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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5757C

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

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4337 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chris Walters

Nominal Hours: 125

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

Not applicable.

Course Description

This unit 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 unit includes applying standard processes and procedures to providing a comprehensive assessment of clients’ alcohol and/or other drugs (AOD) and other needs, including referring clients to other services, as required.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

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


Conduct assessment

Performance Criteria:

1. Assess patterns of use with established assessment procedures and protocols

2. Assess level of dependence with established assessment procedures and protocols

3. Identify indicators of other issues that may affect work with the client through observation and questioning

4. Provide a suitable and comfortable environment for the assessment

5. Comply with the guidelines when conducting the assessment

6.  Conduct assessment in a fair manner


Identify and respond to need for referral

Performance Criteria:

1. Identify client issues that are outside the scope of the service and/or the scope of the worker

2. Identify appropriate service and other support options

3. Inform the client of possible options

4. Inform the client of the reasons for seeking other service and support options

5. Confirm the client's understanding of options

6. Work with the client to determine referral options and responsibilities

7. Where appropriate, make referral with client consent and within organisation policy and procedures


Interpret and report on assessment results

Performance Criteria:

1. Record assessment results according to defined guidelines

2. Interpret assessment results according to defined guidelines

3. Apply organisation criteria to determine entry or exclusion to services

4. Prepare assessment report based on guidelines and organisation policy and procedures


Prepare for assessment.

Performance Criteria:

1. Conduct discussions with the client to identify reasons for seeking help and other related information that may assist in establishing a basis for further work

2. Explain to client organisation parameters of confidentiality and policy/procedures

3. Inform the client of the purpose and process of the assessment

4. Confirm the client's understanding of the purpose and process of assessment


Provide assessment feedback and information

Performance Criteria:

1. Provide feedback to the person according to organisation policy and procedure

2. Provide assessment information to others, including relevant health and/or community services professionals according to consent requirements and organisation policy and procedure

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

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. The learning activities you will  undertake as part of this course are:
* class exercises to review discussions/lectures
* practical demonstrations
* analysis/critique of relevant reading material
* seminar presentations
* practical placement
* lectures
* on line activities
* group projects
* peer learning
* group discussion
* workshops
* on line research
* independent project based work
* teacher directed group activities/projects
* site visits (observations)
* other activities as decided by teaching staff

Teaching Schedule

As per your Semester 1 timetable

9.30-12.30 sessions from Feb 28th -April 11th

1.   Overview of Assessment practice within the context of AOD
2.   Introduction to assessment and screening tools
3.   Preparing clients for assessment
4.   Undertaking assessments with clients - principles of current practice
5.   Using assessment outcomes to inform best practice
6.   Working with clients to ensure collaborative support and treatment

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.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our on line 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, on line 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:

If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or on line:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is broken into three parts and is designed to assess your ability to complete:

1: Specialised Assessment Tool
2: Individual Treatment Plan
3: AOD specialised referral Form

Assessment Tasks

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, verbal 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.
* Task 1: Complete a specialist assessment tool for a case study client you will be given in class. Information enabling you to complete the specialist assessment tool will be provided to you and workshopped during class.
* Task 2: Research an AOD service in your area - investigate and report on their intake and referral process

Assessment Matrix

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

Other Information

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 for 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.

Student feedback at RMIT :;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about
Special Consideration and how to apply, see: 

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
* Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
* No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
* You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
* You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
* You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site: 

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:  The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing 

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
* Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
* Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
* Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
* Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
* Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
* Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
* Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
* Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations;ID=11jgnnjgg70y 

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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