CHC53315 - Diploma of Mental Health

18 months
Face-to-Face, Workplace Based, Blended

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to work in the mental health industry. The course is structured to combine theory with practical placement and is directed towards providing students with relevant skills, knowledge, and values necessary to have as professional Counsellor.

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 regarding laws affection people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

Career Opportunities

  • Youth Support Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Residential Youth worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Child Protection Support Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Family Services Coordinator
  • or other areas within the Community sector

Units of Competency

In order to gain the Diploma of Mental Health, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty (20) units of competency, comprising of:

Fifteen (15) core units, and five (5) elective units, of which:

  • At least 3 electives must be selected from the electives listed on the following link
  • Up to 2 units can be selected from the listed units or any other endorsed training package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.
Provide systems advocacy services
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
Provide recovery orientated mental health services
Work collaboratively with care network and other services
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
Implement trauma informed care
Research and apply evidence to practice
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Manage work health and safety


Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services
Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, Integrity Education Group requires students to be over 18 years of age at the course commencement. Students will need to complete work-placement for this course, and therefore, must be able to obtain a satisfactory National Police check and Working With Children check.

Integrity Education Group also requires all prospective students to undertake a formal pre-training review (PTR) and language, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine the suitability and readiness of the student for the program.  During the this process, the Integrity Education Group staff will ensure the following are discussed/determined:

  • Career and educational aspirations
  • Suitability for the intended program and subsequent industry
  • Literacy and numeracy capabilities
  • Digital capability and capacity

Delivery & Assessment

To ensure we cater for all our student needs, students will have the choice of delivery methods, including:

Face to face on campus classes

Virtual (online classes)

A blend of both face to face on campus classes and virtual classes

All assessments can be completed online or in paper base format, and all practical assessments will be completed in the workplace or specially designed simulated environment.

This qualification also requires you to complete 160 hours of work placement in an Organisation that support people with Mental Health issues.  Integrity Education Group can assist you in finding placement if you can’t access one yourself.

Integrity Education Group will monitor your activities to ensure reasonable progress is being made, and our highly qualified and supportive trainers and assessors will be there to provided any additional support you may need outside of class time.

Credit Transfer

In order for us to award a credit transfer a student will need to provide us with a Statement of Attainment that listed the exact unit and code that matches the unit in the qualification they wish to credit transfer.  If the unit code or name do no match exactly then a student may wish to apply for recognition of prior learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning

In order for us to award RPL, a student need to provide sufficient evidence of prior study and/or work experience that demonstrates their skills and knowledge in unit of competency.  RPL will require students to complete a portfolio of evidence and participate in a competency conversation and practical demonstration.  RPL does incur an addition cost of up to $450 per unit.

Fees & Funding

The applicable amount of fees depends on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment e.g. whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

For more information, refer to the course fees.

Government Subsidised
Integrity Education Group is offering Government subsidised places to students under the Skills First program and the Job Trainer Initiative for eligible students. Check your eligibility

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