Course Title: Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2018
Course Code: LAW5734C
Course Title: Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies
Campus: City Campus
Program: C5360 - Diploma of Financial Counselling
Course Contact: Jo Wallwork
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3983
Course Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nominal Hours: 100
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
This course describes the skills and knowledge required to assist clients to not only identify their interests and rights but to voice and realise these interests, needs and rights.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
E1. Facilitate the realisation of client interests, rights and needs
1.1 Discuss the rights and responsibilities of all parties with client
1.2 Provide client with researched, relevant and timely information on their rights and responsibilities
1.3 Assist clients to identify their own interests, rights, needs, choices and responsibilities
1.4 Identify when rights are infringed or not being met
1.5 Provide client with information on available options for meeting their rights and needs and assist them to identify their preferred option
E2. Advocate in accordance with client preferences and requests to optimise client outcomes
2.1 Undertake an assessment to identify client’s ability to advocate for self
2.2 Initiate, negotiate and implement relevant strategies for addressing client rights and needs in collaboration with the client
2.3 Identify potential barriers as well as resources
2.4 Identify and contact the most appropriate individuals and/or organisations and represent the client to optimise outcomes for the client
2.5 Ensure information is kept in confidence unless authorisation is given to release it
E3. Provide ongoing support to clients
3.1 Support and encourage clients to exercise their rights and personal preferences without compromising their safety and that of others
3.2 Consult with supervisor, other support workers and the service about interests, rights and needs of clients in a way that upholds their rights and supports their reasonable expectations
3.3 Identify situations of risk or potential risk and refer appropriately
3.4 Apply work practices to minimise potential for harm to clients, self and others
3.5 Conduct all activities in accordance with legal, organisation and duty of care requirements
E4. Support clients making a complaint
4.1 Discuss organisation and legal complaints mechanism and ensure client is aware of rights and responsibilities
4.2 Assist client in lodging a complaint
4.3 Monitor process and provide ongoing support and information to client
E5. Review progress
5.1 Discuss progress and outcomes with the client and collaborate on further action as necessary
5.2 Ensure follow up and links to other services as required and in accordance with client preferences
5.3 Obtain feedback and identify opportunities for improvement to own work and action as appropriate
On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. By applying these skills, you will be able to assist and support clients to articulate their own needs and requirements and be able to develop their own problem-solving and action-planning skills.
Details of Learning Activities
- teacher directed group activities/projects
- peer teaching
- group discussion
- class exercises to review discussions/lectures
- role play activities
- Out-of-class activities:
- independent project based work
- online and other research
- independent study
Introduction to unit
Relationship between human needs & human rights
Human rights frameworks
What is advocacy (differences with negotiation & mediation)
Rights & responsibilities of all parties – recognising these, discussing with client/s, providing client with researched, relevant, timely information re their rights & responsibilities
Working with the client to assist them in identifying their own interests, rights, needs, choices & responsibilities
Can client advocate for themselves? How to undertake an assessment to identify client’s ability to do this (and why)
Identifying when rights are infringed or not being met
Working with the client to identify options (providing information that is relevant, communicating effectively to elicit client needs – think of strategies to facilitate this process)
Working with barriers to this process (identifying what these barriers may be) – include these in development of strategies
|Workshop two||Legal and ethical requirements - Duty of care
Working with client with other services, support workers – how to consult in a way that upholds their rights and supports their reasonable expectations
Maintaining confidentiality – client authorisation
Identifying situations of risk or potential risk – referring when appropriate (how to). Look at work practices to minimise potential for harm to clients, self and others
Discuss organisation and legal complaints mechanism and ensure client is clear about their rights and responsibilities
Work with client to lodge a complaint – how to monitor process and provide ongoing support and information
Following up on advocacy process –
As a worker, obtaining feedback and identifying opportunities to improve own work
Resources for this course will be available to students through Canvas.
Overview of Assessment
Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through your engagement with case studies, where you will detail strategic approaches to working with clients in developing the clients' skills in goal-focused problem-solving. You will need to have a good understanding of your role as advocate, and what this means in terms of working with clients, and you will be required to explain this role clearly.
You will be assessed through
- Case study scenarios
- Written assignment
- Short answer questions
This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment.
To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher when you have completed the assessment tasks.
You should refer to the assessment plan which is available on Blackboard for details of each assessment task and for detailed assessment criteria. The dates noted below are provisional and may be subject to change.
Assessment Task 1: Online Quiz - multi-choice and short answer questions
Due date: 7 March 2018
Assessment Task 2: Case study scenario and short answer questions
Due date: 18 March 2018
Assessment Task 3: Written response and research questions
Due date: 18 March 2018
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CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available with the assessment tasks on Canvas.
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