National code: CHC53315

Diploma of Mental Health

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Overview About this course

Become a leader in an in-demand industry and empower people to work through their recovery. Engage in advocacy work, implement trauma informed practice and develop programs as you gain the skills to enter team leader positions.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Contribute to the wellbeing and recovery of a diverse range of people
    Support individuals within a recovery framework
    Work collaboratively across a range of services
    Develop programs to support healthy outcomes for groups and the community
    Implement recovery and trauma informed frameworks
    Adhere to the laws and legislation impacting people with mental health issues

Course outcomes

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

  • A nationally accredited qualification at diploma level
    A minimum of 160 hours of work placement in industry
    Leadership and supervisory skills within the industry
    The confidence to assess and respond to complex needs
    Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

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.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
    A National Police Check
    Vaccination and health screenings
    Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Entry recommendations

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

  • A Certificate IV in Mental Health
    The desire to increase your managerial skills in the industry
    High level written and verbal communication skills
    Empathy, patience and the ability to empower others
    Good organisational and time management skills
    Ability to work independently and in groups

    #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: supervisor or team leader in a non-clinical mental health service mental health support worker.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 1 Course

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Diploma of Mental Health does not have any related courses.

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

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Mental Health qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 20 units of competency, including 15 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity CHCMHS010

  • Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs CHCMHS009

  • Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives CHCMHS012

  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002

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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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