CHC43515

Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Consumer Peer Work)

This qualification 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.

Work may focus on engaging people with mental illness in community participation, prevention of relapse and promotion of recovery through programs such as residential rehabilitation, work in clinical settings, home based outreach and centre-based programs delivered by community based non-government organisations. This work may also involve supported employment and programmed respite care.

Course Content

  • Work with diverse people
  • Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
  • Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers
  • Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
  • Participate in workplace health and safety

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will be able to work in community based mental health settings within a recovery orientated person-centred framework.

Occupational titles may include:

Peer Support Worker
Participation Coordinator
Carer Consultant
Carer Support Worker
Family advocate
Peer Mentor Peer
Recovery Worker
Aboriginal Peer Worker
Youth Peer Worker Peer Consultant
Carer Representative
Consumer Advocate

AMA Training Services is a Study Loans accredited training provider, which gives eligible students the ability to spread the cost of their studies over a period of up to four years. (see more about Study Loans in the Course Fee section below).

15 units are required to achieve this qualification:

  • 8 Core units plus 7 Elective units (including the specialisation unit)

To achieve this qualification, the student must also complete at least 80 hours of work placement. 

CORE UNITS

CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

CHCMHS007 – Work effectively in trauma informed care

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to practice and contribute to the continuous improvement of trauma informed care within a service.

CHCMHS008 – Promote and facilitate self-advocacy

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to encourage, support and promote self-advocacy. The promotion and facilitation of self-advocacy contributes to a person’s self-determination, empowerment and right to make informed choices in regard to all aspects of their life.

CHCMHS011 – Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing

CHCPWK001 – Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for working with the mental health peer workforce in a range of settings where peer work occurs.

CHCPWK002 – Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers

Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers.

CHCPWK003 – Apply lived experience in mental health peer work

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by consumers and carers in the mental health peer workforce to use and apply their lived experience in a purposeful way.

HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others.

CONSUMER PEER WORK SPECIALISATION ELECTIVE

CHCPWK004 – Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish consumer peer relationships and work collaboratively with consumers and others to provide services.

ELECTIVES

BSBCMM401 – Make a presentation

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver and review a presentation to a target audience.

HLTAAP001 – Recognise healthy body systems

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work with basic information about the human body and to recognise and promote ways to maintain healthy functioning of the body.

CHCCCS019 – Recognise and respond to crisis situations

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise situations where people may be in imminent crisis, and then to work collaboratively to minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access required support services.

CHCCCS020 – Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to respond effectively to behaviours of concern of people. Skills are associated with handling difficult incidents rather than managing ongoing behaviour difficulties.

CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.

IMPORTED ELECTIVE

HLTAID003 – Provide first aid

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.

This qualification is typically completed within a 12 month period. 

Self-Paced Learning

This is an alternative option for those that are unable to attend classroom based training. Each participant will be provided with a series of books, each containing a cluster of units. The books are easy to follow with some graphics included to help during the Training Program. On completion of the books, assessments are then conducted. First Aid must be completed in the classroom. AMA trainers / assessors are contactable at any time by telephone or email.

 

Course Fee (non-traineeship): $2,450.00* (price may reduce in case of credit transfer/national recognition of units)

Course Fee (new worker traineeship): $1,722.50** (concession rates may apply)

 

*Payment for this qualification is spread over four equal instalments of $612.50, collected in three month intervals as outlined below.  

  1. The first instalment is due upon receipt of enrolment, and once paid will give students access to their first set of units.
  2. After three months, or if a student requests access to new units earlier, students will be invoiced for the second instalment and upon payment will gain access to their next set of units.
  3. This process will continue until all four instalments are paid and the qualification is completed.

 

**Traineeship eligibility requirements apply. To find out more, visit our Traineeships page

 
 
AMA Training Services is a Study Loans accredited training provider. This course can be completed under a Study Loans arrangement by eligible students, allowing you to complete the course and pay for it over an extended period of time. To find out more, visit the Study Loans website.

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