Course Title: Alcohol and Other Drugs, Interventions and Complex Needs

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Alcohol and Other Drugs, Interventions and Complex Needs

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

In 2020, there will be two offerings of this Course:

Offering 1: February 4, 5, 6, 7 - 9.30 am - 4.30 pm + Online components and Independent Research.   Offering 2: September 1, 2, 3, 4 - 9.30 am - 4.30 pm + Online components and Independent Research.


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS2171

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

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

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS2171

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFx2019 (All)

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Debra Bateman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8267

Course Coordinator Email: debra.bateman@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no formal prerequisites, however this course is clearly oriented towards students training for industries of care and wellbeing, advocacy and human services. There will be a practical skills component.


Course Description

This course provides an overview of the field of Alcohol and Other Drugs, the nature of what it means to be a client, and the complex needs associated with interventions. The course takes a socio-cultural perspective and draws heavily upon a practice/experiential base. This course is well suited to those students enrolled in programs oriented to human services and social care priorities, as the content of this course is as much focussed on understanding the roles and functions of alcohol and drugs within the socio-cultural and political context, as it is developing introductory skillsets of what it means to work with people who may experience addiction, recovery and various iterations of renewal. In this course, you will also consider notions of self and identity in relation to discourses of wellbeing, health, illness, dependence and complex needs.


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 - http://rmit.libguides.com/community


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.

 

Assessment 1: Societal representations of alcohol and drug use : Quiz and Media analysis (750 words, 20% weighting)

Assessment 2: Alcohol and/or Other Drugs (AOD) Service Pathways, Methodologies and Approaches (1500 words, 40% weighting)

Assessment 3: Application of therapeutic model of intervention and individual treatment plan (Interview + 1500 words, 40% weighting)