CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health
**This training is subsidised by the NSW Government to eligible students.
CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health
Why study this course?
This qualification is designed for people with relevant experience in the Community Services or Mental Health sectors who provide support to clients affected by mental health. You can consider this course as a pathway to positions with greater responsibility and opportunities to advance your career within the mental health sector.
It is for those who have a high level understanding of the industry especially the laws affecting people with mental health issues. You will also need to have practical skills and high level competencies in provision of support to people with a range of mental health issues in various contexts.
Once you graduate, you will be able to provide a range of support such as counselling, referral, advocacy and education or health promotion services to clients.
The Diploma of Mental Health prepares you for employment in the mental health industry as a:
- Community Rehabilitation Support Worker
- Mental Health Outreach Worker
- Welfare Support Worker
- Mental Health Support Worker
Newcomers to the sector should consider the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health.
Who is this course for?
This course is for:
- those who hold a Certificate IV level qualification in mental health or any other relevant qualifications and aim to advance their career in the sector
- people who are currently working within the mental health sector providing support to people with mental health or disability but do not hold a qualification in mental health.
After achieving this qualification, you might be interested in the following courses:
Manage work health and safety
Work with diverse people
Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
Promote Aboriginal and / Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drug issues
Provide recovery-oriented mental health issues
Provide systems advocacy services
Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
Implement recovery-oriented approaches to complexity
Implement trauma-informed care
Research and apply evidence to practice
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Manage personal stressors in the work environment
Facilitate the recovery process with the person and family carers
Provide loss and grief support
Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
Potential Career Outcomes
What is Work Placement?
Work Placement is a structured workplace learning program that enables you to complete your practical tasks and prepares you for the workforce.
Anyone who isn't already working in a job role related to the qualification within the industry will need to do work placement.
Minimum required hours
This course includes a minimum of 80 hours in a suitable workplace to complete practical tasks.
Learn More: Work Placement
Discounts, Funding & Payment Plans
Government Funding Eligibility
You may be eligible for a government Smart and Skilled subsidy if you fulfil specific criteria, allowing you to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider. To be eligible, you must fulfil the following four conditions:
- You are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
- 15 years old or over
- No longer at school
- Living or working in NSW
All NCA flexible online Certificate and Diploma courses are Smart and Skilled funded for eligible students.
Learn More: Smart & Skilled - Are you eligible?
Course Fee Discounts*
If you pay your course fee in full, upfront, you are entitled to a 20% Discount.
You'll receive a 5% discount off the full course fee if you enrol in another full qualification with us.
Fee Payment Plans*
We offer flexible weekly or fortnightly payment plans, interest free direct debits.
Learn More: Download Course Guide*
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