Course Title: Alcohol and/or Other Drugs Interventions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Alcohol and/or Other Drugs Interventions

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Chris Walters

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8268

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.02

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is the first of two elective courses (HWSS2171 and HWSS2172) that together will provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed to work in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and community mental health (non-clinical) sectors. In this foundational course you will learn about different classes of drugs and their varying impacts on individuals, families and communities. You will be introduced to a range of services, as well as resources and approaches to working with clients with AOD issues in the AOD sector. You will have opportunities to apply this knowledge to the comprehensive assessment of individual client needs, the development of case plans and referral to other services as required.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the key skills, knowledge and attitude required of workers in the Alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector. Included within this course is a basic introduction to the services and approaches to working with clients with (AOD) issues including comprehensive assessment of client needs, the development of case plans and undertaking referral as required.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of contemporary policy and evidence-based therapeutic models to effectively communicate and engage with diverse clients in the AOD sector.
  2. Interpret, analyse and synthesise a range of information to comprehensively assess a client's individual treatment needs.
  3. Determine appropriate treatment options and develop an individual treatment plan based on a comprehensive assessment of a client's needs.
  4. Apply practice-based knowledge and skills to work responsibly and ethically in the AOD sector with and for clients presenting with AOD issues.

Overview of Learning Activities

To develop and demonstrate practice-based knowledge and skills you will participate in practical learning activities in simulated industry settings based around case studies and scenarios. These activities are designed to facilitate your achievement of all the course learning outcomes (CLO) and may include role plays, presentations, demonstrations of equipment use and the preparation of documentation. You will work individually and in small groups.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will be guided to a range of resources, directly relevant to the content. You will be encouraged to read more broadly through access to online learning tools and content for your course via myRMIT and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include journal articles, media articles, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own sources with your peers.

Please refer to the subject guide available via this link -

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed throughout this course both in-class and via specific assessment tasks. in this course, a range of strategies will be used - including but not restricted to -simulations, case studies and client scenarios, tests and quizzes, report writing and the development, implementation and review of case plans.

Task 1: Application of therapeutic models of interventions in engaging clients through a structured role play using a screening and assessment tool (2000 words, 20% weighting, CLO1, CLO2)

Task 2: Reflecting on practice-based knowledge and skills to work with people with AOD issues through a case study approach, including development of an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) (2000 words, 50% weighting, CLO2, CLO3)

Task 3: Relating research of services and clinical review treatment options to the development of an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP), and appropriate referral options applied in a simulated clinical review (2000 words, 30% weighting, CLO3, CLO4)