This dual Certificate IV program will train you to assist people who are struggling with mental health, alcohol and drugs. You will graduate equipped to deliver treatment tailored to the individual, to improve their lives and give them hope for the future.
You will learn to work from a trauma-informed care perspective to help people with mental health, alcohol and drugs issues. You’ll gain the skills to provide interventions and develop and review individual treatment plans, as well as how to assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Having a solid understanding of both mental health and addiction, and how one can have an impact on the other, will help you provide effective, holistic care and advocacy for your clients.
Potential career outcomes could include:
- Case Worker
- Community Support Worker
- Detoxification Worker
- Drug and Alcohol Worker
- Family Support Worker
- Mental Health Intake Officer
- Mental Health Outreach Worker
- Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker
- Mental Health Worker
- Outreach Worker
- Support Worker
- OnlineOnline delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
- BlendedBlended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
- In-classIn class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
- VirtualVirtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
Duration and Study Load
- Maximum 24 months
- 160 hours of work placement
You will need to be at least 18 years old.
Entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.
If you haven’t successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:
- Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
- 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication
Learners must be reasonably physically fit, as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a moderate amount of physical activity, such as providing direct assistance to clients with daily living and assisting clients with mobility.
- Mental health and alcohol/drug issues often exist in people side by side, this program will train you to deal with both so you can effectively treat clients
- By studying these Certificate IV Mental Health and AOD courses simultaneously, you may be able to complete your qualifications sooner than if you studied each separately
- This online program includes a practical work placement to ensure you are job ready when you graduate
- Having a dual qualification will open up more job opportunities, so you have more options when you graduate and are fully job-ready
The course contains a minimum of 160 hours of work placement
You will need to undertake your work placement in an organisation involved in the delivery of alcohol and other drug and mental health related services to clients. The workplace will need to be able to provide you with access to specialist equipment and resources.
The specific requirements of the workplace are outlined in the course overview. Your workplace assessor will ascertain whether the workplace is appropriate.
- Case studies
- Multiple choice questions
- Portfolio of evidence
- Short-answer questions
- Written assessments
- Written reports
Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.
- Identify and build resilience and capacity in the person’s care network and community of choice
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other services and programs
- Review and monitor services provided by other organisations and programs
- Assist individuals or groups to identify their issues, rights and preferred options
- Enable individuals to gain self-advocacy skills
- Follow up and support individuals after self-advocacy
- Promote self-advocacy
- Assess the person’s needs
- Use brief intervention strategies
- Monitor brief intervention activities
- Provide services to intoxicated clients
- Reduce harm or injury to self, client and others
- Assist client with longer term needs
- Establish respectful relationships with people with mental health issues
- Determine the needs of people with mental health issues
- Work with people with mental health issues to meet aspirations and needs
About Open Colleges
Open Colleges puts you at the centre of everything we do. As an institution, we measure our success in the success of our students.
We have more than 125 years of experience in distance education, and this has given us the time to perfect the ways we deliver education and training to people across Australia. In the last decade alone, we’ve helped more than 450,000 students reach their potential.
We understand the needs of adult learners. That’s why we created OpenSpace, our world-class online learning platform that gives you complete flexibility and control to study whenever and wherever you are. OpenSpace provides you with access to learning resources, expert trainers and assessors, a superior support network and the opportunity to connect with other learners just like you.
Our nationally recognised courses could help you launch, change or accelerate your career. Now is the time to make your next move. With Open Colleges, everything could happen.
Open Colleges Pty Ltd is a Registered Training Organization (RTO 90796)