Courses

Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

CHC43515

This qualification is designed for those who are already engaged in the mental health sector as either employees or volunteers. It 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.

Learners in this course will draw upon their lived experience of mental illness, as consumers and carers, to develop key skills in mutuality, person-first, recovery-oriented and trauma-informed approaches in mental health service delivery.

Enrolment Information and Selection Criteria for entrance to this course

Please Note:

Selection for this course is considered through your current employer in the industry. Selectors for the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work will then consider applicants 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.

This course has been co-designed with key Industry representatives and subject matter specialists validated through Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council and Tandem Carers. All delivery and assessment throughout the course will be supported by instructors with lived experience of mental illness or of caring for someone with mental health concerns.

Become qualified and choose a rewarding career path

Once you have successfully completed this qualification, you will be qualified to work in the mental health sector managed by government, public, private or community services providers.

The course is designed to create a safe space and aims to build and provide the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence in 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.

Employment outcomes

As a graduate of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, you may find work as:

  • Peer Support Worker
  • Peer Mentor
  • Family Advocate
  • Youth Peer Worker

Work Placement

As part of this course you will undertake a minimum of 80 hours work placement.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways both in the classroom and in the workplace. Methods include demonstration of tasks/techniques, group activities, in-class activities, written work and work placement.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Local Students

Code

CHC43515

Campuses

Greensborough, Preston

Department

Health and Community
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months

Part-time: A clustered delivery approach. Simulated work environment. Primarily face to face.

Class Schedule: *

Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Online, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$3200
Ineligible:$8500

Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including on-the-job demonstration of skills and knowledge, written pieces, and classroom activities. This course is set up to provide learners with a simulated work place learning environment.

Materials

Work books and class materials are supplied. Any additional material cost to be advised at information sessions

Entrance Requirements

  • you will need to have the literacy skills appropriate for the demands of this training and for the workplace
  • applicants must demonstrate a commitment to social justice, human rights and attitudes to provide clients with services that uphold their rights, promote equality, dignity and respect
  • a clear Police Check and Working with Children Check will be required for placements
  • selection criteria will consider applicants 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

Pathways to further study

Once you successfully complete this training, you may apply for entry into our CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

Career Pathways

You will be qualified for a broad range of possible career outcomes including:
  • Peer mentor
  • Advocacy Worker
  • Peer Education Officer
  • Carer
  • Youth peer worker
  • Consumer consultant
  • Carer consultant
  • Aboriginal peer worker
  • Mental Health Peer Worker
  • Family advocate
  • Consumer representative

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
CHCAOD001 WORK IN AN ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS CONTEXT 80
CHCCCS003 INCREASE THE SAFETY OF INDIVIDUALS AT RISK OF SUICIDE 110
CHCCOM002 USE COMMUNICATION TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS 55
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE 40
CHCLEG001 WORK LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY 55
CHCMHS007 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN TRAUMA INFORMED CARE 40
CHCMHS008 PROMOTE AND FACILITATE SELF ADVOCACY 50
CHCMHS011 ASSESS AND PROMOTE SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL WELLBEING 80
CHCPRP003 REFLECT ON AND IMPROVE OWN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 120
CHCPWK001 PEER WORK PRACTICES IN THE MENTAL HEALTH SECTOR 35
CHCPWK002 CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CONSUMERS AND CARERS 40
CHCPWK003 APPLY LIVED EXPERIENCE IN MENTAL HEALTH PEER WORK 40
CHCPWK004 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN CONSUMER MENTAL HEALTH PEER WORK 60
CHCPWK005 WORK EFFECTIVELY WITH CARERS AS A MENTAL HEALTH PEER WORKER 40
HLTWHS006 MANAGE PERSONAL STRESSORS IN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT 25

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.