CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

Interested in providing self-directed recovery support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability?

This qualification includes:

  • Developing skills to work autonomously under a broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals
  • Developing skills to implement community-based programs and activities focusing on mental health and illness

Employment opportunities with this qualification are:

  • Assistant Community Services Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach
  • Outreach Officer
  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Manager

What will you achieve from completing this course?

  • A nationally recognised CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

What you need to know about this course:

  • Prior to enrolling you must read the Mental Health Pre Enrolment Policy at the bottom of this page
  • Classes commence in week 1 of each school term
  • Students will be accepted into the class throughout the term
  • You will need to plan for approximately 5-10 hours per week at home to complete assessment tasks
  • There is no training during school holidays
  • Private Facebook groups are used to share resources and learning
  • Resources are provided by SGSCC
  • Student lounge available
  • WiFi is available

What resources do you need to study from home?

  • A computer with internet access
  • Email access
  • Facebook account

Course entry requirements

  • You must attend a pre-enrolment meeting with an SGSCC representative to ascertain suitability to the course and to review your current skills and experience
  • Hold a current CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • New students are expected to attend a mandatory college orientation before course commencement. Orientation times and dates will be advised after enrolment
  • Current National Police Check (can be arranged through SGSCC)
  • Complete an SGSCC English language, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine that the student has sufficient skills to successfully complete the course
  • Note-taking materials
  • Unique Student Identifier (can be arranged through SGSCC)
  • Recognition for units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences

Do you need to complete any work placement hours?

  • Yes, you need to complete 160 hours (20 days) of work placement
  • Before commencing work placement, you will be required to get a current national criminal record check to allow you to work in a care service facility. SGSCC will assist you with this application process.

Will you need to sit for any exams?

  • No. This is a competency-based course
  • Tell us, then show us you understand and are able to implement the learning you have received
  • You will be required to competently complete assessment tasks for all 20 units of learning

Assessments are made up by a range of:

  • Case studies
  • Demonstration
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Presentation
  • Questions and answers
  • Research report

To be deemed competent:

  • You will receive clear assessment instructions
  • You must complete all assessments to a satisfactory standard as set by your trainer
  • These are assessed by your trainer
  • Opportunities will be provided for trainers to support students and to resubmit their assessments if required

Fee and Payment options:

  • $4,970 (maximum Smart and Skilled student fee)
  • $5,000 (fee for those who are ineligible for Smart and Skilled)
  • Pay in full or interest-free monthly payment plan available
  • By Cash, EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard

Delivery Overview:

  • Duration: 4 term course
  • Days: Monday and Tuesday 9am – 4.30pm
  • Units of Learning: 20
  • Requirements: Students must be working in the industry to enrol in this course as it requires workplace assessment to be conducted
  • Monthly Intake: Yes

Eligibility for Subsided Training under the Smart & Skilled Training Program:

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under the Smart & Skilled Training Program. To be eligible you must be

  • an Australian Citizen/Perm Resident/NZ citizen/humanitarian visa holder
  • aged 15 years or older, and
  • live or work in New South Wales, and
  • no longer be at school or equivalent

See Smart & Skilled page for further information.

Eligibility for “Skilling for Recovery” - Fee-Free nationally accredited training:

Skilling for Recovery is a NSW Government initiative to deliver JobTrainer funding in NSW. It provides free certificate, diploma and short course training to eligible applicants. If you meet the Smart & Skilled Program eligibility above and one of the following you could complete this course fee free:

  • Unemployed (with or without a benefit); or
  • At risk of unemployment; or
  • 17-24 years old (employed or not)

See Skilling for Recovery page for further information.

Time for you to enrol:

  • The WorkSkills team are available to take your enquiry or enrolment on 02 8543 7412 during business hours
  • At the Jannali Office Reception (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)

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Assessments are made against units of competency from the Diploma of Mental Health CHC53315.
  • Provide systems advocacy services (CHCADV005)
  • Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs (CHCMHS009)
  • Research and apply evidence to practice (CHCPOL003)
  • Confirm client developmental status (CHCDEV001)
  • Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies (CHCEDU001)
  • Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives (CHCMHS012)
  • Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management (CHCCSM005)
  • Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues (CHCAOD006)
  • Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity (CHCMHS010)
  • Manage work health and safety (HLTWHS004)
  • Implement trauma informed care (CHCMHS013)
  • Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills (CHCCSL002)
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice (CHCPRP003)