Upgrade your career in the community services or health industry with this advanced-level course that will qualify you to work in mental health, specialising in alcohol and drug services.
CHC53215 / CHC53315 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs / Diploma of Mental Health
Take your career in community services to the next level with this advanced double qualification. This course is perfect for those looking to work in mental health within the specialised field of drug and alcohol services.
You will develop the skills required to provide support and interventions to people with alcohol and drug issues, respond appropriately to issues of domestic violence and intoxication, and assess and promote social, physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. You will also learn to advocate on behalf of people with complex coexisting mental health, drug, and alcohol issues. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals will give you the one-on-guidance needed to succeed in the industry.
Successful completion of this course will give you the essential skills you need to work as a specialised mental health worker in the alcohol and other drugs sector.
Take advantage of our double award offerings and get two qualifications instead of one. In most cases you will only need to complete a few additional units to qualify for the second diploma. Save time, enhance your job prospects, and add value to your skill set with a double award.
As part of your course you will get valuable experience in real workplaces. Our strong partnerships mean you will learn the skills you need while also getting to know potential future employers.
The successful achievement of this dual qualification requires you to complete all core units and 5 CHC53315 elective units and 6 CHC53215 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 160 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting.
|UNIT CODE||UNIT NAME|
||Provide systems advocacy services|
||Work in an alcohol and other drugs context|
||Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues|
||Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues|
||Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management|
||Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues|
||Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans|
||Assess co-existing needs|
||Establish and manage client relationships|
||Work with diverse people|
||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
||Establish self-directed recovery relationships|
||Provide recovery oriented mental health services|
||Work collaboratively with the care network and other services|
||Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues|
||Work effectively in trauma informed care|
||Promote and facilitate self advocacy|
||Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity|
||Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing|
||Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives|
||Implement trauma informed care|
||Research and apply evidence to practice|
||Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
||Collaborate in professional practice|
||Provide first aid|
||Manage work health and safety|
If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.Learn more about university pathways
No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.
This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.
This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.
If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
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If you are not currently employed or volunteering in the community services industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. 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. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.
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 160 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.
No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.
It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.
Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.
All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.
You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.
Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.