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

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4328

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

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 125.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban & Social Studies


Term1 2014,
Term1 2015

Course Contact: Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4660

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required to assess client needs in the context of identifying options for delivery of community services to support their needs
This course includes applying standard processes and procedures to providing a comprehensive assessment of clients’ alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and other needs, developing case plans based on the assessment, and referring clients to other services as required.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not applicable

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD408B Assess needs of clients with alcohol and-or other drugs issues


1. Prepare for assessment

2. Conduct assessment

3. Identify and respond to need for referral

4. Interpret and report on assessment results

5. Provide assessment feedback and information

Learning Outcomes

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

Overview of Assessment

There are a variety of tools used to assess this course including one hundred and sixty (160) hours of practical placement providing you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate the skills knowledge and attitude required.

Other assessment tasks may involve:
The completion of a specialist assessment tool used in the AOD sector in Victoria.