Qualification Description

The CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health is a nationally recognised qualification, including training and assessment, that is delivered by RTO (code 122208).

KM Training & Consulting is not the training provider. Their role is to provide marketing and referral services to the RTO.

CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health is a course designed to give you the foundation knowledge needed for working in the Community Sector. This course provides you with the knowledge and skills required to perform as a professional community services worker, across a variety of settings within the social and community services industry. These may include areas such as mental health, homelessness, family and domestic violence, child protection, employment support and migrant services.

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.

Diploma of Mental Health course takes approximately 1200 – 2400 hours which includes class time and 240 hours of work placement in a community services facility. But the Duration for each learner will depend on each individual’s skills and knowledge. For example, students with higher education qualifications and students who are already employed in the industry will find themselves completing the course within a shorter time frame as compared to learners with lower education and no experience in the industry.

JTI considers each learner on an individual basis and learners who may want to complete the course at a shorter time frame than the one recommended by AQF will be given the following options:

  • Undertake an assessment with a JTI staff member to demonstrate their capacity to undertake the course within a shorter time frame
  • Produce evidence of higher learning or previous experience

Commit to attending online support classes as well as face to face classes and a commitment to self-study.

On average, a learner should allocate thirty hours per week for learning and assessments.

JTI offers flexible training which suits individuals and industry requirements. The flexible nature of our delivery of this course (online, blended, face-to-face) caters for students in need of flexible study/work hours, working parents, students studying other courses, those juggling between employment and studies and all who are time constrained and wish to either further their education or change career paths.

Course Structure

Successful completion of this course requires the fulfilment of 20 Units of Study: 15 Core and 5 Elective Units

Core Units:

  • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
  • 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
  • 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

Elective Units:

  • BSBWOR403 Manage stress in the workplace
  • CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • HLTENN009 Implement and monitor care for a person with mental health conditions
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers

Work Placement Program

For candidates not already employed in the sector, work placements will be required in order to meet the evidence requirements of all of the units. The Community Services sector strongly supports the use of work placements for learning and there is an expectation that assessor’s will, in so far as possible, use the workplace for assessment.

This approach will make assessment decisions more authentic and valid. Candidates should be given the opportunity to demonstrate how they can meet the requirements of the unit of competence/s under the conditions and variables of the real workplace.

Work Placement is not optional. Students not working in the sector are required to complete 240 hours of work placement. Students working in the sector need to talk to their trainer to establish if their current work place will qualify for placements in this course.

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