Certificate IV in Mental Health

Victoria University (VU)

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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $11,188

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
Footscray Park
Footscray Nicholson Yes Full time 1 year
City Flinders Yes Full time 1 year
City Queen
Sunshine Full time 1 year
Sunshine Yes Full time 1 year
St Albans
City King Full time 1 year
Werribee Full time 1 year
Sydney
City King Yes Full time 1 year
Footscray Nicholson Full time 1 year
City Flinders Full time 1 year
Werribee Yes Full time 1 year
Victoria University is the only university in Australia to use the block teaching model, which has been in operation throughout Sweden and parts of North America for more than four decades.

First-year and second-year students at Victoria University complete one subject every four weeks, are assessed, and then proceed to the next four-week unit. Immersion in each subject allows students to master it, rather than juggling four units at once. From 2020, all students will be taught in this way.

Victoria University is one of only six Australian universities to combine higher education and vocational and further education with its Victoria University Polytechnic, which is based on multiple university campuses. The Polytechnic creates pathways direct to the workforce or to university degrees.

VU College offers English language courses, pathway diplomas and courses for international students at its Melbourne and Sydney campuses as well as offshore with international education partners.

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