Course Title: Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: HWSS6087C

Course Title: Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5346 - Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 55

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

Relevant industry experience or completion of relevant qualification.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with clients to develop strategies for preventing and managing relapse, should it occur, as well as ways to deal effectively with potentially harmful behaviour.

This unit applies to workers who develop strategies with, and for, clients with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues within established organisation guidelines.

This unit is delivered and assessed in a cluster with:

  • CHCAOD008 - Provide advanced intervention to meet the needs of clients with AOD issues
  • CHCAOD009 - Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD007 Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management


1. Explore relapse prevention

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review client information to inform relapse prevention work

1.2 Prepare client for the possibility of relapse as a common experience

1.3 Determine any previous relapse prevention strategies used by the client

1.4 Determine stakeholders to be included in the relapse prevention process, in consultation with the client


2. Identify potential risks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and discuss potential relapse triggers with the client

2.2 Determine environmental factors that could contribute to client responses

2.3 Identify circumstances that could cause potentially harmful behaviour to client and others

2.4 Complete a risk assessment process in conjunction with client according to organisation protocols


3. Develop relapse prevention and management strategies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Research and evaluate a range of support strategies and identify the most suitable to meet client’s needs

3.2 Work with client in a manner that promotes client participation and respects client’s insights and experiences

3.3 Work collaboratively with client to select most appropriate relapse prevention strategies

3.4 Work with client to identify relapse management strategies and contingency plans if difficulties are encountered, including harm minimisation


4. Report and document information

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Accurately record strategies in individual treatment plan according to organisation protocols

4.2 Follow privacy and confidentiality requirements when reporting feedback

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: Lectures, discussion and group work

Out of class: Readings, research activities and site visits

Teaching Schedule





Identifying and applying relapse prevention strategies

Exploring stages of change and relapse

Motivational interviewing to determine relapse strategies

Implementing strategies and treatment planning


Cognitive behaviour therapy

Bio psycho social model of work

CBT practice


Using therapies relevant to AOD

Other therapies, such as rational emotive therapy, reality therapy and resilience based interventions

Using multiple therapies and treatment planning

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning Resources 

The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information is available from the site library resources and services.

If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online.

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provides support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. 

Overview of Assessment

  • Practical demonstrations of skills and knowledge based on case studies
  • Quizzes and/or knowledge questions


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Conduct relapse planning sessions with case study clients

Assessment Task 2: Develop and implement intervention/support strategies and develop treatment plans with case study clients using cognitive behavioural therapy and another chosen therapy

Assessment Task 3: Complete quiz relating to advanced AOD practice key concepts, approaches and techniques

Assessment Matrix

Students may obtain an assessment matrix from the Program Coordinator.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT Students’ site for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Applying for an Extension

Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. Speak with your teacher or course coordinator regarding applying for an extension.

Applying for Special Consideration

If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information. see Special consideration.

Academic Integrity, Plagiarism and Collusion

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Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.

Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
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  • Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
  • 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.

For further information, please refer to Academic integrity and Student responsibilities.

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Complaints Procedure

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Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable. Visit Student complaints.

Police Checks

Students must obtain their own police check by the due date and pay the associated costs.

RMIT will not store Police Checks on student files.

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