A career in Mental Health Peer Work
This qualification reflects the role of workers who have lived experience of mental illness as either a consumer or carer and who work in mental health services in roles that support consumer peers or carer peers. Workers are employed in the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services.
Units of competency
Work with diverse people
Participate in workplace health and safety
Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services
Work effectively in trauma informed care
Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Facilitate the recovery process with person, family carers
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work
Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker
Students must have standard Language, Literacy and numeracy skills and will be required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment at Certificate III level. A current Police Check is a requirement before the commencement of practical placement.
Classroom delivery 2-3 days a week, plus 80 hours of work placement.
Online study options available.
New South Wales
Coordinator - Mental Health (Carer Peer Work)
Coordinator - Mental Health (Consumer Peer Work)
Mental Health Outreach Worker
Jacky | Skilling Queenslanders for Work participant - Brisbane
I completed my training with breakthru in January 2018. The course was a Certificate III in Individual Support. The trainer was the best I have ever had, as she made the course so interesting and hands on. The trainer's visits and feedback while on practical work placement was super supportive and by the end of the course, I was employed!.
What may be surprising to people reading this is I am in my 60’s!! and have found my dream job!
The three R’s - The Right course, the Right Trainer and the Right Company!! Thankyou breakthru! Life can begin in your sixty’s!