Course

Working Safely and Ethically as a Mental Health and Addiction Support Worker


Course code MH005

This course covers cultural safety for Māori, including the principles of participation, partnership and protection in health, disability and community services.

You will also learn about risks, safe practice and de-escalation techniques. Finally, you will learn about ethical behaviour, reflecting on your behaviour with mental health and addiction service users/tāngata whaiora and gain verification that you behave in an ethical manner.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Describe culturally safe Māori operating principles and values in a health, disability, or community setting
  • Describe risks for mental health and addiction service users, support workers, and others
  • Describe strategies for contributing to the safety of mental health and addiction service users, support workers, and others
  • Describe the role of communication in de-escalation when working in mental health and addiction services
  • Describethe triggers that can lead to the occurrence of aggressive behaviour, and the correct use of de-escalation techniques when working in mental health and addiction services
  • Apply culturally safe Māori operating principles and values in a health, disability, or community setting
  • Implement strategies for contributing to the safety of mental health and addiction service users, support workers, and others
  • Reflect on own ethical practice as a mental health and addiction support worker
  • Demonstrate ethical practice as a mental health and addiction support worker

Requirements

Students must be in paid or unpaid work as a mental health or addiction support worker and have a signed memorandum of understanding signed by their employer

Assessment

This course is 100% internally assessed