Course Title: Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: HWSS5525C

Course Title: Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4328 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact : Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4660

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chris Walters

Nominal Hours: 70

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 course describes the knowledge and skills required to provide a range of intervention strategies to address alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues within the scope of an individual’s treatment plan.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD411A Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues


2. Conduct intervention

Performance Criteria:

2.1Confirm the person's understanding of the intervention
2.2Obtain informed consent from the person before commencing the intervention
2.3Report any misunderstanding or confusion experienced by the person to a supervisor in a timely manner
2.5Guide the person to participate in the intervention as defined in the treatment plan
2.6Identify and note any difficulties the person experiences completing intervention requirements and report to supervisor in a timely manner
2.7Identify and manage compliance issues, including subjective and objective reporting of the person's response to the intervention, and report to supervisor in a timely manner
2.8Provide feedback to the person to reinforce their understanding of intervention and progress
2.9Seek assistance when the person presents with needs or signs outside limits of own authority, skills and/or knowledge
2.10Report difficulties of the person with AOD issues to supervisor for advice before continuing the planned intervention


1. Prepare for intervention

Performance Criteria:

1.1Obtain information about the intervention from the treatment plan
1.2Determine client availability according to organisation protocols
1.3Determine availability of appropriate space and resources, if required
1.4Plan the intervention, in line with the needs of the person with AOD issues and specifications of the treatment plan


3. Report and document information

Performance Criteria:

3.1Provide progress feedback to supervisor
3.2Report difficulties and concerns of the person to supervisor in a timely manner
3.3Implement variations to the intervention according to the instructions of supervisor
3.4Document information about the intervention according to the organisation's protocols
3.5Use appropriate terminology to document consumer response, outcomes and identified problems related to the intervention

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

All courses and learning activities will be supported and complimented by RMIT’s e-learning tool "Blackboard".

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. Therefore, learning in this course will complement and enhance your learning in other courses within the Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Teaching Schedule

 This course (CHCAOD411A Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues) will be delivered and assessed alongside CHCCM404A Undertake case management for clients with complex needs.


Session Content
1Establishing a therapeutic relationship and general counselling skills
2Introduction to and exploration of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
3Family Inclusive practice and group counselling
4Solution Focused Therapy
5Peer-led recovery and community programs
6Collaboration with other services and working with difficult clients


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 online 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, online 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 online:

Overview of Assessment

You will be required to prepare, conduct and report on a intervention with a case study client.

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 for written assessments, verbal for verbal assessments or a combination of both

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete the following piece of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Case Study Analysis

In class you will be introduced to a case study client, using the information provided combined with what you have observed whilst on placement and learnt in-class you will be required to:

  • Assess the client’s presenting support needs
  • Plan and prepare for an intervention
  • Undertake an intervention

You will be given detailed instructions and an analytical rubric outlining assessment criteria in week one (1) of class.

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

Assessment Task - In-class
You will be required to undertake a short-answer test which will demonstrate your understanding of current practice techniques when working with people who require intervention for their AOD use.

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course is available from the course contact person (stated above).

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.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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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