CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

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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 in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.


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CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health
  • Course Duration: 48 Weeks (excluding holidays)
    61 Weeks (including holidays)
  • Practical Placement Hours: To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 160 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.
  • Full Time Study: • Classroom
    • Structured Online Activities
    • Self-Reflection
    • Self-Study
    • Readings, and
    • Research
  • Mode of Delivery: Classroom
  • At this level of study it is expected that you study for a minimum of 25 hours of study per week. You are required to attend class 1 day per week, 9:30am to 3:00pm, participate in structured online activities and self-study including but not limited to readings, research, assessment tasks and self-reflection.

  • Location: Geelong
    Country Victoria

Methods of assessment may include:

  • Written Questionnaire
  • Observation, Third Party/Supervisors Report, Demonstration
  • Projects/ Assignments
  • Simulated Learning/Assessment Environments
  • Other (including work placement)

There are no AQF Pre Requisites for this qualification.

AGB Training requires the applicant to successfully complete

  • Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment
  • Pre-Training Review
  • Enrolment Application Form
Fees & Charges
Fees & ChargesSkills FirstFull Fee
Administration Fee$100.00$10,000.00
Textbook Fee$140.00$140.00
Victorian Government Contribution for Skills First Funded Students: $9,360.00
Payment Options

Skills First Funded Students

Upfront payment prior to commencement of first class

 Fee for Service Students

Deposit of 10% is required prior to commencement of course.  Fortnightly or monthly payments must be paid as per direct debit payment schedule.

Text Book Fee

Text book are to be ordered by the student prior to commencement of class.  Prices are set by and paid directly the publisher and are subject to change.

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Text Books

It is responsibility of students to purchase all text books prior to first class.

  • Working Safely in Community Services : Handbook for Workplaces
  • WorkSafe Victoria
  • Published by WorkSafe Victoria
  • Purchase Online
  • Mental Health in Australia Collaborative Community Practice 3rd Edition
  • Graham Meadows, John Farhall, Ellie Fossey, Margaret Grigg, Fiona McDermott, Bruce Singh
  • Published by Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780195574883
  • Purchase Online
Course ProgramTo achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate a competency in -
20 units of competency (15 core units and 5 elective units)

Professional Practice
  • Core
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Work with Diversity
  • Core
    Work with diverse people
  • Core
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Work Health and Safety (Student Practical Placement Required)
  • Core
    Manage work health and safety
Provide Mental Health Services (Student Practical Placement Required)
  • Core
    Establish self-directed recovery relationships
  • Core
    Provide recovery oriented mental health services
  • Core
    Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
Complexity and Trauma (Student Practical Placement Required)
  • Core
    Implement trauma informed care
  • Core
    Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
Dual Diagnosis and Support
  • Elective
    Assess needs of client with alcohol and other drug issues
  • Core
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs
  • Core
    Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • Elective
    Support counselling clients in decision making process
Provide Promotion Programs and Develop Wellness Plans
  • Core
    Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
  • Core
    Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
Relationships and Recovery
  • Elective
    Facilitate the counselling relationship process
  • Elective
    Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers
Case Coordination
  • Elective
    Coordinate complex case requirements
Advocate for Clients or Groups
  • Core
    Provide systems advocacy services
  • Core
    Research and apply evidence to practice

Upon successful completion, students will have gained the knowledge and skills required to apply for further studies in either CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, or pathway to second year entry into Charles Sturt University’s undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Social Work, via online studies or in Australia on campus at Wagga Wagga or Port Macquarie, NSW. For further details and entry requirements to the university pathway, please refer to the website:

  • CourseCHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health
  • UniversityCharles Sturt University
  • CreditsUp to 8 Subjects (64 Credit Points)
  • DegreeBachelor of Social Work