Community Services

CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

Qualification Description

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.


This qualification will provide you with a pathway to CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, CHC53315 Diploma of Alcohol and other Drugs and CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.

Entry Requirements

You are required to undertake a Pre-Training Review prior to enrolment to identify competencies you have previously acquired and to ascertain your suitability and appropriateness for this qualification. The Pre-Training Review is designed to ensure we can help you participate in and successfully attain your desired learning outcomes.

Mandatory requirements – There are no mandatory requirements for this qualification.

Suitability requirements – There are no suitability requirements for this qualification.

Materials, equipment and resources – You will need access to a computer with Internet.

Workplace Experience

Prior to commencing workplace experience, you must obtain a current Victorian Working with Children Check. You may also be required to provide other clearances, such as a satisfactory Police Check (within 6 months’ currency). You are required to undertake a minimum of 160 hours of workplace experience through work placement/employment in a relevant community service or mental health service delivery setting. A PTA workplace deed needs to be approved by PTA before you can start workplace experience.

Qualification Structure

To achieve this qualification, you must complete the following units of competency.

Unit CodeUnit TitleC/EStreamPR/CR
1CHCADV005Provide systems advocacy servicesC--
2CHCDIV001Work with diverse peopleC--
3CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safetyC--
4CHCMHS002Establish self-directed recovery relationshipsC--
5CHCMHS003Provide recovery oriented mental health servicesC--
6CHCMHS004Work collaboratively with the care network and other servicesC--
7CHCMHS005Provide services to people with coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drugs issuesC--
8CHCMHS009Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programsC--
9CHCMHS010Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexityC--
10CHCMHS011Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeingC--
11CHCMHS012Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directivesC--
12CHCMHS013Implement trauma informed careC--
13CHCPOL003Research and apply evidence to practiceC--
14CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practiceC--
15HLTWHS004Manage workplace health and safetyC--
16CHCAOD001Work in an alcohol and other drugs contextE--
17CHCAOD004Assess needs of client with alcohol and other drugs issuesE--
18CHCCSL001Establish and confirm the counselling relationshipE--
19CHCCSM004Coordinate complex case requirementsE--
20CHCRPR001Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnershipsE--

LEGEND C = Core E = Elective PR = Pre-requisite CR = Co-requisite * = unit has pre-requisite/s