Course Title: Assess co-existing needs

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4364 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Title: Assess co-existing needs

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 80

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies


Term2 2016,
Term2 2017,
Term2 2018,
Term1 2019

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this unit you will develop  the skills and knowledge required to screen and assess clients presenting with  AOD and Mental Health related issues. You will also gain an understanding of the approaches to working with Intoxicated clients.

This unit applies in a range of community service contexts.

 This course is part of the cluster "Engagement" and is delivered and assessed with:

  • CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with AOD issues

  • CHCAOD002 Work with clients who are Intoxicated

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs


1. Prepare for assessment

1.1 Identify and prepare assessment tools and processes according to organisation policy and procedures
1.2 Gather existing information about the person
1.3 Seek additional information from specialists and other sources as required to determine the range of issues that may be affecting the person
1.4 Organise practical aspects of assessment in consultation with the person being assessed
1.5 Provide information about the assessment process to the person and obtain consent

2. Analyse the person’s needs using a collaborative approach

2.1 Work within scope of own role and seek assistance from colleagues and experts as required
2.2 Empower the person to identify and prioritise their own needs
2.3 Evaluate needs based on full range of relevant information
2.4 Identify and analyse complex, multiple and interrelated issues
2.5 Evaluate issues of urgency and eligibility
2.6 Assess potential risk factors for service delivery

3. Determine appropriate services

3.1 Consider service delivery and referral options from strengths-based perspective
3.2 Evaluate internal capability and other service networks to determine best fit for the person
3.3 Provide the person with service information and support their decision making process
3.4 Encourage the person to advocate on their own behalf to access services

4. Complete reporting

4.1 Document the outcomes of the assessment process according to organisation procedures
4.2 Maintain and store the person’s information according to confidentiality requirements
4.3 Provide the person’s information to other services according to consent and confidentiality requirements

5. Evaluate assessment and referral processes

5.1 Seek feedback about assessment processes from the person and other networks
5.2 Monitor processes and their outcomes in terms of success in meeting the person’s needs
5.3 Routinely seek feedback and reflect on own performance
5.4 Use feedback and own evaluation as a basis for improving processes

Learning Outcomes

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

Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1: Quiz

Assessment 2: Written - Case study. There are 2 parts to this task

Assessment 3: Written - Completion of screening and assessment tools. There are 4 parts to this task.

Assessment 4: Written - Determining treatment and completing referral. There are 4 parts to this task.

Assessment 5: Written - Case study. There are 4 parts to this task

Assessment 6: Written - Case study. There are 4 parts to this task

Assessment 7: Written - Drug classification and responding to suicidal ideation. There are 2 parts to this task.