Learn how to provide support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability with the Certificate IV in Mental Health.
Providing with the knowledge you need to enter an ever-growing industry, this course will teach you the skills to provide self-directed, recovery-oriented support, implement community-based programs, and organise and run activities.
You'll also gain important transferable skills in case management and program coordination, which will make you a valuable employee in a range of community services organisations.
Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions
We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.
This course prepares you to work in the Community Services or Mental Health industry as a:
- Community Worker
- Social Welfare Worker
- Drug and Alcohol Worker
- Mental Health Worker
- Welfare Worker
After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.
Course Dates & Times
Benalla - Samaria Road
Blended - Starts on 19/04/2021 - Mon & Tues - 9am to 4pm/2021
Seymour - Wallis Street
Blended - Starts on 18/02/2021 - Thur workshops monthly - 9am to 4pm/2021
Detailed Fee Information
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 2021 and may change without notice.
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
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.
All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.
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 and writing, and exit level 2 in numeracy.
- Attend an interview.
- Hold a current and successful Working with Children Check.
- Hold a current and successful Police Check.
Course Study Units
Assessment methods may include:
- Oral presentations
- Workplace observations/demonstrations
- Written tasks
After graduating, work can be undertaken in a range of community contexts such as:
- Community-based non-government organisations
- Home-based outreach
- Centre-based programs
- Respite care
- Residential services
- Rehabilitation programs
- Clinical settings
- Supporting people in employment
Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.
Attendance & Commitment
Students attend face-to-face classes 2 days per week for 30 weeks. Students are expected to undertake approximately 3 hours of research per week of study over the course duration. In addition, there is a component of online content and students are expected to engage in online self-paced learning and assessments which involve research time and completing assessment tasks.
Students also undertake 80 hours of mandatory work placement which is undertaken in a block or set up as 1-2 days per week at the back end of the course to allow students to consolidate skills and knowledge in the workplace and complete assessments.
Students are strongly encouraged to engage with their trainer outside their training in order to enhance their learning by using the opportunity to clarify assessment via face to face meetings, email, GOLEARN platform and phone where required.
Where to From Here
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 submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.
Educational Support Services
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
- employment information
- activities etc.
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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