Course Title: Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: HWSS6084C

Course Title: Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

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: 135

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 prepare for and conduct assessments of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) clients to determine eligibility, service requirements and referral needs. This includes knowledge of factors affecting assessment for a range of different client groups including different genders, youth, older people, mandated and voluntary clients, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

This unit applies to people involved in the assessment of clients with AOD issues using established organisation or jurisdictional AOD assessment tools.

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:

CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues


1. Prepare for assessment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review existing information about the client and consult with relevant health or community services professionals based on client needs

1.2 Discuss with the client reasons for seeking help and other information that may assist in establishing a basis for further work

1.3 Explain organisation parameters of confidentiality and policy/procedures to client

1.4 Inform the client of the assessment purpose and process 1.5 Confirm client's understanding of the purpose and process of assessment


2. Conduct assessment


Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify history and pattern of client's drug use through client discussion and questioning

2.2 Identify and clarify co-existing issues in consultation with the client 2.3 Identify the clients key familial and social relationships and how they are impacted by their AOD use

2.4 Assess current status, patterns of use and levels of dependence using standardised or approved AOD screening and assessment tools

2.5 Collaborate with other health processionals as indicated by assessment 2.6 Identify indicators of other issues that may affect work with the client through observation and questioning


3. Record assessment and provide feedback

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Accurately record assessment results according to defined guidelines

3.2 Apply organisation criteria to determine entry to, or exclusion from, services

3.3 Prepare clear and comprehensive client assessment report 3.4 Provide feedback to the client based on assessment report


4. Identify and respond to need for referral

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify client issues that are outside the scope of the service and/or the scope of the worker

4.2 Identify appropriate service and other support options for the client and their family members

4.3 Inform the client of possible options and reasons for seeking other service and support options

4.4 Confirm the client's understanding of options

4.5 Work with the client to determine referral options and responsibilities

4.6 Make referral with client consent

4.7 Provide assessment information to others, including relevant health and/or community services professionals according to consent requirements

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

In class: Class lectures and exercises, group discussion 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: Completion of initial screening tool on case study 

Assessment Task 2:  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 tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrix's are available through program staff.

Other Information

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Applying for an Extension
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Applying for Special Consideration
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Examples of plagiarism include:
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• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

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Plagiarism Software
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- discuss placement options with the student; and/or
- provide program and career counselling.

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Early Termination of Placement

Under section 6 of the WIL Procedure, a placement may be ended early by the host organisation or School due to the student’s conduct and/or performance during the placement.

Possible reasons for such decisions may include, but are not limited to-

• 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

Where a placement ends early, a meeting will be convened to discuss the sequence of events that led to the termination. This meeting will precede any consideration of a student’s progress by the Progress Panel (if applicable) or Program Assessment Board.

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