Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health)

Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Deepening
Course Location
Online; Bairnsdale
Course Duration
Full Time: 1-2 years
Course Cost
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2015 - Application Form (pdf)
Study Modes
Online; Full Time
Starting Date
Full Time:
  • July 2014

Rolling enrolments


Online Leongatha
Melissa Curphey

AOD & MH Department
Phone: (03) 5662 6835
Email: m.curphey@federationtraining.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Flexible Delivery Bairnsdale
Sue Cullinan

Phone: (03) 5152 0743
Email: studentadvisor@federationtraining.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC Morwell 3841

Course Overview

This advanced course will equip you with specialist skills and knowledge including counselling, advocacy and education/health promotion as they relate to working with clients with alcohol, drug and mental health issues.

Qualifications And Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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Employment Prospects

  • Community Rehabilitation and Support 
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker

Online Requirements

Participants must have daily access to a computer with a broadband internet connection to participate in this online course. A broadband connection is required due to the large data transmissions needed to participate in the Elluminate (virtual classroom) and other course activities. You must also be comfortable using the internet and other applications such as Microsoft Word, Adobe and Email. Participants will need a headset (with microphone) to attend online classes.

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into this course, applicants must hold one or more of the following: 

  • Completed the compulsory units from either the Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs or Certificate IV in Mental Health 
  • Sufficient current or previous work experience in the Health and/or Community Services industry
AND also  
  • Be 18 years of age or older 
  • Have well developed literacy skills 
  • Have well developed ICT Skills
  • Have ready access to broadband internet connection

How To Apply

Direct to Institute


Each unit is assessed individually - Assessment methods typically include case studies, Q&A, group discussions, online conferencing (virtual classroom), assignments, problem solving, projects, research activities and presentations.

Opportunities For Further Study

  • Some units may provide credit to other diploma qualifications in the Community Services training package.
  • This course could lead to credit into the Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling at Monash University.

Can prospective students enrol in individual units?


Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Name
CHCAD504B Provide advocacy and representation services
CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector 
CHCAOD510B Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and/or other drug issues
CHCAOD511C Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drug issues
CHCAOD512B Develop and implement a behaviour response plan (Note - prerequisite CHCICS305A)
CHCAOD513A Provide relapse prevention strategies
CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
CHCCS504B Provide services to clients with complex needs
CHCCW503A Work intensively with clients
CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings
CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes
CHCMH404B Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process
CHCMH409A Facilitate consumer, family and carer participation in the recovery process
CHCMH501A Provide advanced supports to facilitate recovery
CHCMH504E Provide a range of services to people with mental health issues
CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPOL501A Access evidence and apply in practice
CHCPROM503A Provide community focused promotion and prevention strategies
HLTWHS401A Maintain workplace WHS processes