Course Title: Working with Clients with Co-existing disorders

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Working with Clients with Co-existing disorders

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Mandy Morrison

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4065

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

HWSS2171 Assessment of Clients with Alcohol and/or Other Drugs Issues

Course Description

Under the Department of Human Services Victorian Alcohol and Other Drugs Minimum Qualification Strategy, new workers entering the field with a health, social or behavioural science related tertiary qualification are required to be competent against four units covering the alcohol and other drugs sector. This course meets the requirements of TWO OF THE FOUR competencies:

  • CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings
  • CHCAOD406D Work with clients who are intoxicated

Completion of this course and the course HWSS2171 Assessment of clients with Alcohol and/or Other Drugs Issues, will enable you to meet the Victorian Government’s minimum qualification requirements to work with clients with AOD issues. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the key skills and knowledge required of workers in the Alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector. Included within this course is a basic introduction to the Mental health sector in Victoria and how to work with clients who are intoxicated.

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

  • Work within the context of the mental health sector
  • Apply knowledge of the mental health sector to your work
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the central philosophies of the mental health sector
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the range of mental health service options
  • Provide a service to intoxicated clients
  • Assist client with longer term needs
  • Apply strategies to reduce harm or injury

Overview of Learning Activities

During the face-to-face workshops you will particpate in a range of learning activities, both theoretical and practical in nature. These may include case studies, presentations, small group learning and short answer tests or quizzes.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will be made available to you throughout this course. You may be required to find additional readings and information, but will be guided via your teachers and through myRMIT Studies

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.