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: S0131 - Alcohol and Other Drugs Co-existing Needs Skill Set

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99258268

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 90

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

Completion of first year of Undergraduate program

Course Description

This course is the first of two elective courses (HWSS2171 and HWSS2172) that together will provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed to work in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and community mental health (non-clinical) sectors. In this foundational course you will learn about different classes of drugs and their varying impacts on individuals, families and communities. You will be introduced to a range of services, as well as resources and approaches to working with clients with AOD issues in the AOD sector. You will have opportunities to apply this knowledge to the comprehensive assessment of individual client needs, the development of case plans and referral to other services as required.


Successfully completing this course along with HSWS2172, Co-existing Disorders, as part the successful completion of your undergraduate degree, will qualify you to work in clinical and non-clinical roles in AOD and community mental health settings in government and non-government organisations throughout Australia.

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

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to :

  1. Apply knowledge of contemporary policy and evidence-based therapeutic models to effectively communicate and engage with diverse clients in the AOD sector
  2. Interpret, analyse and synthesise a range of information to comprehensively assess a client’s individual treatment needs
  3. Determine appropriate treatment options and develop an individual treatment plan based on a comprehensive assessment of a client’s needs.
  4. Apply practice-based knowledge and skills to work responsibly and ethically in the AOD sector with and for clients presenting with AOD issues



Details of Learning Activities

To develop and demonstrate practice-based knowledge and skills you will participate in practical learning activities in simulated industry settings based around case studies and scenarios. These activities are designed to facilitate your achievement of all the course learning outcomes and may include role plays, presentations, demonstrations of equipment use and the preparation of documentation. You will work individually and in small groups.

Teaching Schedule

 Alcohol and Other Drugs Co-existing Needs Skill Set





Assessment dates

Hand out and explain







·         Introduction to AOD services

·         Introduction to MH services

·         Introduction to DD

·         Introduction to client and client files.

Introduction to AOD screening and assessment tools:

·         Comprehensive Screening tool

·         Comprehensive AOD tool

·         Optional Module (MH)

Client file.

Determining attitudes to change; levels of risk; legal and ethical considerations, bio/psycho /social factors, family /carer status, pharmaco factors, types of drugs/ routes of administration /effects/ patterns/consequences, BBV/safety issues





ASSESSMENT 2 : CASE FILE due week 14


Hurdle Task


Provide appropriate interventions.

Stages of change

Brief interventions

Discuss and look at specific ways of gathering client information from screening/assessment to open question, Observation/verbal question/clinical assessments/ info gathered from others/ specific tools.

Information collected should be relevant/pertinent.




Covering various modalities including MI and CBT

Practising communication skills:

•             verbal/non

•             rapport

•             active listening

•             negotiation

•             conflict resolution.


For effective client engagement.




Case note writing workshop

Covering various types of case note writing including court reports.

Write a short case note pertaining to the client.




Discuss co existing needs in groups















 Hurdle Task

Demonstrative Practice MH

Screening tool



Group Work

Discuss in groups :

•             what needs clients may present to services for.

•             What methods might staff use to ID client needs

•             How would this look?










Students complete a screening tool (K10) on each other in preparation for completing a case file.


Homelessness, financial,

Legal Etc

Interviews, discussions, ITP Referrals etc

Rapport, D.O.C, Confidentiality, open ended questions etc


Information should be accurate/ updated regularly/securely stored/easily accessed

Information held should only be discussed with pertinent people

Legislation very specific




Practising communication skills:

•             verbal/non

•             rapport

•             active listening

•             negotiation

•             conflict resolution.






Introduction to ITP/ISP


Paired Work

 Write an ITP while role playing client


Based on the information in collaboration with your client, write a comprehensive ITP




MSE and other MH tools



Demonstrated through role play on each other.

•             ISP

•             MSE











Personal research

In this task you are required to choose and research a Mental Health Issue

500 words.


