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Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

  • National Course Code: CHC43515
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC43515-01V02-20TAR-025

Location – Taree

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

14 Oct 2020

Study Commitment

25.3 Hours per week

Duration

29 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of workers who have lived experience of mental illness as either a consumer or carer and who work in mental health services in roles that support consumer peers or carer peers. Workers are employed in the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

WORK PLACEMENTS

Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.

  1. NSW HEALTH

Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to
Meet NSW Healths - Criminal Record Check requirements;
Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health;
Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.

For specific information regarding NSW Healths requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/careers/student_clearance/pages/default.aspx

  1. AGED CARE WORK - Before you undertake any clinical placements in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a Federal Criminal Record Check. Visit:
    http://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx

  2. COMMUNITY AND CHILDRENS SERVICES

Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Childrens Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:
http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check

  1. STUDENT READINESS FOR WORK PLACEMENT

Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES - For more information visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/rights-and-responsibilities/index.htm

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence of:

  • ID,
  • a USI (unique student identifier)
  • Australian citizenship.

To successfully complete this course:
Students will be required to successfully undertake 80 work placement hours. Students must therefore be either:

  • Employed in a relevant position in the relevant field of industry
  • Undertake a work placement - teachers can determine who, how, when and where within either their own networks or support the student to gain a placement themselves at the local level

Before commencement of professional experience, students will require:

  • A completed National Police Check
  • A valid Working with Children Check for work within NSW. The WWCC can be for volunteers (if the student is undertaking an unpaid work placement or volunteer work) otherwise they will need to have a valid WWCC for those undertaking paid work.
    Prior to students undertaking any work placements or volunteer work that has been organised as part of the requirements of the Certificate IV in Community, the WWCC is to be verified through the Office of the Children's Guardian by TAFE NSW and stored on the students file.
    Organisations that agree to offer work placements for students must also be provided with the student's WWCC and reminded of their obligation to check the validity of the provided WWCC.
    Total Work Placement Hours: 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency

INFORMATION SESSIONS

To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday 1 July 2020 10.00am to 10.45am Taree Campus, Building B, Level G, Room 11

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a full time face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 12 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 29 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 13.3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 9.2 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including reviewing class work, reading, study notes, personal thoughts/ reflections.


IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

A work day in community services means supporting people to make positive changes in their lives. If you are driven to help others, while also being passionate about your own career progression and future job prospects, TAFE NSW has a range of community service courses that will help you to reach our goals.

  • Are you patient
  • Do you have good communication skills
  • Are you energetic and passionate about your community
  • Are you able to work independently
  • Are you professional and ethical

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support
    Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00am to 3.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

RECOGNITION

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
CHCPWK002 Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers
CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCPWK004 Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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Course Location

Taree
Montgomery Crescent, Taree
Phone 131 601

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