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MQF LEVEL 4 AWARD

SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AT THE WORKPLACE

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MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE

This project has been funded through the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector on behalf of the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties. This project/publication reflects the views only of the author, and the MSDC and the MCVS cannot be held responsible for the content or any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

  • 2 part-time courses
  • 2 certifications
  • 1 year duration

MQF LEVEL 4 AWARD

SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AT THE WORKPLACE

The course is aimed at providing the learner with basic knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable the participant to support people with disabilities at the workplace. The participants will be able to identify and understand the diverse needs and abilities of persons with a disability in order to facilitate their inclusion in an employment setting. In addition to the theoretical input, practical experience alongside professionals would make explicit what they have learned and further enhance the learning intention. 

Course objectives

CRPD | Psychologists | Inspire’s Expert Panel | Adults with a disability  | Occupational therapists | Physiotherapists | Deaf Association | Assistive Devices for Visually Impaired Centre (ADVICE) | Richmond Foundation | Occupational Health & Safety Authority (OHSA) | Experienced Job Coaches

Participants & lecturers

The training course is divided into 2 components; Theoretical Component and a Practical Component.

Course Outline

Theoretical & Practical

This module will provide learners with a sound general knowledge about other disabilities and issues of mental health through recognising and understanding each disability’s manifestation as well as the potential impact environmental stressors may have on the person with a disability (hearing impairment, visual impairments, physical disability) and issues of mental health. It will highlight the specialised approaches and strategies and the importance of their implementation when working with individuals with other disabilities. It will also cover reasonable accommodations available and types of assistive technology available and how they can support individuals with a disability at the workplace.

UNIT 1 - Disability Issues & Inclusion - 2 credits

This module will focus on the wellbeing of the individual providing job coaching to individuals with a disability. Through this module, the learner will acquire the ability to identify basic stressors and how to develop simple coping strategies, understanding professional boundaries and personal character strengths. Learners will acquire the ability to practice different communication styles, including body language and other non0verbal communication strategies, learning how to adapt their interaction with different people with disabilities, employers, parents and co-workers.

The module will describe the diagnostic aspect and potential causes that lead to the individuals being diagnosed with an intellectual disability, as well as the potential impact that various stressors may have on the individual. It will cover the basic strategies and specialised approaches and the importance of their implementation to facilitate inclusion, when working with individuals with an intellectual disability. A focus on the various challenges involved when facilitating individuals with disability as well as the difficulties and the importance to liaise with other professionals for further specific recommendation will also be addressed.  

This module will focus on the process of Supported Employment as a tool to encourage independence within the social model of disability. The role and responsibilities of a Job Coach, the skills required for effective coaching and the role of the individual with a disability will be explored. Learners will acquire the skills to identify the essential components of a support plan (Pre-Employment Skills Training & Employment Skills Training), incorporating the importance of health and safety at the workplace, including raising awareness of possible hazards at the place of work. The role and the relevant contribution to the success of supported employment by other professions/disciplines are also highlighted. 

UNIT 2 - Intellectual Disabilities - 3 credits

The module will focus on general knowledge about disability and inclusion. It will describe the nature of and the potential causes of the various challenges and the potential impact that environmental stressors may have on the individual with a disability, as well as the local legislation and the labour market regarding individuals with a disability in employment. 

UNIT 3 - Autism Spectrum Disorders - 3 credits

UNIT 6 - Supported Employment - 4 credits

The module will focus on providing learners with a sound general knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder through recognising and understanding its manifestation, as well as the potential impact environmental sensory stressors may have on the person with autism. It will highlight the specialised approaches and strategies and the importance of their implementation when working with individuals with autism. It will also develop the understanding of learners in relation to the nature and potential causes of challenging behaviour and the stages leading to a behaviour meltdown and the basic strategies utilized in these contexts and the importance to liaise with other professionals for further specific recommendation.  

UNIT 7 - Taking Care of Yourself - 2 credits

UNIT 4 - Other Disabilities & Mental Health - 3 credits

Theoretical COMPONENT


Practical COMPONENT


Students will have the opportunity to observe experienced Job Coaches working with clients for 32 hours in a Supported Employment setting. Goals will be set before each practical placement is commenced and the goals need to be reviewed at mid-placement and at the end to ensure the goals are met or adapted according to the students’ needs. Observation sessions could either be held four times, 8 hours each, or eight times, for 4 hours each. Each student will be assigned 2 clients, and will be asked to record their observations and reflections in a logbook. Following these practical sessions, students will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences during Focus Groups (4x2 hours). 

UNIT 5 - Practical Placements - 2 credits

Contact hours     : 86hrs

Self-study hours : 313hrs

Hands-on hours : 32hrs

Assessment hours  : 19hrs

Hours of total learning


MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE

Crisis situations covered

Course description

Hours of total learning

Course objectives

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

The course is aimed at providing the learner with basic knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable the participant to support people with disabilities at the workplace. The participants will be able to identify and understand the diverse needs and abilities of persons with a disability in order to facilitate their inclusion in an employment setting. In addition to the theoretical input, practical experience alongside professionals would make explicit what they have learned and further enhance the learning intention. 

Person who is suicidal or engaging in self-injury

Person having a panic attack

Person who has experienced a traumatic event

Person in a severe psychotic state

Person with severe effects from alcohol or other drug use

Person with aggressive behaviour

Course outline & content

12 hours

Mental health problems in Malta  

Mental Health First Aid Action Plan

Depression

Anxiety problems

Psychosis

Substance use problems

Mental health crises

Individuals must be in possession of a minimum of MQF Level 3 (SEC 1-5 or equivalent) in English and any other 3 subjects. The applicant must be fluent (written & verbal) in English (and Maltese if nationality is Maltese) and have basic computer skills. 


Or 


 A minimum of 2 years relevant hands on experience in the area of disability, such as, but not limited to, special education/resource teachers, job coaching, learning support assistants and those supporting and caring for an individual with a disability. The applicant must be fluent (written & verbal) in English (and Maltese if nationality is Maltese) and have basic computer skills. The eligibility and acceptance of participants will be evaluated by the Academic Committee.

Whom are these courses for ?


This training courses will target individuals that are motivated to enable inclusion of persons with disability in the workplace. They will be people who have the drive to coach and support individuals having disabilities such as, but not limited to intellectual, social/communication and physical disabilities. The ultimate outcome would be to build and teach necessary skills and provide strategies which will assist in choosing and maintaining meaningful employment.

Entry requirements


Schedule & duration


Part-time courses over the period of one year starting on the 25th April, 2017. The courses will run from April to October, lectures being held twice a week (5/6hrs weekly) on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 16:30. Students will be required to conduct a practical placement of 32 hours throughout the running of the course.

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First come first served basis

Contact lindsey.meilak@inspire.org.mt for more information.

This project has been funded through the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector on behalf of the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties. This project/publication reflects the views only of the author, and the MSDC and the MCVS cannot be held responsible for the content or any use which may be made of the information contained therein.