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Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work CHC43515

Overview

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.

Qualification: Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work CHC43515
Program No: C4-HS27
Campus: CIT Bruce 
Duration: 1 semester full-time after you have completed a Certificate Ill in Community Services (approx. 15 hours per week) OR part-time equivalent.

This qualification is part of a suite of programs including a Certificate Ill and 2 Certificate IVs. Most CIT students will complete all 3 qualifications in 1 Year (CHC32015 Certificate Ill in Community Services, CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health and CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services).

Alternatively, you can complete the Certificate IV in Mental Health in 2 semesters (full-time approx. 15 hours per week OR part-time equivalent
Cost Info:

Enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. In addition, a Service and Amenities fee of $40 will be payable each semester. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance

Indicative Cost: $1,420
Likely Job Outcome: Students who successfully complete this qualification seek employment in the sector in such occupations as:

- Community rehabilitation and support worker
- Mental health rehabilitation support worker
- Community support worker
- Mental health support worker
- Mental health outreach worker
Enrolment Type: Register Your Interest
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Skilled Capital Information

Skilled Capital

This course is offered under Skilled Capital. The initiative will give eligible participants the opportunity to complete a nationally recognised qualification and receive a completion payment from the Education Directorate. The completion payment is made upon successful completion of their skilled capital qualification which must be completed within two years of the commencement date.

To find out if you are eligible please visit the ACT Government Skilled Capital training website.

Additional Information

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

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

The preferred pathway is for all learners to complete a Certificate Ill in Community Services at CIT (CHC32015)
< br />On entry, you will need to demonstrate appropriate literacy skills by undertaking a literacy assessment. We have embedded literacy into our program to support your learning and success.

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

  • Literacy Skills Information

    • We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework levels of at least 2 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with a lower level program, or enrol in the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways (FSK10213) to develop your literacy skills. Please visit Foundation Skills or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

  • Transition Information

    • Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

  • Subject Cancellations/Changes

    • To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Core - complete all 8

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
    • CIT Code: CLTS145
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
      This unit applies to all workers.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
    • CIT Code: WELF467
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to practice and contribute to the continuous improvement of trauma informed care within a service.
      This unit applies to individuals working in the community services and health sectors where services are informed by the knowledge and understanding of central trauma, particularly the impact of interpersonal violence.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy
    • CIT Code: WELF478
      Cost: $100.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to encourage, support and promote self-advocacy. The promotion and facilitation of self-advocacy contributes to a person’s self-determination, empowerment and right to make informed choices in regard to all aspects of their life.
      This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
    • CIT Code: WELF481
      Cost: $160.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing.
      This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
    • CIT Code: WELF495
      Cost: $70.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for working with the mental health peer workforce in a range of settings where peer work occurs.
      This unit applies to peer support work with individuals affected by mental illness in a range of mental health services.
      The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCPWK002 Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers
    • CIT Code: WELF496
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to gather information and contribute to the continuous improvement of services for consumers and carers.
      This unit applies to peer work with individuals affected by a mental illness in a range of work contexts.The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
    • CIT Code: WELF497
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by consumers and carers in the mental health peer workforce to use and apply their lived experience in a purposeful way.This unit applies to consumers/carers, who as a condition of employment, must themselves have lived experience of mental illness and are working with consumers/carers who are affected by mental illness. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
    • CIT Code: WPHS101
      Cost: $40.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others.
      The unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives - complete 7

  • CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
    • CIT Code: HUSE491
      Cost: $200.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist clients to identify their rights, voice their needs and concerns and realise their interests, rights and needs.
      This unit applies to workers of all levels in a range of health or community services settings who provide services using a human rights based approach and have direct interaction with clients.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCGRP001 Support group activities
    • CIT Code: COMM502
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to participate in, and provide general support for, group work. It does not include the leadership or facilitation of groups.
      This unit applies to individuals involved group work in a range of community service settings. They work according to established organisation procedures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
    • CIT Code: LEGL219
      Cost: $110.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.
      This unit applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
    • CIT Code: HESC522
      Cost: $50.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain health and wellbeing by preventing and managing personal stress.
      This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services settings, in particular work roles that operate in high stress situations and circumstances.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCPWK004 Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work
    • CIT Code: WELF498
      Cost: $120.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish consumer peer relationships and work collaboratively with consumers and others to provide services.
      This unit applies to mental health peer work.
      The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCPWK005 Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker
    • CIT Code: WELF499
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish carer peer relationships and work collaboratively with consumers and others to provide services.
      This unit applies to mental health peer work in the mental health sector.
      The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
    • CIT Code: COMM498
      Cost: $110.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge to apply specific communication techniques to establish, build and maintain relationships with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders based on respect and trust.
      This unit applies to work across a range of workplace contexts where workers at all levels may communicate with individuals and/or groups both in person and in writing.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Certificate IV Mental Health CHC43315
Statement Attainment Mental Health Co-existing Needs Skill Set CHCSS00102
Non-Accredited Training Mental Health Awareness for Youth

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au