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Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work


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Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work – CHC43515

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Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of workers who have a lived experience of mental illness as either a consumer or carer and who work in mental health services roles that support consumer peers or carer peers. Applicants experience in the area of Mental Health will be discussed during the application process to ensure suitability for the course prior to entry.

Become a Community Peer Support Worker with the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work.

This course is delivered on campus.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Mental Health and Community Services industry as a Peer Support Worker or a Community Outreach Peer Worker.

You may find work in government, public, or private sectors, or in community managed services.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in:

  • Diploma of Mental Health
  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Bachelor of Health
  • Bachelor of Community Services
  • Bachelor of Psychology

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Public - One Day P/Week - 9am to 4pm - Semester 2/2020

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:

  • Attend an interview
  • 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

Applicants must also provide:

  • Current and satisfactory National Police Check
  • Current and satisfactory Working with Children Check
  • Level 2 First Aid certificate
Core Units
Work with diverse people
Work effectively in trauma informed care
Promote and facilitate self advocacy
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers
Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
Provide advocacy and representation services
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work
Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker
Work effectively with young people and their families

Assessment methods may include:

  • Quizzes
  • Short answer questions
  • Workplace demonstration
  • Role play
  • Simulation

Students can purchase the following:

  • Peer Support Pack - $35.
    • Peer Support Workbook
    • Peer Support Pocketbook
    • Stress diffusion Wallet Card
    • De-stress Wallet Card
    • Emergency Support Network bookmark
    • Peer Support Handbook

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Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and complete all assessments

Students are enrolled part-time and attend classes one day per week, with one call in day provided each week where they are able to use the facilities, resources and access teaching staff relating to learning and assessment support.

There is a Mandatory work placement requirement of 80 hours which will be organised by GOTAFE.

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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