Course Title: Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: HWSS6007C

Course Title: Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5315 - Diploma of Justice

Course Contact : Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:irene.pagliarella@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Karen Linstrom
P: 9925 4597
E: karen.linstrom@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 40

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

Successful completion of, or demonstrated equivalence to, the following units of competency:

VU20868 Apply foundation legal principles
VU20869 Work within the criminal justice system
VU20870 Apply writing and presentation skills within a justice environment
VU20871 Support the management of adult offenders within the Victorian correctional framework
PSPOHS401B Implement workplace safety procedures and programs
PSPETHC401A Uphold and support the values and principles of public service

And ONE of the following electives:

VU20867 Support policing processes within justice environment contexts
CHCCHILD401B Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required by all workers who may be working primarily with clients with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues, and provide a basic introduction to values, services and approaches applied to work in this sector.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

Element:

1.Work within the context of the AOD sector

Performance Criteria:

1.1Reflect consideration in all work in the sector of the historical context of the sector
1.2Reflect consideration in all work of the changing social, political and economic context
1.3Reflect consideration of the interrelationship of issues affecting clients in all work in the AOD sector

Element:

2.Develop knowledge of the AOD sector

Performance Criteria:

2.1Demonstrate consideration and basic understanding of the essential values and philosophy of the sector in work undertaken
2.2Demonstrate in all work basic knowledge of the current issues which impact on the sector and different models of work
2.3In collecting information about the AOD sector, collect and use the views of key stakeholders and representatives from relevant target groups
2.4Apply understanding of risks related to personal safety when working in AOD sector

Element:

3.Develop knowledge of work requirements across a range of settings

Performance Criteria:

3.1Demonstrate consideration and understanding of the range of settings supporting people with alcohol and other drug needs
3.2Demonstrate the client variables that might indicate the most appropriate service delivery setting

Element:

4.Demonstrate commitment to the central philosophies of the AOD sector

Performance Criteria:

4.1Demonstrate consideration and understanding of the essential values and philosophy of the sector in all work undertaken
4.2Demonstrate a commitment to access and equity principles in all work in the sector
4.3 Identify personal values and attitudes regarding AOD use and take these values and attitudes into account when planning and implementing all work activities

Element:

5.Communicate effectively in a community services setting

Performance Criteria:

5.1Develop, review and revise personal skills in communication as an ongoing priority to address organisation standards
5.2Exercise caution in communicating personal information by oral and written means to ensure confidentiality of client and staff matters
5.3Routinely apply workplace protocols and procedures in all workplace communication to support accuracy and understanding of information provided and received
5.4Recognise individual and cultural differences and make any adjustments needed to facilitate the achievement of identified outcomes
5.5Conduct interpersonal communication with clients and colleagues in a manner that enhances a client-centred approach consistent with organisation standards
5.6 Take appropriate measures to resolve conflict and interpersonal differences in the workplace

Element:

6.Work ethically

Performance Criteria:

6.1Follow ethical guidelines in decision-making in all work undertaken with an awareness of potential ethical complexity in own work role
6.2Reflect understanding and compliance with the principles of duty of care and legal responsibilities in all work undertaken
6.3Refer any breach or non adherence to standard procedures or adverse event to appropriate personnel
6.4Maintain confidentiality of any client matter in line with organisation policy and procedure
6.5Show respect for rights and responsibilities of others through considered application of work practices
6.6Reflect current working knowledge and understanding of employee and employer rights and responsibilities in all work undertaken
6.7Recognise, avoid and/or address any conflict of interest


Learning Outcomes


On completion of this course, you will be able to:

- Provide evidence of specified essential knowledge and skills in:

