Are you passionate about caring for people living with mental health issues? If so, the Certificate of Mental Health Care is a professional development program that will give you the knowledge and skills to work in an industry that improves people’s lives using recovery-oriented support. You’ll gain an insight into the issues surrounding drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, ethical and legal obligations, advocacy, assessment, planning and the recovery approach.
In this online mental health course, you will learn how to establish self-directed recovery relationships, work effectively in trauma-informed care, increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide and assess and promote the social, emotional and physical well-being of your clients.
As a mental health worker, you can make a real difference in the life of people with mental health issues. This course is designed to be flexible, practical and easy to follow so you can start your fulfilling career sooner.
Unit 1 - Work with people with mental health issues
Social, cultural differences
Confidentiality and privacy
Compliance and sharing
Mental health issues
Values and attitudes
Dignity of risk
Mental health promotion
Documentation and records
Unit 2 - Establish self-directed recovery relationships
Progress and recovery
Mental health assessment
Develop case plans
Client service plan
Law and Ethics
Positive working relationship
Inviting client to tell their story
Impacts of mental illness
Financial wellbeing of client
Employment / disclosing mental illness
Eligibility and priority for service
Mental health promotion
Early intervention and prevention
Readiness for rehabilitation
Unit 3 - Provide recovery-oriented mental health services
Predict medical recovery
Intervention and prevention
Mental health promotion strategies
Client needs and preferences
Goals and objectives
Meaning and purpose in life
Timelines for action
Readiness for recovery plan
Positive risk taking / resilience
Care support network
Family care giver burdens
Client obstacles, challenges
Public and private health care
Monitor recovery plan
Identify new directions
Unit 4 - Work effectively in trauma informed care
Trauma informed care
Forms of abuse
Stalking / domestic violence
Past and current trauma or abuse
Behaviours related to trauma
Symptoms of trauma
Breathing control exercises
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
Self-reflection and evaluation
Barriers to implementing trauma
Fragmented service delivery
Failure to identify trauma
Seclusion and restraint
Delivery of trauma care
Unit 5 - Provide services to people with coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Co-existing mental health
Alcohol and drug dependence
Normal and abnormal behaviour
Behaviours of mental illness
Drug use and psychological illness
Service delivery models
Dual diagnosis treatment models
The shared care model
Treatment for individual disorders
Best practice model
Impact of AOD and psychological issues
Readiness for recovery
Research specialist services
Effective working relationships
5 stages of change
Facilitate further care
Addressing AOD addiction
Support and referral processes
Assessment and self-evaluation
Achievement of goals
Advice, supervision and debriefing
Client risk assessment
Law and Ethics
Unit 6 - Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Personal values/ attitudes
Safe, secure housing
Risk of homelessness
Drug and alcohol abuse
Refugees and asylum seekers
Psychological /emotional abuse
Unit 7 - Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
Recognise signs of suicide
Triggers and warning signs
Grounds for concern
Suicide risk factors
Building empathic relationships
Responding to emergencies
Empower the person at risk
Mental health issues
Develop support plan
6 step referral process
Document suicide safety plan
Supervision and peer support
Unit 8 - Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Assessing client health and wellbeing
Home help programs
Law and Ethics
Stigma response management
Community service providers
Types of support roles
Client care network
Sexual health strategies
Fitness and nutrition
Regular health checks
Risk factors to physical health
Support networks / workers
Social based activity checklist
Social inclusion strategies
Loneliness and isolation
Emotional strengths / challenges
Ability to self-care
Stress and anxiety
Mental health advocacy
Development of self-efficacy
Resilience / coping strategies
Risk assessment plans
Plan for improved practice
Collaborative record keeping
Estimated duration 120 Hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% Online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
I found this course to be interesting and it gave me insight into a variety of mental health issues and situations I had never previously considered. I feel more confident supporting people – both adults and teenagers – with their complex mental health needs. The course is logically set out and easy to follow.
L. Bellamy, Tamworth, NSW | Certificate of Mental Health Care
The whole experience was great. Working from home made the whole experience so much easier and better. I am not one who does well at school and for the for the first time I found it easy to do.
H. Okeefe, Quarry Hill, VIC | Certificate of Mental Health Care
I enjoyed this course very much and gained new knowledge and skills that I can apply in my life experiences
Y. Toras, Maroubra, NSW | Certificate of Mental Health Care
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A.Simmonds, Para Vista, SA | Certificate of Mental Health Care
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Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no course or subject pre-requisites for entry into our programs. However, our professional development programs are generally intended for people over the age of 18. In some circumstances, enrolments from younger people may be considered. Please complete the AOC Parent Guardian Consent Form prior to enrolling and submit here.
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Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
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