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  • Objectives
    This nationally accredited course offers the skills and knowledge to develop and deliver therapeutic lifestyle programs across the community services sector. This course provides graduates with a nationally recognised qualification. Training combines both theoretical study and practical experience in industry.
  • Entry requirements
    Work or life experience
  • Academic Title
    Diploma of Community Services (Lifestyle and Leisure)
  • Course description
    Diploma of Community Services (Lifestyle & Leisure) CHC50802
    Certificate IV in Community Services (Lifestyle & Leisure) CHC41602

    Course Outline
    This nationally accredited course offers the skills and knowledge to develop and deliver therapeutic lifestyle programs across the community services sector. This course provides graduates with a nationally accredited qualification. Training combines both theoretical study, reflective practice and practical experience in industry.

    Campus
    Frankston

    Study Mode
    Part-time

    Duration
    Between 12 months and 24 months of part-time study, entry level depends on existing qualifications. Students holding accredited qualifications in Aged Care Work, Lifestyle and Leisure, Health (Nursing), Disability Work or other relevant field may gain substantial credits towards this course.

    Commencement Dates
    January

    Entrance Requirements
    Relevant study, work and/or life experience.

    Application Procedure
    Apply directly to Chisholm Institute. Applicants need to attend an information session where the course structure and entry levels will be clearly explained. Successful applicants will be required to obtain a police check.

    Selection Criteria
    Based on suitability for working in the community services sector. Compulsory attendance at an information night, completion of a written task and attendance at an interview.
    Costs
    Certificate IV: 16 units
    Price on application.
    Diploma: 5 units additional to Certificate IV course
    Price on application.

    Study Areas
    Certificate IV: (Equivalent to first year of Diploma)
    CHCRH1B Orientation to Work in the Leisure & Health Industry – 50 hours
    The unit aims to describe the context within which leisure and health work occurs and its role in enhancing wellbeing.

    CHCDIS1C Orientation to Disability Work - 50 hours
    This unit is intended to provide an introduction to working with people with a disability.

    CHCAC3C Orientation to Aged Care Work - 50 hours
    This unit describes the roles and responsibilities by the worker in their role as a carer to perform work that reflects an understanding of the structure and profile of the residential aged care sector and key issues facing older people in the community. This unit applies to all workers in the aged care sector or those working with older people.

    CHCOHS302A Participate in Safety Procedures for Direct Care Work - 30 hours
    On completion of this unit, the worker in these particular sectors will be able to accurately identify the major occupational health and safety hazards, manual handling, together with other hazards that may include dealing with aggressive behaviours, stress, etc. The worker will also be able to assess related risk as well as follow instructions and procedures with minimal supervision and support. The worker will also be capable of participating and contributing to OHS management issues.

    CHCCS301A Work within a Legal and Ethical Framework - 50 hours
    This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by the workers to work within a legal and ethical framework that supports duty of care requirements.
    This unit is equivalent to SRCCRO007A Operate in Accordance with Accepted Instructional Practices, Styles and Legal and Ethical Responsibilities which is a prerequisite to SRCCRO009A Conduct a Recreation Program for Older Persons.

    CHCCOM4B Develop, Implement and Promote Effective Communication Techniques – 75 hours
    Applying higher level communication skills required for effective operation in the workplace.

    CHCCS401A Facilitate Co-operative Behaviours – 40 hours
    This unit is concerned with the competencies required to respond to unacceptable behaviour and support responsibility for behaviour management and change.

    CHCCS405A Work Effectively with Culturally Diverse Clients and Co-workers – 30 hours
    This unit deals with the cultural awareness required for effective communication and co-operation with persons of diverse cultures.

    CHCAC15A Provide Care Support which is Responsive to the Specific Nature of Dementia – 60 hours
    Provision of care to clients with dementia in a variety of settings including family houses, community day settings and residential care.

    CHCRH2A Leisure and Health Programming – 70 hours
    Work with Health Practitioners and other relevant people to create, plan, co-ordinate, deliver and evaluate appropriate leisure and health activities and programs for individuals and groups.

    CHCRH3B Develop Leisure & Recreation Programs for Clients with Special Needs – 70 hours
    Identifying and responding to the groups and individuals with special needs.

    CHCGROUP3C Plan and Conduct Group Activities – 50 hours
    Participating in establishing and leading a range of informal and formal groups in a variety of settings.

    CHCORG5B Maintain an Effective Work Environment - 50 hours
    Meeting individual responsibilities within a work group.

    CHCRH4B Co-ordinate, Implement and Monitor Leisure and Health Programs – 90 hours
    Advanced planning, co-ordination and evaluation of programs for the provision of activities for individuals and groups.

    CHCORG25B Recruit and coordinate volunteers - 70 hours
    This unit deals with developing and supporting volunteer workers in an agency.

    CHCINF2B Maintain organisation’s information systems – 40 hours
    Collecting, storing and providing accurate and current information to clients.

    Diploma: (Second year of Diploma)
    These additional four units will complete the Diploma

    CHCCD12D Apply Community Development - 50 hours
    This unit reflects skills and knowledge required for working within a community development framework. A community development framework may include a range of methods designed to strengthen and develop communities by enhancing individual and group capacity to confidently engage with community structures and to address problems and issues.

    CHCOHS401A Implement and Monitor OH&S Policies and Procedures for the Workplace – 50 hours
    On completion of this unit, the worker will be able to accurately implement and monitor defined OHS policies and procedures for a work place or area, within scope of responsibilities. The worker will also be capable of coaching the team in participating and contributing to OHS management issues. The worker will be able to perform duties as a safety committee member or a team leader in an organisation.

    CHCCS402A Respond Holistically to Client Issues - 75 hours
    The focus of the work is assisting clients to address their own issues.

    CHCORG28A Reflect and Improve Upon Professional Practice – 120 hours
    This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to evaluate own work, continuing self-development and effective supervision within an ethical code of practice.

    CHCORG11B Lead and develop others - 90 hours
    Achieving identified work outcomes through managing, leading and developing individuals and teams in the work group or organisation.

    Assessment
    Graded assessment, including written tasks, research activities, project work, workplace assessment, classroom participation and online reflection and discussion.

    Features
    A practical and theoretically based course delivered in a supportive learning environment. The Diploma is recognised as the current industry standard for developing, co-ordinating and delivering therapeutic lifestyle and leisure programs in community care settings. Graduates may work with clients in disability, aged care, youth work or with children, in residential or day care settings, Home and Community Care (HACC), interim or acute care.

    Career Opportunities
    Lifestyle and Leisure Co-ordinator, Recreation Co-ordinator, Recreational Therapist, Diversional Therapist or other relevant area of leisure/recreation program delivery.

    Further Study
    Certificate, Diploma and Degree courses in Disability, Community Development, Arts Therapy, Recreation, Leisure and Health, Health Sciences, Social Work or Service Co-ordination.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/RCC
    There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
    • Previous study
    • Knowledge
    • And/or skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course
    Contact the department for further details

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