Addiction, Mental Health and Counselling Courses


Diploma of Mental Health


Who is this course for?

The CHC53315 Diploma in Mental Health would suit those who are looking to develop specialist skills to work with clients who face challenges with their mental health. It would also appeal to those who have some work or volunteer experience in community services or health and want to branch out into mental health work.

What will you learn?

This course will examine the link between mental health and alcohol and other drugs, as well as exploring mental health in the community and in the work place. A focus on working with families dealing with mental health issues is also covered. A structured workplace learning component is included to deliver practical skills.

Possible career opportunities

  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Intake Officer
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker

Why study this course?

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. They can provide working with diverse people, collaboration, recovery orientated approaches, 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.

To achieve this qualification, you need to complete 190 hours of work placement experience, in one of our Seasons Hader rehabilitation centres.

By completing this course, 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 given on the skills and techniques you can implement to promote recovery and well-being. You will also develop your skills on health and safety and decision making.


There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however you will need to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment to determine if you are academically suitable for this course. Students will also need access to a laptop and internet to study with Hader Institute of Education.


The Diploma of Mental Health is a nationally recognised qualification. 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. Learning is over a twelve-month period.

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

For more information about the many benefits of learning with us at Hader Institute of Education, simply submit your details online or call now on 1300 049 515.

How much does this course cost?

The cost of this course is $5,900

Your fee payment option is:

  • Self-funded payment plan, pay per unit of competency ($295.00). The student will commence with two units of competency ($590.00), then two units per month. Pay your course by credit card, or eft.

Course Units

To successfully acheive the CHC53315 Diploma in Mental Health you must complete a total of 20 units including 15 core units and five elective units.

Core Units

CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented 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
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety

Elective Units

HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans

What career could I have?

Possible careers include:

  • Community Care Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Mental Health Services
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Intake Officer
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker
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