Demand for dedicated professionals in this sector is consistently growing. If you have a passion for helping others and are looking for an interesting and challenging field to specialise in, our mental health course will be a great fit for you.
Your training is a combination of classroom and practical elements like role plays, simulations and compulsory work placement. This gives you the skills and knowledge to provide services that maintain a therapeutic alliance with clients living with mental health issues.
You will also learn how to work from a recovery oriented perspective that is strengths-based and client-centred. You will gain the skills and knowledge to become a practitioner in this sector which includes fields such as counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services.
The outcomes for this course are the achievement of knowledge, skills and attributes to fulfil the role of workers who provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services to clients in relation to mental health issues.
Potential job outcomes may include:
Mental Health Worker
Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
Welfare Support Worker
CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health
CRICOS Course Code
Full Time 24 months
(8 Terms x 10 Weeks)
- Mental Health Worker
- Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
- Welfare Support Worker
- Community Worker
- Case Worker/Manager
- Recovery Support
Work Placement A
Mental Health Professional Practice
Mental Health Specialisation
Work Placement B
Units of Competency within the Course
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Entry Requirements - Skills, Knowledge and Experience
There are no mandatory entry requirements.
International students must be 18 years of age or above and provide evidence of the following published entry requirements as stated below.
Recommended entry requirements
- have sufficient level of language, literacy and numeracy levels in order to interpret documents, student guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans;
- have good verbal communication and interpersonal skills in order to establish and manage professional networks and client relationships with clients of various ages and backgrounds;
- have empathy and a desire to provide person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities
Academic Entry Requirements:
Year 12 or equivalent and above, and
English Language Entry Requirements:
- IELTS score 6.0 minimum (no lower than 5.5 in each band); or
- Cambridge First Certificate of English – score 169; or
- TOEFL Internet based (iBT) score 60; or
- Occupational English Test (OET) level B; or
- PTE Academic score 50
A prospective student does not need to provide evidence of an English test score with his/her application if one of the following applies:
- Prospective student is a citizen and holds a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland.
- Prospective student has completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland.
- In the 2 years before applying for the student visa, the prospective student completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while the prospective student held a student visa.
Amount of Training, Volume of learning, Mode of Study and Course Expectations
The course is delivered over 8 terms for a total duration of 24 months (80 weeks of attendance, and an average of 14-22 weeks of breaks. Additional 8 weeks if it is over 2 Christmas periods).
This full-time training program of 2400 hours is delivered as follows:
80 weeks delivery (8 x 10-week terms) comprising:
– 20 contact hours – 14 hours face to face classes and 6 hours supervised learning per week for 60 weeks (6 terms)
– 20 contact hours – 14 hours of Work Placement and 6 hours of supervised learning per week for 20 weeks (2 terms)
– 10 hours self-directed learning activities per week during each term
– 14 -22 weeks in term breaks.
Role Plays and Practical Demonstrations – Simulated Workplace Situation
ALG provides a variety of support services to students:
Based on the results of the LLN Robot test, ALG will:
- enrol the student in an appropriate course based on the student’s language literacy and numeracy levels;
- offer appropriate support in their selected course including completing recommended strategies from LLN Robot and attending additional learning support classes during term;
- provide customised learning activities to increase the relevant LLN areas through use of a range of strategies e.g. use tasks with embedded LLN skills, creating extension tasks and scaffolding interaction;
- schedule professional development of trainers and assessors on implementing support strategies and the design of learning activities that will facilitate the ongoing development of students’ LLN levels;
- ensure that students LLN capabilities are monitored during the program duration. Trainers and assessors and the learning support tutor will review each student’s LLN ability and their progress with the training and assessment tasks.
LLN Support Classes
ALG will offer LLN classes to assist students with their literacy and communication skills. These classes will run for 1.5 hours a week for 9 weeks each term.
Learning Support Classes
Learning Support classes will be scheduled on week 5 and week 9 of each term (prior to assessments due dates) to support students experiencing difficulties with their studies or assessment tasks. Additional classes may be offered subject to feedback/requests from trainers or students.
ALG provides a free counselling service on campus. Students can drop in or make an appointment to see a professional counsellor for support with their studies or personal issues. Students book online via alg.edu.au/counsellingservice;
Student Advisors/State Lead Trainers/Trainers/National Course Coordinator
Other support comes from Student Advisors, State Lead Trainers, the allocated trainer/assessor and the National Course Coordinator.
Student Advisors offer support throughout a student’s studies and can help with the following information:
Emergency and health services
Facilities and resources
Complaints and appeals processes
All students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device to participate in all theory classes. They are not provided for students. Refer to the BYOD Policy in the student handbook.
- All students will need to provide a clear and current national police check prior to the start of any work placement. Students need to apply for this check at least 6 weeks prior to undertaking a work placement. The costs for a national police check is the responsibility of the student and not included in course fees.
- A Working with Children Check (WWCC) may be required depending on the work placement venue. More information about how to obtain a WWC will be provided on Induction Day. The student is required to cover the cost of obtaining the WWCC if any.
- Uniform: ALG provides learners on work placement with 2 polo shirts. Whilst on work placement students are required to provide at their cost, and wear, navy or black slacks/ trousers/skirt and enclosed flat soled shoes (not sports runners).
To maximise the chance of a student successfully completing their training, ALG attempts to identify any support individual learners need prior to their enrollment or commencement. Some of the ways to identify learning needs is to ask all prospective students to self-assess. So prior to enrolling please ensure:
i) you can meet all course requirements (listed in this course overview)
ii) you nominate any learning needs they have prior to enrollment either by contacting us or on your application/enrolment forms, and
iii) consider booking a trial lesson if you have any doubts the course may not be suitable for you from an educational, cultural or other reason. Please refer to Section A3 of the student handbook for details.
Click here to download the Timetable for this course.