Melbourne City Institute of Education

Diploma of Mental Health - CHC53315

Melbourne City Institute of Education

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
CRICOS: 03024A

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. They can provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. These workers are required to have high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health. To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 160 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


15 core units plus 5 electives.


  • Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • Establish self-directed recovery relationships
  • Manage personal stressors in the work environment
  • Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
  • Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies
  • Develop quality systems in line with registration standards
  • Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
  • Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues
  • Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence
  • Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
  • Recognise healthy body systems
  • Work with diverse people
  • Manage work health and safety
  • Manage and maintain tenancy agreements and services
  • Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management
  • Promote and conduct mental health peer work
  • Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence
  • Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • Manage head lease
  • Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers
  • Manage budgets and financial plans
  • Provide needle and syringe services
  • Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
  • Work to empower Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Respond to client language, literacy and numeracy needs
  • Meet statutory and organisation information requirements
  • Reflect and improve upon counselling skills
  • Work within a structured counselling framework
  • Provide systems advocacy services
  • Research and apply evidence to practice
  • Develop, implement and review quality framework
  • Implement trauma informed care
  • Interpret and use information about nutrition and diet
  • Coordinate complex case requirements
  • Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • Support clients in decision-making processes
  • Recruit, induct and support volunteers
  • Work with clients who are intoxicated
  • Assist clients with medication
  • Manage partnership agreements with service providers
  • Provide recovery oriented mental health services
  • Implement participation and engagement strategies
  • Provide loss and grief support
  • Work effectively in the problem gambling sector
  • Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
  • Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • Facilitate the counselling relationship
  • Provide suicide bereavement support
  • Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling issues
  • Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
MCIE Melbourne CBD Domestic: $9,000
  • Full-time : 1 year

Fee comments

Campuses: MCIE Melbourne CBD.

$250 for government-subsidised traineeship, $200 for government-subsidised blended training in the classroom.

Further information

To achieve this qualification, students must have completed at least 160 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

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