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Course in Supporting People with a Psychosocial Disability

Course Outline

The Course in Supporting People with Psychosocial Disability is a Victorian State accredited course developed to address skills development associated with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Successful completion of this course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Work as a disability Support Worker with people with a psychosocial disability.
  • Respond to crisis situations.
  • Understand the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and work within an NDIS service environment.
  • Support the safety of people with disability through identifying and reporting abuse and/or family violence.

This includes knowledge of how psychosocial disability differs from most other forms of disability, understanding the support needs of people with psychosocial disability and recovery-oriented practice.

Support workers need to demonstrate a high degree of sensitivity and empathy in all aspects of their work, practice self-care and manage stressors in the work environment.

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National Code 22532VIC Delivery Mode Face-to-face Assessment Mode Classroom & Online self-study Duration 6 months Location Surrey Hills / Nunawading (VIC)


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Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements:

There are no prerequisites for this nationally recognized qualification.

Admission Requirements:

There are no barriers to entry based on age (other than post-school students over 16), gender, social or educational background. Students need to be able-bodied and have the physical capacity to undertake the practical application of the program.

The student should have foundation skills at the ACSF levels listed below.  This is tested during our Pre-training review.  Each student is required to complete the Language, Literacy & Numeracy assessment to determine what level they are currently working at & if they are suitable to proceed with this qualification.  Where students do not have skills, they may be provided with additional support to develop their literacy and numeracy skills to this level if appropriate, or alternatively, they will be provided information on other more appropriate courses.

USI Requirements:

Learners are required to comply with Evidence of enrolments at the time of enrolment with ONCALL Training College. Students are required to provide appropriate forms of IDs to confirm their eligibility to enrol in this course. Students are required to apply for unique student identification (USI) number while their study period in Australia and this information will be handed to the students at the time of orientation.

IT Requirements:

This qualification requires a basic understanding and use of computers and the internet. Support will be provided as required to develop the student’s skills.

Course Structure

To successfully achieve the 22532VIC Course in Supporting People with Psychosocial Disability, five (5) core units must be succesfully completed.

Practical Requirements

In this employment-based program, it is expected that students will be working as a Support Worker.

Training Delivery

Workshops, 9:00 am – 4.30 pm 1 day per week.

This course will be delivered using a blended delivery methodology. The blended methodology employed by ONCALL Training College will include an intensive face-to-face classroom training session including a theoretical and practical component along with online and self-study, where the student is required to undertake activities on our online platform Moodle.

The practical component is conducted at ONCALL Training Colleges at Surrey Hills/Nunawading or a location suitable to your home or place of business in Victoria.

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
VU22853 Apply a human rights-based approach to the identification reporting and prevention of disability abuse Core
VU22733 Identify and provide initial response to family violence risk Core
VU22855 Work effectively within an NDIS service environment Core
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations Core
VU22859 Provide support to consumers with psychosocial disability Core
Career Opportunities

Psychosocial disability (a disability resulting from a mental health issue) is funded under the NDIS. Whilst services may be available, Support Workers are not always trained and experienced in working with this cohort, and may not understand the support needs of people with psychosocial disability.

It is therefore crucial that staff have psychosocial disability-specific skills, knowledge and experience and that they bring to the task of working with people experiencing psychosocial disability a high degree of sensitivity and empathy.

Payment Plan

ONCALL Training College offers you a Payment Plan, which enables you to pay for the course over its duration. Your first instalment is required as part of the enrolment process. Following commencement, you will be debited electronically each week until the completion of your payment plan.

Payment Plan:

Course in Supporting People with a Psychosocial Disability (3 equal payments, total payments $900)
Fee for service paid over $300 weekly instalments

1st Payment $300 at enrolment
2nd Payment $300 one week after first workshop
3rd Payment $300 two weeks after first workshop


Full Course Fees

Fee Type Student Fee Skills First Funded Fee** $0 Full Fee $900

** Your course can be subsidised by the Victorian Government’s Skills First program.

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RTO ID: 45098

Nationally Recognised Training
This training course is a Nationally Recognised Certificate and meets AQF standards.

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