Course Description

Youth workers are passionate about the rights and entitlements of younger Australians, and aim to help young people find a safe place to develop as members of society. As a youth worker, your role will be to help young people make the most of their opportunities. Youth workers can find employment in a variety of settings such as government sectors, the private sector or in specialised programs.

This course has been designed in consultation with experts in the industry, to make sure your learning is comprehensive and applicable to the current youth work sector. You'll have the unique opportunity to study subjects that focus on areas such as working with diversity, dealing with mental health issues and working with the family.

These units will give you the specialised knowledge to facilitate programs for young people through a range of community based programs designed to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.

*figures taken from joboutlook.gov.au from the career category: Social Workers. Accessed Mar. 2014

 

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

Youth workers are passionate about the rights and entitlements of younger Australians, and aim to help young people find a safe place to develop as members of society. As a youth worker, your role will be to help young people make the most of their opportunities. Youth workers can find employment in a variety of settings such as government sectors, the private sector or in specialised programs.

This course has been designed in consultation with experts in the industry, to make sure your learning is comprehensive and applicable to the current youth work sector. You'll have the unique opportunity to study subjects that focus on areas such as working with diversity, dealing with mental health issues and working with the family.

These units will give you the specialised knowledge to facilitate programs for young people through a range of community based programs designed to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.

*figures taken from joboutlook.gov.au from the career category: Social Workers. Accessed Mar. 2014

 

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

Potential career outcomes

  • Case Worker
  • Indigenous Youth Worker
  • Youth and Family Services Officer
  • Youth Worker
Course number E1031
Qualification name CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Quizzes, Short-Answer Questions, Workplace Assessments, Written Reports
Fee for service option awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

Youth workers are passionate about the rights and entitlements of younger Australians, and aim to help young people find a safe place to develop as members of society. As a youth worker, your role will be to help young people make the most of their opportunities. Youth workers can find employment in a variety of settings such as government sectors, the private sector or in specialised programs.

This course has been designed in consultation with experts in the industry, to make sure your learning is comprehensive and applicable to the current youth work sector. You'll have the unique opportunity to study subjects that focus on areas such as working with diversity, dealing with mental health issues and working with the family.

These units will give you the specialised knowledge to facilitate programs for young people through a range of community based programs designed to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.

*figures taken from joboutlook.gov.au from the career category: Social Workers. Accessed Mar. 2014

 

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download to the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Fee For Service Schedule

Module 1: Understanding Youth

  • Apply understanding of the social, historical, economic, legal and political contexts of young people
  • Apply understanding of the context of youth work
  • Work within the core values and practice frameworks of youth work
  • Work with understanding of the impact of values in determining the approach to working with young people

Module 2: Working with Diversity

  • Reflect cultural awareness in work practice
  • Accept cultural diversity as a basis for effective work place and professional relationships
  • Communicate effectively with culturally diverse persons
  • Resolve cross-cultural misunderstandings
  • Reflect an awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures in work practices
  • Reflect an awareness of own and other cultural realities in work practices
  • Communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Reflect cultural safety in workplace and professional relationships
  • Work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities

Module 3: WHS and Legal

  • Follow safe work practices
  • Implement safe work practices
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices
  • Demonstrate an understanding of legislation and common law relevant to work role
  • Follow identified policies and practices
  • Work ethically
  • Recognise and respond when client rights and interests are not being protected

Module 4: Working with Youth

  • Communicate effectively with clients and staff
  • Contribute to the implementation of effective communication strategies
  • Use specific communication techniques to maintain constructive interaction
  • Facilitate discussions
  • Identify communication strategies to build relationships with clients who are involuntary or present communication challenges
  • Communicate effectively with young people
  • Reflect understanding of youth cultures and subcultures and young person’s own development
  • Work with the young person as the focus 
  • Reflect on own practice and values
  • Establish relationship with the young person’s nominated carer/family members
  • Exchange information with family/carers about young person’s needs and/or risks
  • Determine a mutual approach to addressing the young person’s needs
  • Respond to families’/nominated carers concerns about young person

