Community Services (Mental Health)

Qualification Diploma (NRT)
Course number 11451
National Code CHC50312
Training Package CHC08 - Community Services
Program area Community Services and Health  
Duration (nominal hours) 948
This course replaced 18177 - Community Services (Mental Health)
 

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Course overview

Course Description

This qualification is for workers who provide services to clients in
relation to mental health issues. Learners will develop skills in
counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services.
High level specialist knowledge and skills will be developed in regard to
laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health
issues related to mental health.  

REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE FOR STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN WORK PLACEMENT
 
Some or all of the following advice will apply to you, depending on your
course and the type of organisation where you will be undertaking work
placement.  

1 NSW MINISTRY OF HEALTH WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE
 
National Criminal Record Check
Before you undertake clinical work placement in a NSW Health facility you
will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a
National Police Certificate, either through a state or territory police
service or through the Australian Federal Police. If you have any criminal
records, you will be subject to a risk assessment and must obtain an
authority to undertake clinical placements from the NSW Ministry of
Health, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Branch.
 
You will only be exempt from undertaking a CRC if you are under 18 years
of age at the commencement of your course.
 
NSW Health Student Undertaking
In addition, you will be required to sign the NSW Health Student
Undertaking, agreeing to notify NSW Health  if you are charged or
convicted of any criminal offence after the date of issue of your National
Police Certificate or during the completion of your course.
 
Volunteer/Student Declaration
Before commencing each clinical work placement in a NSW Health facility
you will be required to sign and provide a NSW Commission for Children and
Young People Volunteer/Student Declaration. This form declares that you
are not prohibited from working with children and young people.
 
Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious
Disease NSW Health also requires students to undertake Occupational
Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases. Before
commencing work placement you will have to provide NSW Health  with your
Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.
 
Please note that these requirements may take several months to complete
and you will be required to pay for your Criminal Record Check screening
and any necessary immunisations.
 
NSW Health Code of Conduct
Finally, before you undertake clinical work placement in a NSW Health,
you will be given the NSW Health Code of Conduct and be required to sign a
form stating that you have read and understood it.
 
For more information visit the NSW Ministry of Health website at:
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/ and type 'clinical placement' in search area.
 
2 AGED CARE WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE
 
National Criminal Record Check
Before you undertake a work placement in a federally funded Aged Care
Facility (or NSW Health facility) you will be required to undertake a
Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate,
either through a state or territory police service or through the
Australian Federal Police.  

Anyone whose Police Certificate shows that they have been convicted of
murder or sexual assault, or convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for
any other form of assault, is not permitted to work within an aged care
service if they are reasonably likely to have access to care recipients.
For all other types of convictions and work roles, it is up to approved
providers to determine whether the individual is suitable to be hired or
to continue in their current roles.  

Students will only be exempt from undertaking a CRC if they are under the
age of 16 or full-time students under the age of 18 years.
 
Please note that these requirements may take several months to complete
and you will be required to pay for your Criminal Record Check screening
and any necessary immunisations.
 
For more information visit the Department of Health and Ageing website at:
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Home
 
3 COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE
 
Volunteer/Student Declaration
Before commencing each work placement where you will come into contact with
children, you will be required to sign and provide a NSW Commission for
Children and Young People Volunteer/Student Declaration. This form
declares that you are not prohibited from working with children and young
people.  

NSW Working with Children Check
Depending on the organisation's work placement policy and procedures, you
may also be required to complete a NSW Working with Children Check.
 
For more information visit the NSW Commission for Children and Young People
website at http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au
 
4 STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES IN WORK PLACEMENT
 
To help you understand your responsibilities in the workplace, you will be
given a Student Code of Conduct which indicates expected standards of
behaviour in the workplace. Students who have committed a breach of
discipline or who are assessed as presenting a significant risk to
themselves or others during work placement may be prevented from
undertaking or continuing work placement. This may mean they will not
complete the course. If you require any further information talk to your
teacher.  

5 STUDENT READINESS FOR WORK PLACEMENT
 
Generally, work placements will only occur after there has been a
reasonable amount of student/teacher contact. Wherever possible, an
assessment event will be undertaken by students to determine work
placement readiness. Based on the evidence provided, the teacher will form
a judgement as to the student's readiness to benefit from workplace
learning and perform workplace duties with: - the required level of
expertise; - due regard to ethical conduct;
- avoidance of behaviour posing an unacceptable level of risk to
  themselves, workplace employer/employees or clients/customers,
  including those in vulnerable circumstances.
 
If you require any further information about any work placement
requirements, talk to your teacher.

