Martika Du’Pont Work Placement Experience at Reach Life

Martika grew up in Perth, however her family is originally from Pingelly, Western Australia. Martika has six siblings, three of which have previously studied at Marr Mooditj, having completed courses such as the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing (HLT54115), Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315) and Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice (HLT40213).

Martika first enrolled into the Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315) in which she completed her practical requirements with St Bartholomews House & Essential Personnel. This qualification reflects the role of workers who support self-directed recovery orientated interventions for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability.

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Once Martika had successfully obtained her Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315), she went on to study a Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) where she gained practical experience and was exposed to the industry with Reach Life, a counselling and life coaching service in Joondalup, under the supervision of Tahnee Witt.

Tahnee is an occupational therapist and a facilitator of cultural development and transformation.

Transcript of the interview with Martika:

Are the educators at Marr Mooditj Training supportive?

Marr Mooditj educators are extremely supportive and understanding; they work with us students on an individual level as well as within a classroom/ group environment. If there was a struggling student, they would be there helping them through it; the educators make the course, the support given here is unlike other training providers.

What’s the classroom interaction like?

Our educators set the boundaries and made clear what was expected from everyone in terms of attendance, guidelines and timeframes. The educators make themselves available during lunch and throughout the day for catch up work or to get ahead, which encourages the students to put in 100%. The educator also brings in lollies and snacks for everyone, which are always a treat.

Can you tell us about the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support available at Marr Mooditj Training?

I was aware of the support from my first enrolment – Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315). However it was during my second enrolment, Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015), that I accessed the service because of the higher knowledge and skills required by the course.

Practical and classroom assessments; were these balanced?

Within the Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315), students including myself completed blocks 01 & 02 before a block of work placement, then block 03 and the final work placement block before block 04. The block release format actually works well balancing out the class activities and work placements.

What would you tell your family and/or friends about studying at Marr Mooditj Training?

Marr Mooditj supports students until they reach their goals. They have a lot of support in place for the students, which you probably wouldn’t find elsewhere.

How was/is your work placement experience?

Here at Reach Life with Tahnee as my supervisor, I feel that she has made sure I was able to gain as much experience and exposure to the industry that Reach Life could offer. It wasn’t just a tick and a flick, we meet often, discussing the work placement logbook in detail to ensure I was able to cover as much as I could and to meet the objectives as the placement continued.

Do you feel Marr Mooditj has helped you with being work ready?

The Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) definitely helped! We study the theory side of things first, then we get an opportunity to apply those skills in the workplace, you get a feel for the workplace culture within the industry and what is expected of you as an employee.