Addiction, Mental Health and Counselling Courses

CHC53215 & CHC53315

Diplomas of Alcohol and other drugs and Mental Health


Who is this course for?

If you want to help others in your community improve their lives and enjoy a rewarding career, consider studying the combined CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs along with CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health courses.

What will you learn?

These qualifications ensure you have the necessary skills and knowledge to help those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs, and provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. The course covers aspects of counselling including promoting health and education programs, referral, advocacy, rehabilitation and managing client relationships. You will learn how to offer support to people from varied backgrounds and how to assist those who may have mental health, alcohol and drug issues. There will be advice on skills and techniques which you can implement to promote recovery and well-being.

Possible career opportunities

  • Counsellor
  • Service Coordinator
  • Youth Liaison Officer
  • Support Worker

Why study this course?

Make a difference in your community and have a rewarding career.

Flexible and supportive learning

Learning is over a 15-month period. Your learning resources are available online, and you will have workshop training sessions (skype, telephone or face to face workshops) once a month with your trainer. You will have the support of a trainer/assessor throughout your studies.

Student entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however you will need to get complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment to determine if you are academically suitable for the course. For conditions of work placement with Seasons Hader please refer to the Student Handbook. Students will also need access to a laptop and internet to study with Hader Institute.

How will you learn?

This CHC5315 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs along with CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health is a nationally recognised qualification. You are required to complete 250 hours of work placement experience which will be at one of our fully functional rehabilitation centres.

Enquire about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) options if you are in the industry.

Complimentary Services and Career Guidance

Students studying this course will gain career guidance from Hader Institute of Education and the Hader Clinic to help you prepare for your career.

Student support

Hader Institute of Education provides comprehensive student support throughout your course. You will have access to a trainer with extensive experience and expertise in the course content and industry sector. In addition, you will have access to administration support, and our career guidance service. The true experience with Hader Institute of Education is the ability for students to participate in work placement at one of our many fully functional clinics


How much does this course cost?

The cost of this course is $8,555

Your fee payment options are:

  • Students will pay per unit of competency ($295.00), paying for two units of competency at the commencement of the course, and two units per month.
  • For more information call 1300 049 515.

Course Units

To successfully achieve the combined CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs and CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health you must complete the following units.

CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD007 Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management
CHCAOD008 Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drug issues
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCPRP002 Collaborate in professional practice
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAID003 Provide first aid (need to have completed unit previously, and provide valid First Aid Certificate from another provider)
HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services
CHCGRP003 Plan, facilitate and review psycho-educational groups
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery orientated mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
CHCMHS010 Implement recovery orientated approaches to complexity
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety

What career could I have?

The Australian Government has pledged to fund more programs to help those who have alcohol and drug related issues and over the next ten years this will lead to an increase in support staff and counsellors in this area. Around 50,000 people are employed in this sector and this is expected to grow significantly over the next few years.

Possible careers include:

  • Counsellor
  • Service Coordinator
  • Youth Liaison Officer
  • Support Worker
Real Life Work Experience

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