AWARD COURSE

Diploma of Mental Health


National Code: CHC53315
TAFE SA Code: TP00829


Description

This course applies to workers providing services to clients in relation to mental health issues. It includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services and requires high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

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Up to 24 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Counsellor and Community Worker Counsellor and Community Worker

Locations & Applications

Campus / Location
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Study Mode
Study Load
Scheduled

Course Admission Requirements

you must have:

and

  • Certificate IV or higher in Community Services or Health related area
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by CSPA score
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.
Campus / Location
Code
Study Mode
Study Load
Scheduled

Course Admission Requirements

  • You must be working in a related industry and will be required to provide evidence of this before an offer is made.
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
Subsidised
$1,314
$5,254
Concession
$814
$3,256

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$1,943
$7,770
    • Workplace Training applicants will be contacted by TAFE SA to verify employment status before offers are made. To access subsidised training you will be required to undertake the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). Log in details will be sent to you once you apply.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Mental health community worker, mental health outreach worker, mental health rehabilitation worker, mental health support worker, alcohol and other drugs worker, community rehabilitation and support worker, community support worker.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315)
    This course covers working with diverse people, advocacy services, recovery-oriented services, wellbeing, trauma-informed care, professional practice and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 15 core units and 5 elective units plus 220 hours in a vocational placement. Vocational placement hours for existing workers will vary depending on experience in their related field of work.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.

    Core

    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing 80
    Establish self-directed recovery relationships 60
    Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity 80
    Implement trauma informed care 80
    Manage work health and safety 40
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs 75
    Provide recovery oriented mental health services 60
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 90
    Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives 80
    Provide systems advocacy services 90
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Research and apply evidence to practice 65
    Work collaboratively with the care network and other services 75
    Work with diverse people 40

    Elective

    Name Nominal Hours
    Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers 50
    Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide 110
    Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues 90
    Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence 50
    Support counselling clients in decision-making processes 120
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Social Work
    Bachelor of Psychological Science
    Bachelor of Social Sciences
    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology (Online program)
    Bachelor of Community Health (Online program)
    Bachelor of Social Science (Ageing and Disability)
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