Diploma of Mental Health
Course Code: CHC53315 | CHC52015 Code: 0101256

Faculty

Community Services

Delivery Mode

Blended and In house Simulations

Duration

104 Weeks

Course Description

COURSE CODE : CHC53315 | CRICOS CODE : 0101256

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. They can provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. These workers are required to have high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 160 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.

MODE OF STUDY

Blended / In house Simulations

COURSE DELIVERY LOCATION

Melbourne Campus
Level 5 & 9, 341-345 Queen Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000

Sydney Campus
Level 1, 37 George Street,
Parramatta NSW 2150

Course Fee/Duration

FEE

Course Duration: 104 weeks
Course Fee: AUD $20,000 (includes Workshop training , Materials & Administration Fee)

Note: Fees are subject to changes

COURSE DURATION

This course is delivered in a structured classroom environment which includes the KFI purpose built laboratory and computer laboratory. Students will also attend work placement.

The program will be delivered over 104 weeks (holiday inclusive, and 2 full days (8 hours each) and 1 half day (4 hours) per week face-to-face training), including 20 contact hours per week of theory and simulation training, self-paced structured e-learning, and at least 400 hours of work based training/professional experience placement (PEP).

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do appropriately 10 hours per week of unstructured learning

The simulation training is for review of the learning activities, practicing communication, work based skills, management skills and to undertake other assessments e.g.: group presentation/individual presentation etc.

You will find the hands-on practical simulation training interesting and beneficial, so that you can perform tasks efficiently and effectively in an actual workplace which will build your confidence and competence.

Intake Dates

INTAKE DATES
January, April, July, October

Melbourne
2022 
24/1/22 
7/3/22 
18/4/22 
23/5/22 
11/7/22 
15/8/22 
Sydney
2022 
24/1/22 
7/3/22 
18/4/22 
23/5/22 
11/7/22 
15/8/22 
Entry Requirements

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • 18 years or older upon application
  • All applicants are required to have successfully completed an LLN test and demonstrate competence for all indicators to enrol for this qualification

For international students, KFI accepts following proof of a level of English proficiency:

  • IELTS Overall 5.5 band (no band below 5.0)
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) 69-79 with no band less than 14
  • TOEFL Paper 523 (with a min. TWE 3.5)
  • TOEFL CBT (Combuted-based) 193 (with a min.TWE 3.5)
  • PTE Academic 46 with no communicative skill score less than 40

Note: Some assessment tasks are completed using a computer and internet, and it is essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.

Units Of Competency

UNIT OF COMPETENCY

This qualification requires the successful completion of 20 units of competency which consists of 15 Core units and 5 Electives

Elective Units – 15
CHCADV005Provide systems advocacy services
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS002Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS009Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
CHCMHS010Implement recovery-oriented approaches to complexity
CHCMHS011Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCMHS012Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
CHCMHS013Implement trauma informed care
CHCPOL003Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004Manage work health and safety
Elective Units – 5
CHCCSM005Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCDEV001Confirm client developmental status
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems
CHCCSL001Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCCSL007Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
Assessments

LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

A range of following assessment methods will be used to assess the students:

  • Written and oral questions
  • Presentations
  • Projects/Reports
  • Case Study/Scenarios
  • Third party reports
  • Observation in a simulated work environment
  • Observation after in actual work environment via third party reports and observation checklists
Practical Work Placement

PRACTICAL WORK PLACEMENT

What you learn at KFI has direct links to the real world. You’ll have the chance to put theory into practice in at least 400 hours of practical work placement that we arrange for you.

You’ll learn from Trainers and Assessors who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready and confidence prior to the commencement of your practical work placement.

Practical Placement, or “on-the-job” training, is an important part of the CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health. It gives you the opportunity to apply, in a real-life setting, the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom and the practical knowledge gained in the simulated lab.

It also allows you to develop these skills and practical knowledge under the supervision of experienced practitioners.

Students are required to obtain a current police check before the commencement of placement. Some placement providers may require students to hold a current Working with Children Check or immunisation before commencement of placement.

Recognition of Prior Learning

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)

Relates to the learning achieved outside the formal education and training system. It is an assessment process that assesses the individual’s non-formal and informal learning. This may include any combination of formal or informal training and education, work experience or general life experience to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a qualification.

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications.

Applications for RPL must be made prior to the commencement of the course – please speak with the Student Support Officer if you wish to apply. There is a fee for consideration of RPL applications.

Credit Transfer

CREDIT TRANSFER (CT)

If you have previously completed a unit with the same unit code or unit title as in your new course, you may be eligible for a credit transfer and you may not have to repeat that unit.

You will need to complete a credit transfer application form, and provide a certified copy of the transcript of statement of attainment.

There is a fee for this process. Applications for credit transfer must be made prior to the commencement of the course.

Qualification Pathways

QUALIFICATION PATHWAYS

After successfully completing CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health, students may apply for:

  • Bachelor of Community Welfare
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Health Science
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy
  • Bachelor of Integrative Psychotherapy

Note: While KFI may not offer all the qualifications indicated within the pathway, we identify relevant progression that may be attained. Check our website for your eligibility for the courses offered at KFI.

Career Pathways

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Successfully completing this course may enable you to work as a:

  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker/ Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker
  • Mental Health Community Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Coordinator/Assessor
  • Case Manager

* Completion of an KFI qualification does not guarantee an employment outcome

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