Certificate IV in Mental Health

Federation University

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

Entry Requirements:

Satisfactory demonstration of reading, writing and numeracy skills by undertaking the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) AND Either any Certificate III or higher or SACE Stage 2 or equivalent Australian Year 12 certificate

Structure:

11 core units plus 4 electives.

Subjects you can Study:

Core: Work with diverse people; Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety; Provide recovery oriented mental health services; Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues; Work collaboratively with the care network and other services; plus more. Electives: Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide; Recognise and respond to crisis situations; Facilitate the interests and rights of clients; Work in an alcohol and other drugs context; Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services; Provide suicide bereavement support; plus more.

Further information:

To achieve this qualification, students must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

Campus Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Mount Helen (Ballarat) Full time 1 year
Mount Rowan (Rural Science)
SMB (Ballarat)
Wendouree (Rural Science)
Berwick
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No Full time 1 year
Wimmera (Horsham)
Camp Street (Ballarat)
Brisbane
Gippsland (Churchill)

Federation University Australia is a modern, progressive university providing high-quality vocational and higher education across a national and international network of campuses.

With a distinguished history dating back to 1870, we are the third-oldest higher education provider in Australia.

Our aim is to make a real difference to the lives of every student as well as the communities we help build and are proud to be part of.

As a dual-sector university, we deliver a wide range of programs through higher education and TAFE, so you can find the right pathway to career success.

Our campuses are closely connected with local communities — providing more options for work-based learning and graduate employment — further enhancing our university regions.

Join our diverse community of 25,000 students, and gain access to networks across our campuses in Victoria (Ballarat, Berwick, Gippsland and the Wimmera), Brisbane, and with partner providers in Australia, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia.

Our areas of study are categorised into seven broad fields – education, business, engineering, information technology, arts, nursing and health and life sciences. Choose a topic of interest in any field — from primary education, criminal justice, visual arts and accounting to civil engineering, games development, occupational therapy, sports science and psychology.

With such a wide range of options available, you’ll have the ability to explore your passions and shape who you are to influence your future.

Research conducted at Federation University is world-class. Under the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) rankings, we have achieved the highest possible five-out-of-five rating in seven research areas:

  • Nursing
  • Human movement and sports science
  • Environmental sciences
  • Applied mathematics
  • Clinical sciences
  • Civil engineering
  • Environmental science and management

A further 11 research areas are ranked above or equal to world standard.

We host Australia’s largest regional technology park accommodating more than 30 companies, including its signature tenant, IBM. The University’s Tech Park Central, in the heart of Ballarat, enables businesses to have a presence at our School of Mines Ballarat (SMB) campus.

Tech Park Central gives our students access to invaluable workplace experience in global organisations. It also helps foster international research collaborations focused on solving real-world problems and making a difference in people’s lives.

Our students have the opportunity to stay on campus with a range of residential options. Other features of our campuses include cafes, art galleries, an indoor swimming pool and gym, childcare facilities, and range of events and clubs.

At Federation University you can be assured that your program of study will have industry credibility and recognition. Employers highly rate our graduates and we will prepare you well for your chosen career.

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