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Diploma of Mental Health

CHC53315

The rewarding community services sector awaits you with a Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315).

This course will give you the desired qualification to work with clients with mental illness and provide support to them. This course will give you the skills and knowledge in relation to building and maintaining strong relationships with clients, providing advanced support for people with mental illness and disabilities and delivering client services based on individual case management and intervention.

Upon graduation from this course you will be able to explore roles such as support worker or mental health worker in the community services field.

Along with learning theory, you will gain on the job practical experience with the compulsory work placement component that is part of this course.

Start your studies today and know that the delivery of this course online will allow you to tailor your studies to suit your needs.


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At a glance

Study mode

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Online

Provider

OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Career Opportunities
  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker / Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker
  • Mental Health Community Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites for this course.

Location

Online

Work placement

240 hours in total

Course length
Self-paced (e.g. 18 hrs a week = finish in 1 year, 13.5 hrs a week = finish in 18 months). Complete within 18 months.
Study mode

Online


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Assignments, online quizzes & workplace assignments
Start date

Enrol anytime.

Provider
OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)

TAFE NSW - OTEN - Open Training and Education Network (RTO 90004) is the largest online TAFE provider in Australia.

You can study OTEN’s accredited online TAFE courses at your own pace, and start anytime.

OTEN’s flexible courses are developed in consultation with relevant industry groups – to ensure you build the skills that are valued by employers.

TAFE NSW - Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004) trading as Open Training & Education Network

Price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Providing advanced support for people with mental illness and disabilities
  • Contributing to the recovery of people affected by a mental illness
  • Delivering specialised client services based on individual case management and intervention
  • Providing community-focused promotion and prevention strategies
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with clients and colleagues

Work placement

This course includes a total of 240 hours of professional work placement within a community service organisation. You will need to arrange your own work placement.

The industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

Course structure

20 units

Cluster 1

  1. CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural diversity


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.

  2. CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Cluster 2

  1. CHCMHS002 - Establish self-directed recovery relationships


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote the principles of recovery oriented practice, and to establish and confirm self-directed recovery relationships with people with mental illness.

  2. CHCAOD001 - Work in an alcohol and other drugs context


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish and work within the current context, philosophy and values of the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector.

  3. CHCMHS003 - Provide recovery oriented mental health services


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively in providing services to implement a range of strategies as part of recovery oriented service provision for people with mental illness.

  4. CHCMHS004 - Work collaboratively with the care network and other services


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with the care network and other potential services for a person with mental illness. This work provides a recovery oriented practice approach, involving a variety of health and community service professionals working collaboratively with the person and their care network.

  5. CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess capacity to support people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues and to work collaboratively to provide support and facilitate links to other services.

Cluster 3

  1. CHCCCS018 - Provide suicide bereavement support


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide support for individuals who are experiencing bereavement in relation to suicide.

  2. CHCAOD004 - Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and conduct assessments of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) clients to determine eligibility, service requirements and referral needs. This includes knowledge of factors affecting assessment for a range of different client groups including different genders, youth, older people, mandated and voluntary clients, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

  3. CHCMHS011 - Assess and promote social, emotional and physical well-being


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing.

Cluster 4

  1. CHCMHS012 - Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support a person living with mental illness to develop recovery wellness plans and advanced directives. These plans outline the person’s preferences and plans to maintain wellness and to direct actions and support strategies should they become unwell.

  2. HLTWHS004 - Manage work health and safety


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements.

  3. CHCMHS010 - Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and respond to issues of complexity when supporting people living with mental illness and their care networks. The unit is based on a strengths-based approach and acknowledges that complexity is not a characteristic of an individual. Complexity may be impacted by a range of interactions between the worker, the organisation and the environmental context.

Cluster 5

  1. CHCADV005 - Provide systems advocacy services


    This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to advocate and ensure that government, community and organisational systems broadly support and uphold human rights.

  2. CHCMHS009 - Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and conduct early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs focussing on mental health and wellbeing.

  3. CHCAOD008 - Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with AOD issues


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design, implement and monitor ongoing therapeutic interventions drawing on evidence informed models and techniques. It involves holistic consideration of all client needs, and collaboration with other services.

  4. CHCCSL502A - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use advanced interpersonal communication skills to facilitate the client-counsellor relationship in a counselling practice.

Cluster 6

  1. CHCMHS013 - Implement trauma informed care


    This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to promote trauma informed care, and to develop strategies to address people’s specific trauma needs. Trauma informed care involves providing services that are informed by the knowledge and understanding of the impact of trauma, in particular interpersonal violence and varying service practice to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatisation.

  2. CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the information need, gather information and critically analyse the information for relevance to own work.

  3. CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice


    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

Support and delivery

Studying online explained

When you study online with OTEN, you can:

  • Study from anywhere, when it suits you best.
  • Graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
  • Get comprehensive support from teachers via phone and email.
  • Access course materials online.
  • Interact with teachers and fellow students via platforms like virtual classrooms, forums and video calls.

OTEN's online courses can also be referred to as distance education. Some hard-copy course materials and assessments may be accessed or submitted via post.

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