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CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues

CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues

In the realm of Christian ministry, the unit “CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues” holds significant importance. This unit is specifically tailored to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to identify and address the unique mental health challenges faced by individuals within a pastoral and spiritual context.

Within Christian ministry, it is crucial to recognize that congregants may be grappling with a range of mental health issues. These issues can impact their overall well-being, spirituality, and ability to actively engage in their faith. This unit emphasizes the importance of understanding and responding to these specific challenges by providing appropriate pastoral and spiritual support.

The unit “CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues” is particularly valuable for those pursuing qualifications as a Chaplain. By completing this unit, individuals will gain the necessary expertise to identify and respond to the diverse mental health needs of congregants within a Christian ministry setting. This includes offering appropriate pastoral care and spiritual guidance that supports individuals in their mental health journey while honoring their faith.

Work with people with mental health issues

Vision Colleges AQF NRT LogoThis unit  “CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues ”In the realm of Christian ministry, this unit holds significant importance. This unit is specifically tailored to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to identify and address the unique mental health challenges faced by individuals within a pastoral and spiritual context.

Within Christian ministry, it is crucial to recognize that congregants may be grappling with a range of mental health issues. These issues can impact their overall well-being, spirituality, and ability to actively engage in their faith. This unit emphasizes the importance of understanding and responding to these specific challenges by providing appropriate pastoral and spiritual support.

The unit "CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues" is particularly valuable for those pursuing qualifications as a Chaplain. By completing this unit, individuals will gain the necessary expertise to identify and respond to the diverse mental health needs of congregants within a Christian ministry setting. This includes offering appropriate pastoral care and spiritual guidance that supports individuals in their mental health journey while honoring their faith.

Furthermore, this unit is one of the four essential units required for those seeking qualifications in Pastoral Supervision. Pastoral Supervisors play a vital role in supporting and guiding individuals involved in Christian ministry. By having an understanding of mental health issues and the skills to provide appropriate support, Pastoral Supervisors can effectively assist others in navigating the complexities of mental health challenges within their ministry roles.

Work With People With Mental Health Issues: - Issues To Be Addressed

Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace with the addition of simulations and scenarios where the full range of contexts and situations have not been provided in the workplace. The following conditions must be met for this unit:

  1. use of suitable facilities, equipment, and resources
  2. modeling of industry operating conditions, including:
  3. use of verbatims to reflect on own provision of pastoral and spiritual care under the mentoring of a qualified chaplain or pastoral and spiritual care worker
  4. interactions with clients from a range of backgrounds under the supervision of a qualified chaplain or pastoral and spiritual care worker

Work With People With Mental Health Issues: - Knowledge Evidence

Performance Evidence

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  1. provided pastoral and spiritual support to 3 clients or community groups
  2. documented a log of 20 hours of reflection and review of own performance, values, and beliefs
  3. prepared a Pastoral Care Verbatim Report in collaboration with supervising chaplain or pastoral and spiritual care worker
  4. performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of 100 hours of work in at least 1 organization or community setting

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate the essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

  • legal and ethical considerations (international, national, state/territory, local) when working with people with mental health issues, and how these are applied in organisations and individual practice:
    • children in the workplace
    • codes of practice
    • discrimination
    • dignity of risk
    • duty of care
    • human rights
    • informed consent
    • mandatory reporting
    • privacy, confidentiality and disclosure
    • policy frameworks
    • records management
    • rights and responsibilities of workers, employers and individuals
    • specific mental health legislation – impact on individual workers and consequences of breaches
    • work role boundaries – responsibilities and limitations
    • work health and safety
  • values and principles of the mental health sector, including:
    • recovery
    • recovery oriented practice
    • health promotion and prevention
    • holistic approach
    • empowerment/disempowerment
    • access and equity
    • early intervention
    • rights
    • social justice and inclusion
    • citizenship
  • different contexts of mental health work, including:
    • historical context, changing attitudes to mental health and approaches to working with people with mental health issues
    • social context. changing societal views of mental health and approaches to working with people
    • political context, government policies and initiatives affecting the mental health sector
    • economic context, the current economic situation as it relates to and affects the mental health sector and the subsequent impact on people
  • impact of own attitudes on working with people with mental health issues
  • key issues facing people with mental health illnesses, including impact of prejudice and discrimination
  • myths and facts about mental illness
  • types of mental illness
  • existing services to address a person’s needs and rights
  • appropriate responses to changes in mental health, mental distress and crisis
  • circumstances in which referral to a health or other professional is appropriate

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Establish respectful relationships with people with mental health issues

1.1 Communicate in a way that develops and maintains respect, hope, trust, and self-direction
1.2 Work in a way that reflects and prioritizes the person’s right to self-define and direct their own recovery
1.3 Recognise and respect the person’s social, cultural, and spiritual differences
1.4 Support the person to understand and exercise their rights
1.5 Maintain confidentiality and privacy of the person within the organization’s policy and protocols

2. Determine the needs of people with mental health issues

2.1 Gather and interpret information about the person’s needs from the person and other agreed sources
2.2 Identify and discuss with the person, services and strategies that support empowerment and recovery
2.3 Support the person to express their own identity and preferences and avoid imposing own values and attitudes
2.4 Identify duty of care and dignity of risk considerations in collaboration with the person

3. Work with people with mental health issues to meet aspirations and needs

3.1 Provide support that facilitates progress towards the person’s goals in collaboration with the person and their care network
3.2 Work in ways that uphold the person’s rights
3.3 Adapt service delivery within organization policies and procedures to meet the person’s specific needs and requirements
3.4 Document interactions and services according to organization policy and procedures
3.5 Respond promptly and supportively to people experiencing distress or crisis
3.6 Work within the limits of own knowledge, abilities, and work role and make referrals to other services as indicated by the person’s needs

Learning Options

Students complete the subject “CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues ” through our “Online Training Portal” while evidence of practical experience will be applied in the context of the local church

The portal provides the student with an interactive and comprehensive learning and training section.  Various assignments are presented which are designed to teach and develop and determine competency in the units. Detailed instructions and access are provided to students by VIC as they enter the unit.

An overview of the training portal can be accessed through these videos.

Logging into the LMS

An overview of your resource

Completing assessments

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