Course Title: Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: OHTH5775C

Course Title: Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process

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 9925 4660

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Iren Citler
9925 4914

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


Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required by those working with people with mental health issues to conduct necessary assessments and support participation in the assessment process.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCMH404B Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process


1.Prepare for intake assessment

Performance Criteria:

1.1Work collaboratively with the person being assessed to determine possible impact that an assessment might have on them
1.2Organise an appropriate time and a safe, suitable and comfortable environment for the assessment
1.3Inform person of the purpose and process of the assessment and confirm their understanding
1.4Obtain consent from the person where required by organisation policy and procedure
1.5Confirm the appropriateness of the nature of assessment to the assessment purpose


2.Conduct intake assessment

Performance Criteria:

2.1Determine person's needs and choices based on appropriate assessment tools and/or processes according to organisation policy and procedures
2.2Identify requirements for assessment of person's mental state outside job scope and refer to an appropriate mental health professional in a timely manner
2.3Comply with the organisation's guidelines when conducting the assessment
2.4Work collaboratively with the client to ensure the assessment is fair, ethical and objective, whilst reflecting the client's perspective and preferences
2.5Observe the person's level of comfort with the assessment process and suspend assessment, if necessary
2.6If any risk of harm is identified, take steps to ensure safety of client and self and refer to an appropriate authority in a timely manner
2.7Record assessment results and prepare and file assessment report according to defined guidelines and organisation policy and procedures


3.Facilitate collaborative planning process

Performance Criteria:

3.1Use assessment results as a basis for identifying available service and/or referral options
3.2Explain the purpose of the planning process and discuss the importance of planning collaboratively
3.3Discuss different planning options with the person to select the most appropriate planning option
3.4Work with the person to determine their readiness for the development of activities to support a recovery plan
3.5Work with the person to determine stakeholders to be included in the planning process and the logistical requirements of planning
3.6Identify and organise necessary background material and provide to relevant stakeholders


4.Develop a recovery plan

Performance Criteria:

4.1Conduct planning session in a manner that respects the person as their own expert, fosters their strengths and promotes their participation, giving them control of their lives
4.2Work collaboratively with the person to determine their goals for recovery and elements of risk that may be associated with achieving them
4.3Work collaboratively with the person to identify strategies to achieve identified goals and remove or reduce identified risk
4.4Clearly record the planning activities and document plan as a basis for evaluation of its effectiveness
4.5Provide feedback on outcomes of the planning process to relevant stakeholders


5.Facilitate ongoing relevance of service activities to the recovery plan

Performance Criteria:

5.1Provide information and training to assist the person to monitor their plan
5.2Respond to reports of variation in the person's circumstances that could affect the support requirements
5.3Work collaboratively with the person and relevant others to make any required adjustments to the plan


6.Complete documentation

Performance Criteria:

6.1Comply with the organisation's reporting requirements in relation to assessment and planning processes
6.2Complete documentation according to organisation policy and protocols
6.3Maintain documentation in a manner consistent with reporting requirements
6.4File documentation according to organisation policy and protocols

Learning Outcomes

By completing this course you will have acquired the competencies required to undertake assessment and planning with a complex care client.

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 provided with a comprehensive workshop schedule at the beginning of the Diploma program. However, in overview, the face-to-face workshops are held one evening per week - for three hours duration. each workshop will touch upon the importance of accessing current research to inform our practice. In addition there will be workshops looking at current evidence and research into complex care. In particular the information and evidence we need to gather via sound assessment and screening. Therefore, this course will taught within a context of complex care and reflective of the sector’s requirements.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

Overview of Assessment

This course will be assessed via a number of class based and work-integrated tasks. To be deemed competent in this course you will be required to demonstrate your skills knowledge and attitude through a major, staged case study. Each stage will require you to complete a number of tasks relating specifically to assessment and planning. You will be reviewed at each stage by your peers and Teachers and assessors. In conjunction with this you will be required to undertake a number of in-class role plays in order to demonstrate your skills in case management, assessment and planning

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. In workshop two you will be placed into small learning groups and commence to case manage the client via your Case Study. 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

An assessment matrix will be made available via blackboard and through the Coordinator.


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
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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