Student Responsibilities in Work Placement

In many TAFE NSW courses, some of the learning and assessment occurs in the
workplace or a simulated workplace. A simulated workplace is very similar to a
real workplace and may have clients, but is usually within a TAFE NSW campus.
 
TAFE NSW has a responsibility to protect members of the public (and the students
themselves) from being harmed by students taking part in workplace or simulated
workplace learning. If there is evidence that your skills or behaviour could
present a risk to yourself or other people in the workplace, you may not be
allowed to participate in a work placement, at least for a period of time.
 
To help you understand your responsibilities in the workplace, you will be given
a code of practice which indicates expected standards of behaviour. Your teacher
will explain to you and your workplace supervisor the range of duties for which
you have the skills and knowledge. You must not carry out duties other than
those indicated by your teacher.
 
You need to take particular care if workplace clients are people who may be in
vulnerable circumstances - for example, people who are frail, children, young
people, people with a disability or people who are receiving a type of service
which may put them in vulnerable circumstances (for example, massage therapy or
nursing care).
 
A NSW Commission for Children and Young People Volunteer/Student Declaration
must be signed by students in courses where contact will be made with children
and young people. This form declares that the student is not prohibited from
working with children and young people. In some circumstances students may be
required to undertake a criminal records check or a Working with Children Check.
Your teacher will give you more information about this.
 
Students who have committed a breach of discipline or who are assessed as
presenting a significant risk to themselves or others during work placement may
be prevented from undertaking or continuing further work placement. This may
mean they will not complete the course.
 
Your teacher or an enrolling officer can provide you with more information about
this policy. If you are unsure about whether it may prevent you from completing
a course you could discuss the matter with a staff member of TAFE NSW
Counselling and Career Services.

Career Opportunities

Occupational titles may include:
- community rehabilitation and support worker;
- community support worker;
- mental health community worker;
- mental health outreach worker;
- mental health rehabilitation support worker;
- mental health support worker.

Articulation

Upon completion of this qualification you will gain advanced standing into a
number of units of competency in CHC08 Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced
Diploma qualifications. You may also be eligible for advanced standing in
university qualifications.

Entry Requirements

 To gain entry into this qualification a candidate must:
-  Be recently appointed or currently working in a community support mental
health work role and have a relevant recognised higher education or
vocational education qualification at Certificate IV or above
-  Be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or
recognition process, against the following qualification (or equivalent):
* CHC40512 Certificate IV in Mental Health
-  Have sufficient work experience in the relevant sector to indicate likely
success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:
* The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of
a broad range of technical and other skills
* A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity
in the range and choices of actions required
* The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general
guidance

 

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Locations & fees

Commercial fees apply to offerings of this course at the following locations.
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Course structure

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What you must do to complete the course

The course structure below shows what you must do to complete this course.
units/modules are arranged in groups and sometimes also in subgroups.
 
You must complete each group as specified as well as following the course
completion instructions.   If a course contains optional groups there will
statement at the top of the course indicating how many you must do.  At the
top of any group containing optional subgroups there will be a statement
saying how many you must do.
 
 
This course reflects the packaging requirements for CHC50312 Diploma of
Community Services (Mental health) within the Community Services Training
Package Version 4.0 (CHC08 version 4.0). The rules from CH08 v4.0 are as
follows:
 
16 units must be selected for this qualification including:
- 14 core units
- 2 elective units
 
A wide range of elective units is available, including:
- Relevant electives listed in CHC50312
- Units of competency to address workplace requirements, and packaged at
the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or
Health Training Packages
- Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, units of competency
packaged at this level or higher in other relevant Training Packages
 
The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice
All workers undertaking mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs work
need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or
Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and
co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This
foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to
qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of
competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community
Services Training Package.
 
Where work involves a specific focus on both Aboriginal and/or Torres
Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or
more of the following electives is recommended:
- HLTHIR403C   Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and
co-workers - HLTHIR404D   Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres
Strait Islander people
- PSPMNGT605B  Manage diversity
 
To satisfy the Training Package requirements, this TAFE NSW course has been
structured as follows:
 
Group 1 - Core Units
--------------------
You must complete all fourteen (14) core units from this group.
 
Group 2 - Relevant Elective Units listed in the Training Package
----------------------------------------------------------------
You must complete two (2) elective units from subgroup 1 and/or subgroup 2.
 
NOTES FOR STUDENTS
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1. LEARNER SUPPORT
Students who require support to meet their learning goals may co-enrol in
the Learner Support course (TAFE Course Number 9999). Talk to your teacher
think you may require learner support.
 
2. SELECTION OF ELECTIVES
Talk to your teacher and/or workplace trainer to ensure that your
combination of electives provides you with a suitable vocational outcome.
 
