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Psychology & Mental Health Essentials

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Explore the fascinating psychology behind our brains, bodies and behaviours and learn new ways to improve mental health and wellbeing. Learn directly from Australia’s leading counsellors, psychologists and health coaches. Discover the complex inner wor...

Study Method Online, Virtual
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental health counselling +5
Ulleo -  Course
New

Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43315

Forecasts indicate there will be around 6,000 new job openings each year until 2023, with a total of 30,000 job openings. This is due to diagnosed mental health issues being on the rise in Australia, so there is a need for more mental health workers in...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Support Worker +4
Kirana Colleges -  Course
New

Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health) CHC52015

In 2015, Health Care and Social Assistance was the largest employing sector in Australia, representing 1,523,000 workers and accounting for 27% of total new jobs over a five year period. Employment growth is projected to remain strong, with the sector...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Case Coordinator +9
Kirana Colleges -  Course
New

Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43315

Make a difference in your community and enjoy a rewarding career. The past decade has seen a vast increase in the number of people needed for employment in the community and mental health services. One in three Australians will experience mental health...

Study Method Blended, Online, Virtual
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Community Rehabilitation and... +4
Hader Institute of Education Pty Ltd -  Course

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

Enhance mental health care capabilities The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health is for allied health and social care professionals who want to increase their specialist knowledge and employment outcomes in the field of mental health. Developed with t...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Counselor
Southern Cross University Online -  Course
New

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Certificate

Do you have a passion for working and caring for children and adolescents? Would you like to understand the thoughts and behaviours of children so you can be a greater help to them? Do you want to be able to identify common mental health disorders seen...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Youth Work +7
Careerhouse -  Course

Graduate Diploma of Mental Health

Develop the skills to provide effective mental health care By completing Southern Cross University’s online Graduate Diploma of Mental Health course, you gain expert knowledge in mental health and psychiatry, while building the skills needed to confide...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Counselor
Southern Cross University Online -  Course
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Diploma of Mental Health CHC53315

Make a difference in your community and enjoy a rewarding career. The past decade has seen a vast increase in the number of people needed for employment in the community and mental health services. One in three Australians will experience mental health...

Study Method Blended, Online, Virtual
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Counselor
Hader Institute of Education Pty Ltd -  Course

The Counselling Toolkit

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Whether you want to launch a new career, upskill in your current role, or simply learn more about what it means to be human – counselling is an invaluable skill for anyone and everyone. Explore real-world counselling techniques and approaches fro...

Study Method Online, Virtual
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental health counselling +5
Ulleo -  Course
New

Mental Health Certificate

Do you want to help people suffering with a mental health disorder? Are you passionate about psychology and want to learn more about human behaviour? Are you interested in understanding the effects illicit and prescribed drugs can have on an individual...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Coordinator +8
Careerhouse -  Course

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

Enhance your nursing practice The online Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing will begin to build your understanding of how to effectively respond to people experiencing a range of mental health challenges. You will learn from leading and clin...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Counselor +1
Southern Cross University Online -  Course
New

Graduate Certificate in Educational Wellbeing

Increase student resilience and wellbeing The Graduate Certificate in Educational Wellbeing focuses on diversity, educational support in difficult times, leadership and how to enhance student wellbeing. Schools play an integral role in promoting social...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Teacher +1
Southern Cross University Online -  Course
New

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

We’re living in a time where the lives of children and adolescents are more complicated than ever before. The demand for professionals in mental health has never been greater. VU Online’s Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health will...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Counselor
Victoria University Online -  Course

Master of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

We’re living in a time where the lives of children and adolescents are more complicated than ever. The demand for professionals in mental health has never been greater. You can drive positive impact with VU Online’s Master of Child and Adolescent Menta...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Counselor
Victoria University Online -  Course

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

The demand for specialist nursing in mental health has never been greater. With the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing, you can gain a strong foundation in mental health nursing with four units of study to help you build your career. You wil...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Counselor +1
Victoria University Online -  Course

Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing

Enhance your nursing practice The online Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing will build your understanding of how to effectively respond to people experiencing a range of mental health challenges. Mental health is a growing issue, so this qualifi...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Counselor +1
Southern Cross University Online -  Course
New

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

The demand for specialist nursing in mental health has never been greater. With the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing, you can build your knowledge of trauma-informed care and gain a holistic understanding of mental health and its impact on ind...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Counselor +1
Victoria University Online -  Course

Master of Mental Health

Develop the skills to effectively respond to patient needs There is a growing need in our Australian healthcare system for highly skilled professionals who understand the complexities of mental health and can offer well-informed mental health clinical...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Counselor
Southern Cross University Online -  Course
New

Mental Health Certificate

Obtain a better understanding of Mental Health so you can help others overcome their biggest challenges. Mental Health is becoming one of the most commonly discussed health challenges that people are facing in recent times. Due to the growing focus on...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Case Worker +2
Careers Collectiv -  Course
New

Master of Mental Health Nursing

Be a mental health expert. Deliver better outcomes. Our Master of Mental Health Nursing is developed against the latest mental health industry standards as set by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing (ACMHN). You can use your qualification u...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Mental Health Counselor +1
Southern Cross University Online -  Course
New

Mental Health Courses

If you’re passionate about mental health and like working with people within the community, finding a career in Australia‘s mental healthcare sector could be perfect for you! 

