The MHCSA Skill Sets project aims to develop two separate (subsidised) Skill Sets based on the Certificate IV in Mental Health and Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, that will become affordable training to enable people to safely work in entry level roles as NDIS Psychosocial Support Workers, Mental Health Support Workers or as a pathway to becoming a fully trained Peer Worker while working in a support worker role.

Thanks you so much to all the front line workers and others who have contributed so far to our survey and interviews to gather the information we need to design Skill Sets that will meet the needs of learners and employers.  We expect the data gathering part to be completed by the end of the month and will start working out what learning outcomes the two SKill Sets will need to deliver.

Very preliminary themes worth sharing at the moment:

95% or respondents are happy working in the mental health sector (this work is a bit of a vocation, truly)

Top 3 personal attributes of a successful support worker-

  • Respect
  • Calm under pressure
  • Seeing person’s strengths, not their condition

Top three things to understand when starting in the sector

  • Understanding NDIS requirements
  • Knowing scope of practice
  • Managing personal wellbeing

Top 3 issues – challenges working in MH

  • The barriers to the MH system
  • Understanding NDIS
  • Managing clients with complex needs
  • And for Peer Workers – dealing with ethical dilemmas to Peer Practice

Shandy Arlidge, Senior Project Officer