3. RECOGNITION
If you have completed other relevant training you may be eligible to have
units of competency from previous training counted towards completion for
this course. Talk to your teacher or workplace trainer if you think you
may be eligible for recognition for units previously completed.
 
4. PREREQUISITE UNITS
Some units in this course may have prerequisites that must be completed in
lower level qualification or selected as part of this course. Refer to the
Training Package or consult your teacher for information about
prerequisites to elective units.
 
Unit         Pre-requisite
CHCCM501A    CHCCM404A  Undertake case management for clients with complex
 
CHCAOD512B   CHCICS305B Provide behaviour support in the context of
individualised plans
 
CHCCS305C    HLTAP301B  Recognise healthy body systems in a health care
context  

CHCCSL509A   CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework
CHCCSL503B Facilitate the counselling relationship
CHCCSL507B Support clients in decision-making processes
 

Course Elective Completion:

At least 2 elective modules/units must be completed. These may be chosen from group 2

 
Group 1 CORE UNITS
All module/units must be completed

*  indicates that the module contributes to the grade of the award

Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
CHCAD504B * Provide advocacy and representation services 70
CHCAOD510B * Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and-or other drugs issues 80
CHCCOM403A * Use targeted communication skills to build relationships 60
CHCCS504B * Provide services to clients with complex needs 75
CHCCW503A * Work intensively with clients 60
CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings 50
CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes 60
CHCMH404B Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process 50
CHCMH409A Facilitate consumer, family and carer participation in the recovery process 60
CHCMH501A * Provide advanced supports to facilitate recovery 60
CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice 80
CHCPOL501A * Access evidence and apply in practice 48
CHCPROM503A * Provide community focused promotion and prevention strategies 75
HLTWHS401A Maintain workplace WHS processes 20
 
Group 2 RELEVANT ELECTIVE UNITS LISTED IN CHC50312
Only 2 module/units must be completed
Subgroup 1 RELEVANT ELECTIVE UNITS LISTED IN THE TRAINING PACKAGE
You may choose electives from this group
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector 50
CHCAOD511C Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and-or other drug issues 90
CHCAOD512B Develop and implement a behaviour response plan 70
CHCAOD513A Provide relapse prevention strategies 70
CHCCD420B Work to empower Aboriginal and-or Torres Strait Islander communities 40
CHCCH301C Work effectively in social housing 40
CHCCH410B Manage and maintain tenancy agreements and services 85
CHCCH427B Work effectively with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness 60
CHCCH428B Work effectively within the Australian housing system 50
CHCCH522B Undertake outreach work 60
CHCCM404A Undertake case management for clients with complex needs 75
CHCCM501A Coordinate complex case requirements 50
CHCCM705C Work effectively with carers and families in complex situations 60
CHCCS305C Assist clients with medication 60
CHCCS417B Provide support and care relating to suicide bereavement 50
CHCCS421B Undertake community sector work within own community 50
CHCCS426B Provide support and care relating to loss and grief 50
CHCCS506A Promote and respond to workplace diversity 50
CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework 75
CHCCSL502A Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills 50
CHCCSL503B Facilitate the counselling relationship 100
CHCCSL507B Support clients in decision-making processes 75
CHCCSL509A Reflect and improve upon counselling skills 70
CHCDFV402C Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence 48
CHCDFV505C Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence 36
CHCGMB501A Work effectively in the problem gambling sector 60
CHCGMB502A Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues 75
CHCGMB503A Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling issues 80
CHCINF505D Meet statutory and organisation information requirements 75
CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively 40
CHCMH405A Work collaboratively to support recovery process 50
CHCMH502A Provide supports for children at risk of mental health problems 80
CHCMH503A Provide forensic mental health services 75
CHCNET503D Develop new networks 50
CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health 40
CHCOHC402A Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care 40
CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues 40
CHCORG525D Recruit and coordinate volunteers 60
CHCORG611C Lead and develop others in a community sector workplace 75
CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues 38
HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context 50
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers 30
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 20
PSPMNGT605B Manage diversity 12
 
Subgroup 2 OTHER ELECTIVE UNITS FROM CHC08 & HLT07 AT CIV OR HIGHER
You may choose electives from this group
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
CHCICS305B Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans 40
 

Requirements to receive the qualification

To achieve qualification CHC50312 Diploma of Community Services (Mental health)
(TAFE NSW course 11451), learners are required to complete 16 units of
competency, comprising:
 
- 14 compulsory units from Group 1
-  2 elective units from Group 2, subgroups 1 and/or 2.

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