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Certificate IV in Mental Health


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Certificate IV in Mental Health – CHC43315

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Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Mental Health is the recognised qualification to become a qualified:

  • Community Worker
  • Social Welfare Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Welfare Worker

You'll gain the skills to provide self-directed, recovery-oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability.

You'll learn how to implement community-based programs, and organise and run activities with a focus on mental health, mental illness, and psychiatric disability.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible on-campus students.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Community Services or Mental Health industry.

You may find employment in one of the following contexts:

  • Community-based non-government organisations
  • Home-based outreach
  • Centre-based programs
  • Respite care
  • Residential services
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Clinical settings
  • Employment services

You'll gain important transferable skills in case management and program coordination, which will make you a valuable employee in a range of Community Services organisations.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

Course Dates & Times

Benalla - Samaria Road

2x6 hr day & 1x6 hour day unstructured learning per week/ 22 weeks - SEM 1 /2020

Seymour - Wallis Street

2x6 hr day & 1x6 hour day unstructured learning per week/22 weeks - SEM 1 /2020

Shepparton - Fryers Street

2x6 hr day & 1x6 hour day unstructured learning per week/22 weeks - SEM 1 /2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course. Students are required to meet exit level 3 in reading, writing and numeracy
  • Attend an interview
  • Hold a current and successful Working with Children Check
  • Hold a current and successful Police Check
Core Units
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Work legally and ethically
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
Provide recovery oriented mental health services
Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Work effectively in trauma informed care
Promote and facilitate self advocacy
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
Assess co-existing needs
Provide brief interventions
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Use communication to build relationships

Assessment methods may include:

  • Oral Presentations
  • Role plays
  • Workplace observation/demonstration
  • Written tasks

Mary Katsoutas
Campus: Shepparton

Andrea Steele
Campus: Seymour

Anne Cowton
Campus: Benalla/Wangaratta

Students are required to undertake 80 hours of workplace assessment.

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions..

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions, webinars and complete self-paced online learning on Moodle.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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