Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315)

Qualification: Diploma
Course Code: CHC53315
Study mode: Online
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Payment plan
Upfront payment
Duration: Self-paced; complete within 18 months
Start date: Anytime – start today!
Awarded by: OTEN - Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Course fees: Price may vary
This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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About this course

The Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315) program offered online through SEEK Learning opens the door to a worthwhile career working in mental health services. Developed for community services professionals seeking to boost their skills with a formal qualification, this comprehensive distance education course will teach you to provide high-level support to people with mental afflictions and psychiatric disabilities, provide individualised client services founded on case management and intervention, and deliver community-targeted promotion strategies.

You'll also learn to work effectively with clients with drug and alcohol issues, and foster and sustain solid relationships with clients, colleagues and other health services.

Practical work placement

As part of the Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315), you will be required to complete supervised work placement for a minimum of 240 hours in the community services industry, to ensure that you graduate with a strong mix of practical work experience and academic foundation.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course; anyone can apply!

If you wish to access a VET FEE-HELP loan, you must:

  • Provide a copy of your Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate; OR
  • Complete a Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test

Areas of study

In this mental health course, the units of competency you may study include:

  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural diversity
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCMHS002 - Establish self-directed recovery relationships
  • CHCAOD001 - Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • 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
  • CHCCCS018 - Provide suicide bereavement support
  • CHCAOD004 - Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCMHS011 - Assess and promote social, emotional and physical well-being
  • CHCMHS012 - Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
  • HLTWHS004 - Manage work health and safety
  • CHCMHS010 - Implement recovery-oriented approaches to complexity
  • CHCADV005 - Provide systems advocacy services
  • CHCMHS009 - Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
  • CHCAOD008 - Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with AOD issues
  • CHCCSL502A - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • CHCMHS013 - Implement trauma informed care
  • CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice

What’s it like to work as a counsellor?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315) from OTEN - Open Training & Education Network.

As the mental health field develops and grows, and instances of mental illness continue to rise, community services organisations continue to need qualified and passionate workers dedicated to the improvement of clients' mental well-being - which means there are plenty of jobs out there for people with the right skills and training.

By undertaking this online qualification, you'll gain the competencies required to pursue work in the community services sector in mental health, in roles such as:

  • Welfare support worker
  • Mental health outreach worker and support worker
  • Community support worker
  • Mental health rehabilitation support worker
  • Mental health community worker
  • Mental health support worker

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this OTEN program, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. If you are not eligible for VET FEE-HELP, there are two other payment options:

  • Payment plans: Eligible students may be able to pay for this course through weekly, fortnightly and monthly repayments. This flexible payment plan does not require a deposit and involves no interest for the first 12 months. After this period, students will be charged 19.95% per annum on the amount that remains to be paid.
  • Upfront payment: Pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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As a student of OTEN through SEEK Learning, you will be periodically contacted by your teachers to discuss your education progress. Your enquiries will also receive priority attention and your assignments will be marked and returned within seven working days.

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