Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. They can provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. These workers are required to have high-level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

Workers in this field will run early intervention and health promotion programs, and research and apply evidence to their practice. They will also develop the skills required to advocate on behalf of people with complex coexisting mental health, drug, and alcohol issues.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 160 hours of work placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

Occupational Titles

  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker

What you will learn

This course will provide you with the core skills areas required to perform as a Community Services specialist, in a range of community service based roles and functions. You can specialise in Case Management, Social Housing or Statutory & Forensic, Child, Youth and Family Welfare. During your studies you will learn among other things:

  • counselling
  • referral
  • advocacy and education/health
  • promotion services
  • laws affecting clients
  • a range of services available
  • health issues related to mental health

Course structure

There are 20 units to be completed in this qualification – 15 core and 5 elective units in accordance with the packaging rules.

Core Units

  • CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
  • 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
  • CHCMHS010 Implement recovery-oriented approaches to complexity
  • CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical well-being
  • 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

Elective Units

  • CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
  • HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
  • CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

Recognition of Prior Learning

  • We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.
  • We have developed an RPL application kit for this course.
  • The Student Handbook provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course duration

  • The duration for the course is 78 weeks for International Students, including breaks and holidays, who are required to complete at least 20 hours of face to face study per week or engage for 20 hours per week. International Students will attend classes three days per week to meet this requirement and will complete 54 weeks of actual study. This mode of study is set up using a traditional academic structure of 6 terms each of 9 weeks.
  • Domestic students have up to 52 weeks to complete the program via e-learning, as assisted self-paced learning. Domestic students work to a set amount of study hours per week and do not observe the traditional academic structure of set terms or observance of term breaks and holidays.

International Students Entry Requirements

  • Year 12 (HSC); or equivalent qualification/s;
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 overall, no less than 5.0 in each band, or upper intermediate, or
  • EAP from approved ELICOS/ESL centre and
  • 18 years or above.

Domestic Students Entry Requirements

  • For all fee for service domestic students, you must have completed Year 12 in an Australian Secondary College or an AQTF Certificate IV level qualification or above, to demonstrate the Core Skills, including Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN), to be able to successfully complete this program.
  • Candidates who do not possess the qualifications listed above will be required to complete an ACSF based LLN assessment at Learning (ACSF Level 3+), reading (ACSF Level 3+), writing (ACSF Level 3+), oral communication (ACSF Level 4) and numeracy (ACSF Level 3+).
Program taught in:
English

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Last updated November 12, 2018
This course is Campus based, Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Jan 2020
Duration
52 - 78 weeks
Part-time
Full-time
Price
18,000 AUD
International Students; 6,000 AUD Domestic Students
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