Module 5: Supporting Youth

  • Operate within a community development framework
  • Distinguish between private and public issues arising in community development work
  • Work with groups to achieve community development outcomes
  • Work effectively with diversity in the community
  • Create a relationship of trust and respect
  • Work with young people to identify their needs, rights, strengths, hopes and opportunities
  • Identify goals with the young person
  • Develop and implement action plans
  • Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people
  • Report indications of possible risk of harm
  • Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people

Module 6: Complexity of working with Youth

  • Apply knowledge of the mental health sector
  • Establish appropriate working relationships with consumers who are living with mental health issues
  • Clarify the needs and issues of consumers
  • Provide non-clinical services to meet consumer aspirations and needs
  • Apply self-care strategies
  • Implement risk-minimisation strategies
  • Maintain a safe environment for young people
  • Prevent escalation of violent behaviour
  • Secure the safety of clients
  • Develop a case management plan
  • Define plan implementation procedures
  • Establish review and evaluation systems

Module 7: Services for Youth

  • Identify and address immediate needs and circumstances of young people
  • Explore and clarify issues facing the young person and the nature of support sought
  • Facilitate goal setting and action planning
  • Provide targeted assistance and referral
  • Act as an advocate on request
  • Address resourcing issues for group activities 
  • Coordinate a group planning process
  • Manage group processes including responding to conflict
  • Evaluate group activities

Module 8: Electives

Students to choose two

  • Establish if there are LLN needs affecting client's access to service
  • Determine appropriate strategies to address client's LLN needs
  • Implement strategies to address agreed LLN needs
  • Identify and maintain links with relevant services
  • Provide relevant information to services
  • Work with and support other organisations to enhance service delivery
  • Prepare for assessment
  • Conduct assessment
  • Identify and respond to need for referral
  • Interpret and report on assessment results
  • Provide assessment feedback and information

Education

You will need to have completed Year 12, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate III level or higher, OR
  • Two years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 18 years old

English

This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Equipment

You will need access to a digital camera and associated software to save and upload image and video files to OpenSpace. You'll also need access to a web camera and a microphone enabled headset to participate in Google Hangouts, online tutorials and video conferences. Many smartphones, tablets and computers have this technology installed.

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies.

You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

The course contains 120 hours of work placement

Students will often undertake work placement in their current workplace or find a workplace through their friends, family or colleagues. If you experience difficulties finding a work placement, Open Colleges will provide you with advice, resources and support through our work placement support team.

There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check and a Working With Children Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements.

Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.

George Nawar

George Nawar has worked as a youth worker for Mission Australia, MTC Australia Youth Connections and Exodus Youth Worx. Prior to becoming a youth worker, he worked as a high school teacher in Australia, South Africa, South Korea and Egypt. He holds numerous qualifications in Youth Work and Community Services and is passionate about building community through learning.

Jane Fisher

Jane trained as a registered nurse and holds a Bachelor of Arts. For the last 20 years she has worked with young people in the drug, alcohol and mental health sectors in the community and in VET. This has included working in a variety of roles as a nurse/counsellor, community educator, workforce development officer and senior education officer. Jane is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Policy and Applied Social Research.

Martin Brown

Martin has worked in the community sector for almost a decade in areas including foster care, disabilities and mental health. Martin specialises in youth work with high needs behaviourally challenged young people. His hands-on training and experience is extensive. More recently, Martin has moved into the VET sector to aid others in gaining qualifications in the community services. Martin’s qualifications include a Diploma of Community Services Work, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as well as various training in case working, guided incident response and suicide/self harm.

Rychelle Carmody

Rychelle works as a residential youth worker in the Geelong region with high risk young people aged 11-20. She is also currently a youth education trainer at an alternative school teaching personal development skills which forms a part of the VCAL Certificate. Rychelle enjoys being able to make a difference in young people’s lives by giving them opportunities to learn new things. Rychelle has also been a Certificate IV and Diploma of Youth Work trainer, where she really enjoyed giving other people an insight into what it takes and how rewarding it is to be a youth worker.

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