Course Title: Provide brief interventions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: HWSS6094C

Course Title: Provide brief interventions

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4364 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Iren Citler

Nominal Hours: 75

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess intervention needs, and then to implement and monitor brief intervention strategies for people at various stages of the change process.

This unit applies to workers in a range of community services contexts.

This course addresses three units of competency:

- CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
- CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with AOD issues
- CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions 

These units are delivered and assessed together

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions


1. Assess the person’s needs


Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss and determine issues of concern and the person’s stage in the decision to change

1.2 Identify resources required to support the brief intervention

1.3 Identify and plan appropriate brief intervention strategies to match the person’s needs


2. Use brief intervention strategies


Performance Criteria:

2.1 Raise awareness of the health issue with a person who is not contemplating change

2.2 Conduct brief motivational interview with a person who is contemplating change and match approach to stage of change

2.3 Support the person who expresses motivation to change in exploring choices, setting goals and identifying relapse prevention strategies

2.4 Take opportunities to support and encourage a person who has made a change

2.5 Identify current needs and sources of assistance, and give support as appropriate for a person who has lapsed or relapsed into prior behaviour


3. Monitor brief intervention activities


Performance Criteria:

3.1 Keep notes in the person’s file in accordance with organisation policies and procedures, recording the person’s stage of decision-making on each occasion

3.2 Maintain confidentiality and security of information

3.3 Regularly review the person’s progress or outcomes, adjust approaches or make referrals according to their needs

3.4 Discuss outcomes with the person in an appropriate manner

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

In class: Class lectures and exercises, group discussion and practical demonstrations

Out of class: Readings, research activities and site visits

Teaching Schedule

Initial Engagement Cluster




Week 1

Explores the AOD sector

Introduction to AOD

History of AOD in Australia                

Intro to services service provision: current modes of practice    

Treatment services: Allied health-service types

Explores the AOD models of dependence, community development and relevant legislation

Into to why people use substances/use and effect

Underpinning philosophy and values Context within which we understand AOD issues in society

Week 2


Ethical considerations of working in industry Statutory responsibilities

Ethical conundrums group work

Basic intro to why people use, support services/ withdrawal options

Week 3 



Drug types: illicit/licit

Basic intro to substances

Introduction Screening and assessment modules


Screening tool completed in couples: Role play

Audit & Assist

Week 4

Assessment Processes

Screening and assessment work begins with ‘James’

Role play assessment

Drug and the adolescent brain

Youth AOD assessment

Tobacco and alcohol licit drugs in society

Week 5

Case management

Intro to case management practices

Processes and protocols

Risk assessment

Case note writing

Cigarettes, shisha, vape

Week 6

Brief intervention

Communication Skills

Rapport building

Active listening


Role play intervention practices

Brief intervention

Harm Reduction

Week 7

Intervention practices

Ways of incorporating assessment modalities into intervention practice 4 Ps

Stages of change and treatment planning

Motivational interviewing


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

  • Applied project
  • Practical demonstrations of skills and knowledge based on case studies
  • Quiz and/or knowledge questions

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Analyse and evaluate AOD information

Assessment Task 2: Conduct case study client intervention and assessment

Assessment Task 3: Conduct case study client intervention and assessment

Assessment Task 4: Complete a quiz relating to key concepts and practices

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrix's are available through the Program Coordinator.

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• failure to follow processes required for safety
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• or other unprofessional behaviour

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