What specific skills will you learn in a Certificate IV or Diploma of Mental Health?
Ask any Mental Health professional and they will tell you helping clients overcome a personal crisis is one of the most rewarding feelings imaginable. Of course, the career is not without its challenges.
But that’s where a solid education helps to hone – or develop – those skills that make you a more effective Mental Health professional. From Peer Support to Counselling, Social Work to Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Support Worker to Youth Worker, these are the core tenets of a career kick-started by a Certificate IV or Diploma of Mental Health:
A desire to help other people is what motivates Mental Health professionals through the grittiest client challenges. Empathy is also essential when working with people from diverse backgrounds.
Developing rapport based on trust and honest communication helps to facilitate recovery programs, even when you encounter some resistance.
Not only useful for keeping track of caseloads, but also for monitoring and coordinating the myriad services available to people struggling with mental health issues.
Encountering trauma and vulnerability often tends to blur the line between professional and personal responsibilities. Maintaining a professional approach is best for your clients, yourself and your colleagues.
Mental well-being is a balance of physical health, mental resilience and a safe environment. In a Diploma or Certificate IV of Mental Health course, you learn about those crucial interrelationships so you can support your clients to improve their overall quality of life.
Why a good education is essential
Mental Health professionals come in many shapes, sizes and industries:
- Government-supported programs
- Community Development sector
- Personal (one-on-one) support
- Family and Youth support
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs
- Occupational Therapy
- Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Counselling
And in many cases, the skills needed for effective mental health management come from more than one of those areas. Most Mental Health professionals choose to pursue a Certificate or Diploma course because it provides theoretical knowledge, hands-on experience, and leadership from experienced Trainers needed to land feet-first in the field.
- 40% of AOD Counsellors have a Certificate III/IV or Diploma qualification
- 1 in 8 Family and Marriage Counsellors have a Diploma or Advanced Diploma
At TrainSmart Australia, our highly experienced Trainers contribute knowledge and experience from a variety of backgrounds. The result, for students in our Certificate IV of Mental Health and Diploma of Mental Health courses, is a balanced blend of learning that equips them with the tools needed to genuinely improve their clients’ quality of life.