Course Title: Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2014
Course Code: HWSS5972C
Course Title: Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide
School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies
Campus: City Campus
Program: C4328 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Course Contact : Mandy Morrison
Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 4065
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Nominal Hours: 110
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to assess and respond appropriately to people at risk of suicide. As part of the course you will undertake the mental health first aid and suicide intervention and prevention training program.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
CHCCS521B Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide
1. Identify and assess the person's current suicide risk
1.1 Recognise and respond to signs, (such as statements, reactions, thoughts, feelings or behaviours) indicating that a person may be considering suicide
2. Work actively with the person to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase safety
2.1 Build a collaborative empathic relationship with person at risk that acknowledges how thoughts of suicide and the pain behind them may affect their safety
3. Facilitate and strengthen the individual's links to further care
Having worked with the person to take any steps needed to address immediate safety:
4. Provide further intervention support to resource the individual beyond immediate crisis
When or if it is assessed that there is no imminent risk that needs to be immediately addressed:
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.
Details of Learning Activities
An important part of the learning in this course is to understand the complex and interconnected nature of addiction and drug use. Therefore learning activities have been designed to be holistic and take into account the many and varied aspects of alcohol and other drug use and the relationship it has with mental health. Therefore, learning in this course will complement and enhance your learning in other courses within the Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drug Use over the year.
There are two key features of your learning in this course:
1: The Standard Mental Health First Aid program which takes place in Semester One
2: The Suicide Intervention and prevention training which takes place in Semester Two
There are also activities which take place outside the nominated class time. In first semester you will go on a number of field trips:
- Aradale Psychiatric Hospital in Ararat. This field trip will provide you with an understanding of the socio-political history of Victoria’s mental health service system and insight into the days of the large institutions.
- Dax Gallery - an art gallery which houses one of the largest displays of art work created by people with mental illness (including addiction). This exhibition provides you with further understanding of our recent treatment of people experiencing a range of complex care issues.
- The Neighbourhood Justice Centre - a specialist magistrates court for people experiencing a range of complex social and health issues.
In addition to these field trips, you will also undertake:
- Two day Motivational Interviewing workshop
- Two day workshop exploring the impact of addiction and incarceration on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island population
- Two day Mental State Exam workshop
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
|1 - 4||Standard Mental health First Aid||Semester 1|
|5 - 6||Suicide prevention Training||Semester Two|
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software.
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 on library resources and services can be found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online: http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/
Overview of Assessment
You will be required to demonstrate your ability to perform a suicide assessment and intervention in-class via a role play.
Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.
Feedback throughout the course may be written for written assessments, verbal for verbal assessments or a combination of both
To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
- Activities which form part of the 14.5 hour Standard Mental Health First Aid program - these activities are conducted in-class and the assessment is formative
- You will be assessed at the conclusion of the suicide prevention program on your ability to conduct a suicide intervention. This intervention will be a role play and assessment is summative.
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded).
CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment
An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course is available from the course contact person (stated above).
The major learning experience involves a combination of in-class exercises complimented by practical placement. 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.
You will receive feedback verbally fro verbal presentations and written for written presentations by teachers on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency.
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