Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health)

Meets the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
Entry requirements
Relevant Certificate IV and employment in relevant work role; or competency against the core units from the Certificate IV in Mental Health or Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs; or sufficient relevant vocational experience
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The courses shown on the Victorian Skills Gateway website are regulated qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or short training programs made up of units of competency from regulated qualifications.

Unit code
Unit title
Provide advocacy and representation services
Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector
Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and-or other drugs issues
Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and-or other drug issues
Develop and implement a behaviour response plan
Provide relapse prevention strategies
Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
Provide services to clients with complex needs
Work intensively with clients
Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans
Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans
Work effectively in mental health settings
Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes
Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process
Facilitate consumer, family and carer participation in the recovery process
Provide advanced supports to facilitate recovery
Provide a range of services to people with mental health issues
Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health
Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care
Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Access evidence and apply in practice
Provide community focused promotion and prevention strategies
Maintain workplace WHS processes
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  • Rates for local students only (not for international)  
  • Available data from the Australian Course Information Register

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