Course Title: Develop and implement a behaviour response plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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 3925

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:

1.1 Identify possible client circumstances that have the potential to be harmful to others

1.2 Use research findings to identify and confirm the nature and range of each potential risk

1.3 Determine environmental factors that could contribute to client responses

1.4 Complete a risk assessment matrix to determine the level of risk

1.5 Confirm findings with an appropriate person


2.Prepare a response plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use research findings to identify appropriate response hierarchies for specific risks

2.2 Appropriately identify proactive support strategies wherever possible

2.3 Determine legal and ethical aspects of possible responses

2.4 Determine duty of care consideration and responsibilities

2.5 Prepare and document response plans for specific risks within the context of appropriate response hierarchies, legal and ethical considerations and duty of care responsibilities

2.6 Confirm response plans with an appropriate person


3.Guide and support workers to implement strategies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Provide workers with guidance and support to understand the purpose of the response plan

3.2 Guide and support workers to implement the response plan plans according to duty of care, ethical and legal requirements

3.3 Evaluate worker ability to implement response plan according to legal, ethical and duty of care requirements

3.4 Monitor worker ability to implement the response plan according to legal, ethical and duty of care requirements

3.5 Conduct 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:

4.1 Monitor strategies to determine effectiveness in developing and maintaining positive and adaptive responses and a safe environment

4.2 Monitor strategies to minimise risk of harm to the person and others

4.3 Monitor strategies to determine level of intrusion on person's dignity and self-esteem


5.Complete documentation

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Comply with organisation's and legal reporting requirements

5.2 Complete documentation according to organisation policy and protocols

5.3 Maintain documentation in a manner consistent with reporting requirements

5.4 File 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 course you must complete up  to stage four of the case study and engage in an observed simulated Intervention using advanced motivational Interviewing techniques.  

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

You will be required to demonstrate these abilities through a Client File for the Case study and an ITP.

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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