Course Title: Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: HWSS6083C

Course Title: Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4364 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Iren Citler
Phone: +61 9925 4914

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

In this unit you will acquire 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 unit applies to workers who come into contact with clients affected by alcohol and other drugs.

This course addresses three units of competency
- Work in Alcohol and other drugs context CHCAOD001
- Assess needs of clients with AOD issues CHCAOD004
- Provide brief interventions CHCCCS014

These units are delivered and assessed together

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

In class: Class lectures and exercises, group discussions and practical demonstrations

Teaching Schedule



Cluster 1

Initial Engagement Cluster:            CHCAOD001






Assessment Details

Week 1

Explores the AOD sector

Introduction to AOD


History of AOD in Australia                

Intro to services service provision: current modes of practice          Treatment services: Allied health-service types




Explores the AOD models of dependence, community development and relevant legislation

Into to why people use substances/use and effect




Underpinning philosophy and values Context within which we understand AOD issues in society




Ethical considerations of working in industry Statutory responsibilities





Ethical conundrums group work



Intro to SUBS

Basic intro to why people use, support services/ withdrawal options


Week 3


Drug types: illicit/licit

Basic intro to substances




Introduction Screening and assessment modules





Screening work

Screening tool completed in couples: Role play


Audit& Assist

(Role play practice in class)

Week 4

Assessment Processes

Screening and assessment work begins with ‘James’

Role play assessment

(Undertake initial screening tool practice in class in pairs)


Youth forms

Drug and the adolescent brain

Youth AOD assessment



Specific AOD issues

Tobacco and alcohol Licit drugs in society

(Complete initial screening tool  on ‘James’ in class by 4 /3/16)

Week 5

Case management

Intro to case management practices

Processes and protocols

Risk assessment

(‘James’ file  (assessment) commences in class)


Case management

Case note writing

Group get together to prepare a working case management process on ‘James’

(Group work on James in class continues)


Specific AOD issues

Alcohol dvd

Cigarettes ,shisha, vape


Week 6

Brief Intervention

Communication Skills

Rapport building

Active listening


Role play intervention practices



Brief Intervention

Brief intervention

•Discusses Treatment,

Harm Reduction


•Harm Minimisation policy in Australia.

•Harm reduction application.

•Assessing harms & risks.

•Planning for harm reduction.

•Harm reduction response





Excursion to DAX


Week 7

Intervention practices

Ways of incorporating assessment modalities into intervention practice 4 p’s                              Role play each student assumes a “clinical” role in a case management process.                       Final group work on ITP

(Practice ITP  completion in groups)


Intervention practices

Stages of change

Motivational interviewing

 ITP (James Stage 1) completed in class


Specific AOD Issues


Completed Stage 1 ‘James due 25/03/16






















Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources


Overview of Assessment




Assessment Task 1: Conducted in Week 4: Completion of initial screening tool on case study 

Assessment Task 2: Conducted in Week 7: Completion of Individual Treatment Plan for fictitious client 

Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1: Conducted in Week 4: Completion of initial screening tool on case study (James)

Assessment Task 2: Conducted in Week 7: Completion of Individual Treatment Plan for fictitious client (James)




Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment task with the relevant unit of competency. These matrix's are available through program coordinator. 

Other Information

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• failure to follow processes required for safety
• breach of client or patient confidentiality
• failure to comply with the instructions of supervisors
• or other unprofessional behaviour

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