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.
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
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
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
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
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.
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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Statement of Attainment in Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs does not have any pre-requisite courses.
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.
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