Mental Health and Wellbeing

VET Diploma Level Subject

This subject describes the skills and knowledge required to work with people who are living with mental health issues including how to establish relationships, clarify needs and work collaboratively. This subject also describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with a person with mental illness and/or AOD issues in their individual recovery process to establish a basis for participation of their family and carers and to facilitate ongoing participation in line with the person’s needs and wishes.

Learning Elements

Subjects are composed of Units of Competency from the government endorsed Diploma of Youth Work Training Package. This subject has two units of competency CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues and CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers. At the conclusion of your study in this subject you will be expected to be able to:

1. Provide an overview of the history of the treatment of mental illness

2. Explain how the key models of recovery work and how they differ from historical models

3. Discuss the impact of mental illness on the person

4. Discuss the role of natural supports and how they can aid recovery

You will be assessed on your understanding of mental health in Australia today, how it impacts the key players including yourself, how it is regarded in the community at large, what current government policy is, what issues the mental health sector faces and where it is headed.

Content Areas

  • Values & principles within the mental health sector
  • The individual, care and recovery
  • Infant mental health
  • Childhood mental health
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Responding to trauma
  • Adult psychiatric disorders
  • Substance related disorders
  • The work of carers
  • The future of mental health policy & practice in Australia

Subject Duration and Workload

This subject involves a total of 108 hours per term of study including course work, teacher contact, work placement and research and related study activities.

This subject is undertaken over a 12-week term. In addition to the 3 hours of teacher-led class time each week, students are expected to spend an average of 6 hours of study per week on this subject over the course of the term. In addition students will need to allocate additional time for the completion of assessment activities.