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Mental Health Rights Manual

An online guide to help explain your legal and human rights in the mental health and human services systems in New South Wales.

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Recovery Oriented Language Guide

Words are important. The language we use and the stories we tell have great significance to all involved.

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Build on your lived experience or on-the-job experience and receive a nationally recognised qualification.

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Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work – Fast Track

This qualification provides an opportunity to develop your skills and receive a recognised qualification to advance your career in a mental health peer role.

Course overview

This Fast Track course offers Peer Workers with two or more years professional experience the opportunity to complete the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515) qualification in just six face-to-face training days.

The course draws on students’ lived and on-the-job experience to consolidate and build their skills. With a small time commitment, this is a great opportunity for existing Peer Workers to receive qualifications and continue to improve their practice.

Our Peer Work courses are delivered by experienced Peer Workers.

What you will learn

Through a blend of theory, practical coursework, and discussions with other peer workers you will learn about:

  • Safe Storytelling and ways of sharing your experience
  • Recovery and Trauma-Informed Care
  • Understanding & responding to suicide
  • Undertake Peer Work practices
  • Navigating the mental health system
  • Work with diverse people
  • Promote self-advocacy
  • Work with impacted families
Who should enrol
  • Consumer Peer Worker (paid or unpaid)
  • Carer Peer Worker (paid or unpaid)

What to consider before enrolling in this course


“Reflecting on experience I had at work, this training could have solved a lot of the heartache I had along the way. This is going to propel the peer workforce forward.”

Entry requirements
  • Have spent the last two years working (paid or unpaid) in an identified consumer peer work or carer peer work role providing direct ongoing support to other consumers as part of their day-to-day work
  • An online Language Literacy and Numeracy skills assessment is required before enrolment can be confirmed in this course.
  • A workplace supervisor or manager is required to provide evidence of the participants competency in the units/qualification. For further information download the Supervisors Handbook.
  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Students will be required to have regular access to a computer and internet access to complete this course

See Learner Handbook for further details

Course delivery

This qualification requires attendance at 6 full-day face-to-face workshops. In order to help you balance work and study, training sessions are delivered in two-day blocks.

Online Component
This qualification requires the completion of an online Workplace Health and Safety unit.

Units of Competency
Core units
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
CHCPWK002 Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers
CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
Specialisation Elective unit choice
CHCPWK004 Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work – Elective Consumer Specialisation
CHCPWK005 Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker – Elective Carer specialisation
Elective units
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
Qualification fees

You may be eligible for a fee reduction or exemption dependent on your current circumstances and/or previous experience

Find out more about funding

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