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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: HWSS6085C

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

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5346 - Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 70

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


There are no stipulated pre-requisites or co-requisites for this unit.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to confirm, conduct and monitor intervention strategies to address alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues.

This unit applies to workers who provide support to people with AOD issues within the scope of an established individual treatment plan. Interventions would be ongoing and be conducted under the guidance of a supervisor.

This unit is delivered and assessed in a cluster with:

CHCAOD004 - Assess needs o clients with AOD issues

CHCAOD001 - Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues


1. Prepare for intervention

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret intervention requirements from the individual treatment plans

1.2 Identify and organise support resources required for the intervention

1.3 Plan the intervention, in line with client needs and treatment plan


2. Confirm intervention requirements with client

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Describe features of the intervention and how it can be used effectively

2.2 Confirm client understanding of the intervention

2.3 Report any misunderstanding or confusion experienced by the client to a supervisor

2.4 Obtain consent before commencing the intervention


3. Conduct intervention

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Guide and support the client to participate in the intervention as defined in the treatment plan

3.2 Provide feedback to the client to reinforce their understanding of intervention and progress

3.3 Identify and manage any issues the client is having with the intervention

3.4 Work collaboratively with others and seek assistance when the client presents with needs or signs outside limits of own authority, skills and/or knowledge


4. Monitor and record activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Provide progress feedback to supervisor identifying successes, difficulties and concerns the client is experiencing with the intervention

4.2 Implement variations to the intervention under guidance from supervisor

4.3 Clearly document information about the intervention and its progress

4.4 Provide progress feedback to client

4.5 Identify the need for referral to other services and take action in consultation with supervisor

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

In class: Lectures, discussion, group activities

Teaching Schedule


ClassTeacherTopicContentElements of competencyResourcesAssessment due dates

Week 2:

Feb 17th

Iren Citler

Foundation skills in AOD practice

CHCAOD001: Work in AOD context





PPT, handouts, group discussion, peer review


Students will be guided through the three major assessment tasks
1: Five (5) stage case study
2: Research task
3: Health promotion task

Week 3

Feb 24th


Foundation skills in AOD practice

CHCAOD001: Work in AOD context



PPT, handouts. group discussion ,peer review

Hurdle Task: Group work
Research and present a current service model. present inn week 5 (March 8th)
Peer evaluation

Week 4

March 2nd


Foundation skills in AOD practice

CHCAOD001: Work in AOD context



Information on substances

Information on substances

Week 5

March 9th


Foundation skills in AOD practice

CHCAOD001: Work in AOD context



Present service models

Present service models

Week 6

March 16th


Foundation skills in AOD practice

CHCAOD001: Work in AOD context




Assess the needs

Screening tools



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


Assessment Task 1: Research and present a service model

Assessment Task 2: "Client engagement" role play

Assessment Task 3: Individual treatment plan 

Assessment Task 4: Case study; complete client file and relevant documentation

Assessment task 5: "Client review" role play

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1:

This task requires you to undertake a role play using ITP documentation. This role play will include preparing for intervention, intervention requirements, conduct intervention and monitor and record the activities.

Assessment task 2:
This task requires you to interact with a fictional client to demonstrate client engagement and appropriate treatment plans

Assessment 3:
This task requires you to role play a client clinical review meeting where there is discussion around documentation and treatment progress

Assessment Matrix

Students will be given an assessment marking guide for reference at the time that the assessment tasks are distributed.

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