Course Title: Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: HWSS6083C

Course Title: Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4363 - Certificate IV in Community Services

Course Contact: Bronwyn Tanti

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9079

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Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to establish and work within the current context, philosophy and values of the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector.

This course applies to workers who come into contact with clients affected by alcohol and other drugs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context


1. Establish the context for AOD work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research, analyse and maintain up-to-date knowledge and awareness of the social, political, economic and legal contexts of AOD

1.2 Research and analyse impacts of AOD policy frameworks on AOD work practice

1.3 Apply understanding of the historical and social constructs of alcohol and drugs and the changes in alcohol and drug use


2. Apply understanding of context to AOD practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Apply knowledge of broad and specific AOD contexts to AOD work practice

2.2 Identify and use legal frameworks that impact on AOD work

2.3 Identify, review and apply information about evidence based models and frameworks of AOD work


3. Integrate the core values and principles of AOD work into practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess AOD practice values and ensure support and interventions are person-centred

3.2 Apply a harm minimisation approach to maximise support for the AOD client

3.3 Support the client’s rights and safety, including access and equity of services


4. Apply understanding of the impact of values in AOD practice

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Reflect on personal values and attitudes regarding AOD use and acknowledge their potential impact when working in AOD contexts

4.2 Apply awareness of organisations’ values

4.3 Consider client values in determining interventions and supports

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Classes where information is shared through talks and discussions, and workshops where exercises are conducted to apply learning. Time is spent during classes for students to work on assessment tasks.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1

Establishing the context of the AOD work

·         Social, political, economic and legal contexts of AOD

·         Historical and social constructs – definitions and perceptions of drugs, drug

          use, prevention and treatment

·         The values and philosophies of the AOD sector

Week 2

Identifying models of practice

·         Understanding historic models of practice and their impacts

·         Determining and reviewing current evidence-based models

·         Looking at emerging models of practice

Week 3

Meeting legal and ethical requirements

·         Working with legal framework and meeting ethical requirements

·         Identifying and following organisational values

·         Reflecting on the impact of own attitudes

Week 4

Identifying drug classes, impacts and use

·         The historic, current and emerging patterns of use

·         Identifying drug classes, primary properties and harm, how they are                              administered

·         Identifying signs and symptoms of use

Week 5

Applying AOD values and philosophies to practice

·         Making sure practice is person-centred

·         Promoting recovery and health

·         Empowering clients and supporting rights

Week 6

Identifying services and strategies

·         Identifying the services available to support client such as day programs,

          withdrawal services, inpatient and outreach etc.

·         Understanding the different types of prevention and intervention strategies

          provided by services

·         Considering client values in determining interventions and supports

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment task 1: Individual assessment

Assessment taak 2: Group assessment

Assessment task 3: Online quiz

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: Research, analyse and evaluate information about the AOD sector.

Assessment task 2: Work with scenario-based clients who have alcohol and/or drugs issues.

Assessment task 3: Complete one online, self-paced quiz on the key issues and concepts relating to networking and collaborative practice.

Assessment Matrix

Students will be given an assessment marking guide for reference at the time that the assessment tasks are distributed.

Other Information

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