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Certificate IV in Mental Health Work

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  • Objectives
    This qualification covers workers who provide a range of community services and community interventions to clients with mental health issues and/or implement health promotion. Work may take place in a range of contexts such as community based organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services. The qualification defines the knowledge and skills required by support workers and case-workers who work autonomously under the broad guidance of others to assist people with mental health issues.
  • Entry requirements
    You will need the organisational, communication, study, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to year 10. Prior experience in this field is not mandatory but will certainly benefit your application. Other Entry Requirements You must attend an information session and interview sessions. Students will be required to complete a police check and/or working with children check at the beginning of the course, as it is a requirement of any human service work.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate IV in Mental Health Work
  • Course description
    Key Study Areas      

    Key study areas include:

        * Providing non-clinical services to people with mental health issues
        * Coordinating and implementing services and programs
        * Client assessment (initial and ongoing)
        * Planning and implementing community integration and educational programs
        * Liaising with specialists
        * Community services

    Where     • Bendigo (City Campus)

    Selection Process    
    • Group Interview
    • Skills Test

    Employment Opportunities    

    On successfully completing this course you will be eligible for employment in a wide range of support/case worker roles in community based organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services. These positions may involve generalist services or specialised services such as family, health education, rehabilitation, Indigenous mental health, or domestic violence.

    Further Study Options    

    This course is aligned to many other specialised courses such as those in disability work, juvenile justice, alcohol and other drugs work. Generalist courses such as the Diploma in Community Welfare Work are also related.

    Pathways Courses    
    Certifcate IV in Disability Work :: CHC40302
    Certificate IV in Youth Work :: CHC40602
    Diploma of Community Welfare Work :: CHC50702

    Assessment    

    You will be assessed as part of this course.

    Typical Course Content     (exact details may be obtained from the teaching centre)
    CHCAOD2C           Orientation to the alcohol and other drugs sector
    CHCCOM3C          Utilise specialist communication skills to build strong relationships
    CHCCS301A         Work within a legal and ethical framework
    CHCCS402A         Respond holistically to client issues
    CHCCS403A         Provide brief intervention
    CHCCS405A         Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
    CHCCS501A         Assess and respond to individuals at risk of self-harm or suicide
    CHCCS9A             Provide support services to clients
    CHCMH1B            Orientation to mental health work
    CHCMH4C            Provide Non-clinical Services To People With Mental Health Issues
    CHCNET4A           Work with other services
    CHCOHS401A      Implement and monitor OHS policies and procedures for a work place

    Recognition of Prior Learning    

    Recognition of your current qualifications and prior learning: BRIT has processes to give you credit for relevant units from your prior study, and to assess your prior learning against units in a course.

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