•Demonstrated awareness of risk and co-morbidity issues, including theoretical frameworks about motivation to change alcohol and/or other drug use
•Basic pharmacology knowledge relevant to:
•types of drugs
•dose levels
•effects of specific drugs
•misuse and abuse of benzodiazepines and other pharmaceutical drugs
•tolerance
•treatment approaches broadly
•Client needs and rights including duty of care
•Current issues facing clients and existing services to address their needs and rights
•Harm minimisation approach to work in the sector and a range of support activities
•Holistic and client-centred care
•In depth knowledge of alcohol and other drug issues and their impact on individuals and the community
•Mental health issues and co-existing drug issues
•Political and economic context as listed in the Range Statement including early intervention and health promotion
•Principles and practices of community support
•Principles and practices of ethics and values
•Principles of access and equity
•Principles of client and community empowerment/disempowerment
•Principles of health promotion (as per Ottawa Charter)
•Relevance of the work role and functions to maintaining sustainability of the workplace, including environmental, economic, workforce and social sustainability
•Statutory and legislative framework within which work takes place, including legal issues facing workers in the AOD sector
•Understanding of risks related to personal safety when working in AOD sector


Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in a variety of learning activities. They include the following:

In class activities:
• Role plays
• Interviews
• Observations
• Lectures
• Presentations
• Class discussions
• Oral and written questioning

Out of class activities:
• Readings
• Case studies
• Observations


Teaching Schedule

Week 1 

Introduction to the course, outline of the course guide and expected outcomes
Introduction to the AOD sector
Historical context of the sector
Consideration of social, political and economic contexts

Week 2

The interrelationship of issues affecting clients in the AOD sector
Essential values and philosophy of the AOD sector
Commitment to the central philosophies of the AOD sector

Week 3

Current issues that impact on the sector and different models of work
Views of key stakeholders and representatives from relevant target groups

Week 4

Developing an understanding and framework of the risks to personal safety when working in AOD sector.

Week 5

The range of settings supporting people with alcohol and other needs

Week 6

Variables that indicate the most appropriate service delivery setting

Week 7

Resolve conflict and interpersonal differences in the workplace

Week 8

Develop, review and revise personal skills in communication to address organisation standards and conduct interpersonal communication with AOD clients in a manner that enhances a client-centred approach

Week 9

Confidentiality of client and staff matters

Week 10

Recognise individual and cultural differences

Week 11

Ethical guidelines, compliance with duty of care and legal responsibilities in decision-making

Week 12

Refer any breach of non-adherence to standard procedures or adverse event to appropriate personnel

Week 13

Revision


*The teaching schedule outlined above is subject to change depending on your assimilation of knowledge and skills of the subject matter, and on changes to legislation as well as unforeseen circumstances.

Attendance in this VET Justice Course is to help you develop a self-directed, professional attitude and to maximize your educational vocational opportunities and practical skills. Regular class attendance provides fundamental educational value and offers the most effective means for you to gain knowledge and skills of the concepts of the justice environment. Lack of regular attendance and participation may compromise your performance in the course and achieving the final outcome.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including role plays, observations, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, reports, group/individual training workshops, and audio-visual presentations.


Assessment Tasks

All assessment tasks are based on the requirements of the performance criteria, range statements and the assessment guidelines of the course.

Formative Assessments:
A range of formative assessments based on case studies that identify models of drug and substance use, stage of change, drug use history
and case studies that identify drug and substance programs and make recommendations

Summative Assessments:

An assignment on major drugs (as covered in class) identifying the characteristics, effects, withdrawal symptoms, overdose signs, treatment strategies and harm reduction approaches, street name 50%
Exam on National Drug strategy and prevailing legislation 50%


Assessment Matrix

The assessments have been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table which is as follows:

CHD=Competent with High Distinction
CDI=Competent with Distinction
CC=Competent with Credit
CAG=Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did not Submit for Assessment

Grades which apply to course delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not-graded)

CA=Competency Achieved
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did Not Submit For Assessment

Other Information

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in either Arial or Times Roman. Do not submit double paged assessments.

Extensions
In accordance with RMIT policy, you may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
You must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

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 working day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.

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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment

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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/info-trek/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 – http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations - http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
Students may enter their work into Turnitin, in order to support the originality of their writing and references. The software Turnitin may be used in this course, and can be discussed with your educator, Program Manager and/or downloaded from http://www.turnitin.com

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