This qualification applies to workers providing services to clients in relation to mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues.
The qualification includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services
The qualification requires high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health issues and alcohol and drug use and misuse.
You will be equipped to further your career and apply for more challenging roles such as an Alcohol and Drug Counsellor in a variety of settings. The course's teaching staff have extensive experience in their field, allowing them to provide practical knowledge and advice throughout the course. A focus on developing work related skills means successful employment outcomes for graduating students.
This course can enhance your employment prospects by preparing you for work within a wide variety of mental health/alcohol/other drugs counselling settings. Typical occupational titles include:
- Alcohol and drugs worker
- Community rehabilitation and support worker
- Community support worker
- Mental health outreach worker
- Mental health rehabilitation support worker
- Mental health support worker
- Mental health community worker
- Dual diagnosis worker
Pathways/ Articulation and pathways/ Career pathways
TAFE courses can be credited towards your OUA degree
Many OUA courses provide pathways through the qualifications needed to develop your career from TAFE Diplomas through to undergraduate Bachelors degrees and then on to the postgraduate qualifications: Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Your TAFE qualification may provide you with the eligibility to apply for a higher level course or can provide you with unit exemptions and credit towards your university degree.
Applicants must demonstrate their eligibility for this course to Gipps TAFE before enrolling in any units through OUA.
To gain entry into this qualification a candidate must:
1. Be recently appointed or currently working in a community support mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs work role and have a relevant recognised higher education or vocational education qualification at Certificate IV or above
2. Be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against the core units of competency from one of the following qualifications (or equivalent):
CHC40512 Certificate IV in Mental Health
CHC40412 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
3. 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.
How to Apply
Application process for the CHC50412 Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health).
Applications are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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Students will need access to a computer and an internet connection
Formative assessment is based on the activities throughout the unit. This is pivotal to the education experience and provides reinforcement of learning and must be in your own words. Summative assessment will be based on online questions and assignments and will provide the basis of your grade. This must also be in your own words with any references properly sourced.
To qualify for the award of CHC50412 Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health) you must successfully complete 20 units.
The numbers of units to be undertaken may be reduced where a candidate is eligible for credit transfer through previous accredited training and presentation of appropriate statement of attainment in either Certificate IV in Mental Health or Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Recognition of Prior Learning is a process that assesses the individual’s formal and informal learning 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.
Applicants with relevant on-the-job experience or with successful completion of part of relevant units may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you believe you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning you will need to provide details of your relevant qualifications or experience in the Application form for the course.
The Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit section on each of the university course pages on the OUA website has information about credit or unit exemptions for your previous study at TAFE. The Eligibility section of some courses lists TAFE qualifications required before you can apply to be admitted to the course.
Further information is available from Credit for previous study
This course sits within a group of courses, giving you the flexibility to study towards different levels of qualification.
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