Courses

Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

CHC43515

Our Certificate IV in Mental Health and Peer Work is a specific qualification reflecting 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.

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.

We work closely with industry experts to develop courses that offer you the most up to date, industry relevant training. This approach will ensure you have access to training and learning environments that are supported by industry and meet industry needs and expectations. We offer enrolments into the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work in 2018. Contact one of our helpful Education and Careers Advisor for additional information (contact details outlined below).

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: available


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 Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Online, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$3650
Ineligible:$5200
Concession:$730

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

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

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

Graduates may find work, as:
  • Peer Support Workers
  • Peer Mentors
  • Family Advocates
  • Youth Peer Workers

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
CHCCDE004 Implement participation and engagement strategies 85
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion 60
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships 60
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services 60
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services 75
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 90
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
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
CHCPWK005 Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker 40
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.