Your MH research to be presented to class.

 Approx duration 10 min.

Explain what the MH issue is / symptomatology.

Explain how MH issues effect clients

Based on the information researched, explain how we might screen/assess client requirements.

 Include what understanding clients may have of these issues.


Presentation Week



Complete Risk Assessment as part of case file










Group Work


Each group discusses and completes a Suicidality Risk Assessment








During second part of class:

Role play of client who has a history of NSSI or







Each group will complete a Suicidality Risk Assessment Consideration taken into account includes: risk associated with suicidality, NSSI, MH issues, safety planning, management strategies, legal/ethical obligations, suicide contracts appropriate referral processes



Complete a risk assessment role play explaining the actions a clinician would take to calm down an emotional, intoxicated client.



Week 10


Case referrals

Various referral processes covering clients with specific complex care needs eg:





Week 11



Case management meeting

Each member to assume a role in clients file. Case management meeting to include a review component of working with client to this stage




DVD client with Dual diagnosis

Watch and discuss clients with DD issues in the AOD system.



Hurdle task


Exit plans

Discuss and record all revisions to client case. Negotiate service processes around exit plan.





Compile a Case file for client

Case File should contain:

·         Screening Tool

·         Assessment tool

·         Risk assessment

·         MSE

·         ITP/ISP

·         Progress report/Review

·         Case notes

·         Exit Plan


Final case file due






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will be guided to a range of resources, directly relevant to the content. You will be encouraged to read more broadly through access to online learning tools and content for your course via myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include journal articles, media articles, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own sources with your peers.


Please refer to the subject guide available via this link:

Overview of Assessment



 To satisfactorily achieve all requirements of this course by demonstrating satisfactory achievement of all the learning outcomes you must complete all of the following assessment tasks successfully.



Submission Date & Time:

Feedback time & Process:

Description of Task 1: Application of therapeutic models of interventions in engaging clients through a structured role play using a screening and assessment tool

2000 words, 20% weighting, CLO1, CLO2

 Assessment criteria


Submission Date & Time:

Feedback time & Process:

Task 2: Reflecting on practice-based knowledge and skills to work with people with AOD issues through a case study approach, including development of an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP).

2000 words, 50% weighting, CLO2, CLO3



Submission Date & Time:

Feedback time & Process:

 Task 3: Relating research of services and clinical review treatment options to the development of an Individual Treatment Plan, and appropriate referral options applied in a simulated clinical review.

2000 words, 30% weighting, CLO3, CLO4


Assessment Tasks

Task 1: You are to role play an interaction with a fictional client demonstrating effective client engagement to determine the most appropriate treatment options. You are to work in pairs - one playing the role of the client, the other the AOD worker. You will then be required to change roles.

You must demonstrate effective client engagement using a motivational interviewing approach and demonstrate an understanding of the possible treatment options.

This task will require you to research current treatment models and services in the state of Victoria including those counselling interventions currently used in the AOD sector today.

The role play will be 20 minutes in duration.

Task 2: You are required to complete the AOD Individual Treatment Plan documentation for the fictional client and update the Comprehensive Assessment Tool as per the case study.  

You are required to use the documents under "Learning resources" in Blackboard. Hard copies are available on request. You will need to identify and plan interventions around four (4) presenting issues that you identify as the most critical in terms of client risk.

You will also need to complete additional information that becomes available through the case study, using the comprehensive assessment tool available through Blackboard, and complete case notes as per Industry standard. 

Task 3:  You are required to plan and implement a simulated clinical review meeting for the fictitious client. This is a group exercise requiring you to demonstrate competency in facilitating a client review meeting. You will be required to discuss the clients participation in treatment, ongoing care and possible referrals. Outcomes will need to be documented in the "Client review" template. Case notes will also need to be updated in client file.

All required documentation will be available through Blackboard. You have 30 minutes to complete this task.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrixes are available through the Program Coordinator.

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