This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively in providing services to implement a range of strategies as part of recovery oriented service provision for people with mental illness. This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - collaborated with at least 3 different people with mental illness to develop, implement and review a plan for recovery using recovery orientated approaches, and; - performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least 80 hours of work.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legal and ethical considerations (international, national, state/territory and local) for mental health work, and how these are applied in organisations and individual practice; - values and principles of the mental health sector; - evidence base for recovery including research and personal recovery experience; - types of mental illness; - local and international best-practice frameworks for: planning; assessment; implementing plan and review; - strategies to support a person in distress or crises and de-escalate incidents of risk; - historical, current and emerging models of understanding mental illness in Australia and internationally; - techniques for communication and motivational interviewing/counselling; - normalising statements, and; - reflective practice and its role in underpinning ongoing learning, growth and good practice.

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