year 11 pass or mature age
- Clear Police and Working with Children Check
Recommended entry requirements
- Access to suitable technology.
- Capable to advanced level computer skills.
Students must have access to a computer and have a reasonable level of computer skills to undertake this course.
VET Student LoansVET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above. VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance. If eligible for a student loan, you can access up to $16,221 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.
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Placement is arranged by: Institute
To attend placement or be in the workplace, students may be required to have three COVID-19 vaccinations as determined by public health orders. Further information can be found here.
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Sample course units
|CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships|
|CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context|
|CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide|
|CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services|
|CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues|
|CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs|
|CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships|
|CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship|
|CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people|
|CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
|CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services|
|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|
|CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs|
|CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity|
|CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing|
|CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives|
|CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care|
|CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice|
|CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety|
|CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management|
|CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships|
|CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process|
Written assignments, participation in forums, quizzes, case studies, research activities