This unit describes the skills knowledge required to work collaboratively with the care network and other potential services for a person with mental illness. This work provides a recovery oriented practice approach, involving a variety of health and community service professionals working collaboratively with the person and their care network. 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: - worked collaboratively with at least 3 different people with mental illness to meet recovery goals, 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; - roles and importance of different components of the support network; - how historical, social and policy contexts of mental health services have changed and how it impacts on current service delivery; - models of care coordination; - basic negotiation and conflict resolution techniques; - local and state services, including: availability; appropriateness and referral protocols, and; - reflective practice and its role in underpinning ongoing learning, growth and good practice.

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