A career in Mental Health support
This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community-based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability.
Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.
Please note that students are required to organise their own work placement and breakthru College is not responsible to ensure that you have a placement. If you are having trouble securing a placement, please contact your Trainer/Assessor for help as soon as possible.
Students will also be required to obtain a number of clearances as listed below. However, it is the student’s responsibility to check with their work placement host organisation regarding what screening is required as organisations may each have slightly different requirements.
- National Police Certificate
- Working with children check
- Vaccination record check
- Code of Conduct check
Total Number of Units
Please select your enrolment type:
NSW Government funded enrolment
QLD Government funded enrolment
Units of competency
The course consists of 15 units of competency and is delivered within a period of 9 months (for face to face mode) or 18 months (for online delivery mode). A work placement of 80 hours is also required.
|Code||Title||Core or Elective|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people||Core|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety||Core|
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically||Core|
|CHCMHS002||Establish self-directed recovery relationships||Core|
|CHCMHS003||Provide recovery oriented mental health services||Core|
|CHCMHS004||Work collaboratively with the care network and other services||Core|
|CHCMHS005||Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues||Core|
|CHCMHS007||Work effectively in trauma informed care||Core|
|CHCMHS008||Promote and facilitate self-advocacy||Core|
|CHCMHS011||Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing||Core|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety||Core|
|CHCMHS006||Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers||Other Elective|
|CHCCCS019||Recognise and respond to crisis situations||At Risk Elective|
|CHCCCS003||Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide||At Risk Elective|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice||At Risk Elective|
Code | Title | Core or Elective
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Work legally and ethically
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
Provide recovery oriented mental health services
Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Work effectively in trauma informed care
Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Participate in workplace health and safety
Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
At Risk Elective
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
At Risk Elective
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
At Risk Elective
Doing the Individual Support course through breakthru led me to regular employment in the disability sector. Since completing my course I have moved up two levels in pay rate, supported co-workers passing on and sharing the knowledge I obtained. I am no longer on benefits, which was the most important thing I wanted to achieve thanks to the breakthru teams dedication and support this has been possible. I am very grateful to the staff there for there help and support.
The staff and trainers went 'above and beyond' to support and encourage all of us with the necessary knowledge and understanding to successfully complete the course. Personally, I found nothing was too big or small for breakthru to assist and the three weeks of practical training gave me the extra confidence and skills needed to find employment. I have been employed as a Personal Care Worker/Support Worker in the community since completing my course, the team at breakthru are truly worth their weight in GOLD.
The course trainers delivered each course perfectly. We were well prepared and equipped with exactly what we needed to carry out our roles as support workers. breakthru even went to the extent of finding workplace placements once we completed the theory work. I was oﬀered employment right where I did my work placement.