Are you more about personal support and guidance than hands on care?
This qualification is suited to individuals who see themselves more as a support person than a physical carer. Graduates of this qualification will be able to provide advanced support and guidance to individuals with mental illness as well as deliver client services based on individual case management and intervention.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, how we feel, and how we act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, make choices and relate to others. And is important at every stage of life, from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood.
When a persons mental health begins to deteriorate they start to experience certain feelings and behaviours. These feelings and behaviours in turn affect their personal relationships with other people and gradually effects their physical health as well.
It is at this point in time that a mental health care worker would come into the equation. Sometimes it is earlier, sometimes it is much later. It all depends on the individuals ability to recognise that they have a mental health problem and ask for help.
As a mental health care worker you are often on the front line. There from the start of an individuals journey offering them timely access to a number of high-quality service providers able to help them with their mental health issues.
Such services may include trauma, grief or personal counselling, referrals, advocacy education and health promotion services, all intended to help individuals take back control of their lives and nurture their mental health.
So if you are interested in helping people realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life and make meaningful contributions to their communities, give one of our Course Advisors a call and we can help you find the course that is right for you.
There is no pre-requisite for this qualification, however, you will be required to complete an LLN test prior to enrolment commencement to determine your suitability for this course. You must hold a Certificate III or Certificate IV qualification in any industry to enrol in this qualification, this ensures you are able to meet the demands of a diploma level qualification. . This qualification will enable you to provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues, provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. You are required to have high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health. If you are not currently working or volunteering directly in the Community Service Industry (that relates directly to mental health services) will need to undertake a 160 hour practical placement throughout the enrolment time period. This practical placement can be completed incrementally throughout the duration of the course or in blocks. Suitable practical placements must be in a service where you will interact and provide a service to people with mental health issues/illness. Students on practical placement will need to complete a practical placement log. If you are employed in this industry, you will be required to supply a letter from your employer stating your work role and working hours within 1 month of commencing the qualification.
- Reflect on and improve own professional practise
- Develop, implement and review quality framework
- Provide recovery oriented mental health services
- Work with diverse people
- Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
- Manage partnership agreements with service providers
- Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
- Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
- Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
- Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
- Provide loss and grief support
- Establish self-directed recovery relationships
- Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
- Coordinate complex case requirements
- Implement trauma informed care
- Research and apply evidence to practice
- Establish and maintain strategic networks
On completion of this qualification you may seek employment as a;
- Welfare Support Worker
- Mental Health Outreach Worker
- Support Worker
- Community Support Worker
- Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker
- Mental Health Community Worker
- Mental Health Support Worker
It is a requirement of this qualification that students be employed in the Community Services industry in a position suitable to the qualification and have a minimum of 160 hours of relevant experience.
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