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Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

A Brief Description

CHC43515 – Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work 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.

Qualification Overview

Horizon2 is a specialist training provider with a training team of experienced community service professionals. Through this team of industry professionals you have the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification CHC43515 – Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. Successful candidates will need to complete 15 units of competency comprising 8 mandatory core and 7 elective units. Elective units have been chosen to meet industry requirements.

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Core Units

CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
CHCMHS007 – Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008 – Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS011 – Assess and promote social, emotional, and physical wellbeing
CHCPWK001 – Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
CHCPWK002 – Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services
CHCPWK003 – Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units

CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPWK005 – Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker
CHCCCS003 – Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCAOD001 – Work in alcohol and other drugs context 
CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS004 – Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS002 – Establish self-directed recovery relationships

HOW DOES IT WORK?

You will be asked to complete 15 subjects via online learning. You may also apply for Recognition of Prior Learning if you believe you already have the knowledge and skills relevant to a particular unit or units. An RPL application must be submitted at the time of enrolment and the onus is on the student to provide sufficient, current, valid and authentic evidence against each of the units. Where there are gaps in your evidence, a professional conversation with your assessor may provide additional evidence. Your assessor may also ask you to provide further evidence to substantiate your claim of competency in a particular unit/s.

Where gaps in evidence remain – that is that you cannot be considered competent on the evidence provided, gap training will be made available to you. For gap training, you will be provided with workbooks and given assessments to complete. It is possible that gap training might include practical assessments.

HOW LONG WILL THE COURSE TAKE?

This is a self-paced program so the time to complete depends on the rate of submission. It is anticipated the process will take up to 1 year and is mostly dependent on you completing the assessment so that your assessor can review it. We will move at your pace and support you to set achievable goals

EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES

EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES CAN INCLUDE:

  • Residential Youth Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Immigration Support and Resettlement Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Domestic and Family Violence Worker

Note: Some roles may require a Minimum Qualification level. Candidates will receive support from an allocated trainer throughout their training. Candidates will be provided with direct contact details for their trainer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are no mandated entry requirements for the program.

VOCATIONAL PLACEMENT

The qualification involves a mandatory 80 hour Vocational Placement. Horizon2 may be able to assist you to identify and negotiate an appropriate placement. If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practicing your skills in the workplace. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete a minimum of 80 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification

SECURITY CHECKS

As you will be working with client groups who are vulnerable and at risk, you will almost certainly require police checks and working with children checks/disability checks. 

A National Police Check certificate will list any court outcomes that can be disclosed, along with pending charges. This includes any interstate matters. The certificate won’t include any restricted court outcomes, such as certain juvenile convictions. 

If you have a previous conviction, please discuss this with your course consultant to determine if it will impact your ability to secure volunteer work in the community services industry.  

PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS

We understand that times can be tough, so we offer payment plans that can be negotiated with you via Pay Advantage or you can use HUMM EZIPAY. Applicants of a Pay Advantage payment plan will only receive certification when program payment is made in full. 

You can talk to a member of the enrolments team about your particular circumstances at any time. Just call 1300 889 564 or send us an enquiry. We are here to help and can devise an alternative payment plan for you, if required. We will not ask you to pay any more than $1500 in advance of any service provided.

FUNDING

Unfortunately, we do not currently have any funding available for this qualification.

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