Course Title: Work effectively in mental health settings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: HWSS5533C

Course Title: Work effectively in mental health settings

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4337 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 45

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisite courses required.

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required in the context and across the range of settings where mental health work occurs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings


1. Work within the context of the mental health sector

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Demonstrate consideration of the historical context of the sector in all work

1.2 Demonstrate consideration of the changing social, political and economic context in all work

1.3 Clarify and work within individual, team and multi-disciplinary work roles and structures, using collaborative approaches to work in the mental health sector, including contribution of consumer workers


2. Apply knowledge of the mental health sector

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Apply basic knowledge of the current issues and different models of work which impact on the sector

2.2 Apply basic knowledge of the historical and social context of the mental health sector

2.3 Apply basic knowledge of the political and economic context of the mental health sector

2.4 In collecting information about the mental health sector, consider and apply appropriately views of relevant key stakeholders and representatives


3. Demonstrate commitment to the central philosophies of the mental health sector

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Demonstrate consideration and understanding of the underpinning values and philosophy of the sector in all work undertaken

3.2 Demonstrate commitment to access and equity principles in all work in the sector

3.3 Ensure clients participate in all aspects of service planning and support activities

3.4 Identify and take into account personal values and attitudes regarding mental health and illness when planning and implementing all work activities


4. Demonstrate an understanding of the range of mental health service options

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify the range of mental health service options

4.2 Demonstrate consideration and understanding of the contribution of different service options to the recovery process

4.3 Identify broad job requirements in different service options

4.4 Demonstrate consideration of the role of other health and community service providers in supporting a consumer in the recovery process

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This course applies to working with clients affected by a mental illness in a range of community services work contexts, including youth work. This course provides students with a person-centred approach to care, involving a variety of health and community service professionals working collaboratively with the client, their carer/s and family. You will undertake the Mental Health First Aid Certificate as part of their classroom activities.

Teaching Schedule

Classes for this course will be conducted in the second half of semester two, straight after the second placement block. They will run for six (6) weeks.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT Library
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc.

Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available.

The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at:

If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online:

Overview of Assessment

This course will be assessed using a combination of in-class tasks, group presentations and individual research assignments.

There is an emphasis on students demonstrating their understanding of the service system and the experiences of clients accessing it.

Assessment Tasks

Students will sit the exam for the Mental Health First Aid Certificate and undertake some classroom activities, including discussion and a case study.

Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment. The grades are as follows:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by the teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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