National code: RTOSS

Statement of Attainment in Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Overview About this course

Complement your emotional intelligence with the Statement of Attainment in Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs. Harness the person-centred approach. Learn skills to support clients in reaching their goals and be a catalyst for positive change.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Research, analyse and apply alcohol and other drug work policy and legal frameworks to work practices

  • Apply a harm minimisation approach to maximise support for clients

  • Respond to distressed clients in a calm, measured manner in line with organisation requirements

  • Identify and respond to issues of personal safety for yourself, clients and others

  • Assist clients to contact other agencies or services to obtain further information and support

  • Document interactions and services according to policy and procedure

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited Statement of Attainment

  • A pathway to further study in community services

  • Credit towards a full qualification

  • The ability to support and collaborate with people with alcohol and other drug issues and/or mental health issues, employing a person-centred approach

  • Specialist skills to assist clients to make informed decisions and refer them to additional services when appropriate

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Experience working or volunteering in the mental health industry

  • The ability to work with people in difficult situations and circumstances

  • Empathy, patience and the capacity to empower others

  • The ability to respond well to rapid change

  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multi-task

Important information

  • This qualification contains content, concepts and scenarios that may be distressing. Please consider your personal resilience and any potential emotional triggers when participating in this qualification and in any future employment in this field.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: support worker (community services) or neighbourhood centre worker with Certificate III in Community Services, drug and alcohol community support worker, case worker (community services) or drug and alcohol worker with the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and mental health worker with Certificate IV in Mental Health.


When applying for work in the community services industry, you will often be required to complete a National Police Check, Working with Children Check (WWCC) and National Disability Insurance Scheme Worker Check (NDISWC), as well as required vaccinations and health screenings.

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

  • Work with people with mental health issues CHCMHS001

  • Work in an alcohol and other drugs context CHCAOD001

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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