Completing a tafe mental health course will equip you with all the right knowledge, training and skills required of mental health service workers to help those who need it most. 

What’s the industry like?

A 2017-18 National Health Survey found that one-in-five Australians have suffered from mental health issues, with a large majority (26%) being in the 15-24 year age bracket. As such, mental health awareness is becoming increasingly important to the Australian public, with demand for more mental health services, outreach programs and community services growing each year. 

For these reasons, Australia needs more mental health support workers and mental health trained community support workers. People in these roles provide support, care and advice for those struggling in a range of circumstances. 

Careers in mental health

Support workers can work for non-government organisations, clinics, youth service groups, hospitals, government welfare clinics and many more institutions.

With a very wide variety of roles in specialised areas such as drug and alcohol, rehabilitation and welfare support, support workers can work for a wide range of institutions, including: 

  • Non-government organisations
  • Public and private health clinics
  • Youth and social work service groups
  • Hospitals
  • Government welfare clinics
  • Rehabilitation centres

Due to how broad the mental health services industry is, there is a huge variety of career paths that you can pursue after undertaking a course in mental health. Some of the careers in this sector include:

  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation Coordinator
  • Public Health Assistant
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Family Support Officer
  • Disabilities Services Officer
  • Health and Welfare Professional
  • Mental Health Counsellor

Job outlook for the mental health industry

In areas such as social work, health and welfare services and counselling, industry growth is expected to increase quickly by 2024. As many as 30,000 new employment opportunities are expected to open up during this time.

Salaries in the mental health sector are usually determined by the level of education required by the professional (as well as years of experience). Counsellors, who generally need to complete at least a Bachelor qualification, have an average salary of $82,300. A mental health support worker, however, averages a salary of $57,600, but usually only requires Certificate-level education. 

The mental health sector is female dominated with both full-time and part-time work opportunities available. Those who do work full time average around 40 hours a week.

Mental health courses

To work in the mental health sector, it’s imperative you complete a mental health course. Most courses have minimal to no entry requirements, however, many courses include work placement in their curriculum. Work placement can occur in multiple sectors of the health industry so, a Working with Children Check and first aid qualification may be necessary.

Quick facts:

  • Many courses offer recognition of prior learning, which may shorten the time-line of completion. 
  • Some courses offer payment plans for tuition fees
  • Some eligible students may be able to receive VET student loans for course fees

Whether you’re looking to focus on helping people with mental illnesses, advocate for cultural safety practices, or help someone through their drug and alcohol recovery; there’s a course out there for you.

Certificate courses

A Certificate III or Certificate IV in Mental Health is a great qualification to have under your belt when going for an entry-level industry role. These qualifications prepare you for the tasks and responsibilities you’ll be undertaking when you start your mental health career. If you’re looking to change careers or haven’t had any prior training or experience in this area, this is the course for you.

A Certificate IV in Mental Health, for instance, is the perfect way to fast track your career and get you started in as little as a year. This course will show you how to give professional care by providing you with the knowledge in diagnosing conditions, communicating effectively, offering advice and supporting client self advocacy

Diploma courses

A Diploma is a more comprehensive qualification that allows students to choose elective units for more specialised training. Some mental health related diploma qualifications out there include:

  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Diploma of Mental Health
  • Advanced Diploma of Mental Health

A diploma qualification can take around 18 months to complete but can lead to more specialised roles in rehabilitation, psychiatric disability, drug and alcohol counselling as well as welfare and social work. 

For those considering further study, a Bachelor degree qualification will open up your eligibility to work in more specialised, hands-on sectors such as counselling, therapy and psychiatry 

The mental health sector will expose you to a world of diverse people and circumstances that often lead to highly engaging and rewarding careers, and a mental health course is a fantastic way to begin. 

As many courses are offered online, you’ll be provided with flexibility to learn at your own pace. Online courses ensure people of any circumstances can learn and achieve their education goals. 

If you’re ready for a rewarding and interesting career, enquire about a course to receive more information.

Enrol in a mental health course today and start your new career journey today!

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