Course Title: Develop and implement a behaviour response plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5975C

Course Title: Develop and implement a behaviour response plan

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5318 - Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health)

Course Contact : Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254660

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Iren Citler
9925 4914

Nominal Hours: 60

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

CHCICS305A - Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans

Course Description

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to develop a response plan to deal effectively with potentially harmful behaviour in the context of risk management.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD512B Develop and implement a behaviour response plan


1.Identify risks of harm in the alcohol and other drugs sector

Performance Criteria:

1.1Identify possible client circumstances that have the potential to be harmful to others
1.2Use research findings to identify and confirm the nature and range of each potential risk
1.3Determine environmental factors that could contribute to client responses
1.4Complete a risk assessment matrix to determine the level of risk
1.5Confirm findings with an appropriate person


2.Prepare a response plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1Use research findings to identify appropriate response hierarchies for specific risks
2.2Appropriately identify proactive support strategies wherever possible
2.3Determine legal and ethical aspects of possible responses
2.4Determine duty of care consideration and responsibilities
2.5Prepare and document response plans for specific risks within the context of appropriate response hierarchies, legal and ethical considerations and duty of care responsibilities
2.6Confirm response plans with an appropriate person


3.Guide and support workers to implement strategies

Performance Criteria:

3.1Provide workers with guidance and support to understand the purpose of the response plan
3.2Guide and support workers to implement the response plan plans according to duty of care, ethical and legal requirements
3.3Evaluate worker ability to implement response plan according to legal, ethical and duty of care requirements
3.4Monitor worker ability to implement the response plan according to legal, ethical and duty of care requirements
3.5Conduct ongoing monitoring of worker ability to implement the response plan according to legal, ethical and duty of care requirements


4.Monitor effectiveness of response plan

Performance Criteria:

4.1Monitor strategies to determine effectiveness in developing and maintaining positive and adaptive responses and a safe environment
4.2Monitor strategies to minimise risk of harm to the person and others
4.3Monitor strategies to determine level of intrusion on person's dignity and self-esteem


5.Complete documentation

Performance Criteria:

5.1Comply with organisation's and legal reporting requirements
5.2Complete documentation according to organisation policy and protocols
5.3Maintain documentation in a manner consistent with reporting requirements
5.4File documentation in line with organisation policy and protocols

Learning Outcomes

By completing this course you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to develop and implement a behaviour response plan for clients presenting with multiple and complex needs.

Details of Learning Activities

The course is made up of a mixture of: workshops facilitated by leading industry experts, small group assignments and work-based reflections and assessments which encourage experiential learning. This range of learning and assessment methods is a deliberate attempt to harness and utilise your diverse skill base and current capacity to work in the sector. Guest facilitators and speakers will be brought in from a wide range of disciplines and service areas to enhance your learning. Areas to be covered will include: clinical and non-clinical assessment and management, culturally sensitive practice, counselling and support, forensic services and pharmacotherapy. There will also be opportunities for you to share your knowledge and expertise via small group work and larger group presentations. Trainers and facilitators will be required to draw on the wide-ranging skills and expertise of the leaner group – thus ensuring material is relevant and meaningful.

Teaching Schedule

You will be given a complete workshop schedule at your first class however because of the intricate and interconnected nature of this course to the entire Diploma program each and every workshop will examine ways to ensure advanced and high level support for clients with multiple and complex needs.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning resources such as course reading and course references will be provided to all students via their program folders and also placed within the blackboard site as required.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on your skills to develop implement a behaviour response plan with a client using an integrated and multi-staged case study. You will be required to undertake a variety of tasks throughout each stage specifically designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your competency working with clients presenting with multiple and complex needs.

Assessment Tasks

There are three major assessment tasks which meet the critical aspects of the nineteen (19) units of competency which make up the Diploma of Community Services. All assessments within this course are designed to complement learner’s work within the community services sector.

Case Study:
In workshop one you will be introduced to your own case study which is reflective of the current client and family groups you work with. The journey you take with this client will become part of a major assessment task as groups develop assessment tools and case plans to meet the ever-changing needs of their client.
To be marked as competent in this assessment task you must:
Demonstrate high-level judgement and autonomy required to effectively work with people with complex and/or multiple issues
Select and apply assessment tools appropriately
Identify and manage risk (including self-harm and suicide)
Provide opportunities for meaningful consumer and carer engagement
Make whole life assessments
Work within a recovery focused framework
Apply relevant monitoring and review techniques

Research Project:
You will undertake a research activity to provide evidence to support your choice of underpinning principle of practice. You will be required to explore how it is applied when working with clients who experience both AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) and Mental Health issues. You will be required to identify opportunities for the implementation or change within the current professional practice and apply these principles to your work with your case study.

To be marked as competent in this assessment task you must demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of:
How to undertake research
Principles guiding ethical gathering of information
Evidenced based best practice
And their ability to:
Identify practices requiring change
Communicate with stakeholders
Gather and analyse evidence
Identify possible practice changes based on evidence

Dual Diagnosis Checklist:

Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Cover sheet for Submissions
You must include a completed submission coversheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.
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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 verbal and written feedback on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important, enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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Special consideration policy (late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
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