Course Title: Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: HWSS6088C

Course Title: Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

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

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Nominal Hours: 90

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Relevant industry experience or completion of relevant qualification.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design, implement and monitor ongoing therapeutic interventions drawing on evidence informed models and techniques. It involves holistic consideration of all client needs, and collaboration with other services.

This unit applies to individuals who work with significant autonomy in the provision of interventions and support to clients with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues. While work is carried out in the context of an existing treatment plan, the worker may also design and adapt specific strategies.

This unit is delivered and assessed in a cluster with:
CHCAOD007 - Develop strategies for AOD relapse prevention and management
CHCAOD009 - Develop and review individual AOD practice

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD008 Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues


1. Design intervention and support strategies

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate information from client assessment and treatment plan

1.2 Determine the immediate and proximate needs and goals of the client

1.3 Review the scope of client needs and client interactions with other support services

1.4 Identify therapeutic models and techniques with potential to meet desired outcomes

1.5 Analyse and select specific options and strategies that best meet client needs

1.6 Integrate techniques and strategies to maximise potential outcomes for client


2. Implement intervention and support strategies

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Establish professional relationship within appropriate worker/client boundaries

2.2 Use counselling and other intervention techniques and strategies as planned

2.3 Recognise and respond to difficult or challenging situations

2.4 Adapt and refine approaches based on client interactions and own observations

2.5 Maintain engagement with reticent or reluctant clients

2.6 Include exploration of issues beyond the immediate scope of the intervention that may impact on progress

2.7 Document client interventions according to organisation policy


3. Make holistic evaluation of client progress

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Monitor and review client progress against planned goals

3.2 Adjust intervention and support strategies based on outcomes of review

3.3 Evaluate personal and agency ability to deliver services that address all client needs

3.4 Determine client’s physical, social, emotional and other needs that cannot be met in agency service


4. Collaborate with others

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify other options and services able to assist client needs

4.2 Consult with other services about potential to provide services to clients and for shared care work

4.3 Make referrals to other services according to organisation protocols

4.4 Work collaboratively with significant others, co-workers and other services to support client needs

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


This cluster is conducted via in-class discussions, lectures and group activities

Teaching Schedule



Advanced AOD Practice                :

This cluster comprises units CHCAOD007 ,  CHCAOD008 and CHCAOD009




Assessment Details

Week 1

Advanced AOD Practice




Motivational Interviewing

Group work on what issues  Pt 3 encounters

Stages of change

Complete annoying habit questionnaire

Motivational interviewing explored in full including lapse/relapse processes and prevention strategies


Role play MI : students take turns to play ‘Denise’ pt 3 and clinician.


Week 2


Intro to CBT Protective factors bio psycho social model of work


Explore various CBT practices.: Core beliefs, cravings diary, exploring stressors, triggers etc

Research paper task ( 2 parts) made available this week.


Part 1: Students hand in a Principle of Practice research paper on one method of intervention (2000 words)


Paper (Part 1): Due at beginning of Semester 2


Presentation (Part 2) will take place in Semester 2




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


Assessment Task 1: Research assignment

Assessment Task 2: Presentation

Assessment Tasks



Assessment task 1:

Principle of Practice research paper on one method of intervention (2000 words) : Due Week 1 of Semester 2


Assessment task 2:

Presentation based on research : Due in Semester 2 (as arranged with teacher)

Assessment Matrix


The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through program staff. 

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