Support and educate people about mental health, drug and alcohol issues

TAFE SA courses in this area prepare you for a social work career, providing services to clients in relation to mental health and alcohol and other drugs. Topics include counselling, referral, advocacy and health promotion services. Graduates develop specialist knowledge of laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health, and alcohol and drug use.

Video: Mental Health and Drug Education

Adam is a community support worker in the mental health field. He chose to get into the field to help others who had experienced similar issues to him in high school. Hear Adam's story as he explains the benefits of TAFE SA's adult learning environment and the pathways to employment in the workforce.

Certificate IV in Mental Health

Bower Place

Bower Place is a counselling and research facility in Gawler Place, adjacent to Rundle Mall. TAFE SA delivers a number of community services qualifications through Bower Place, where students have the opportunity to work alongside highly skilled practitioners and clients in the Complex Need Clinic (CNC), developing skills in being first point of contact for clients.

Students gain knowledge, skills and experience within a confidential, professional counselling context, where people are seeking assistance for a wide range of family, relationship, emotional, mental health & behavioural difficulties.

Students generally attend Bower Place one day a week and develop further skills and knowledge through face-to-face workshops, e-learning opportunities and vocational placements in other community services settings.