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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 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

Phone: 99258268


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


1. Prepare for intervention

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Obtain information about the intervention from the treatment plan

1.2 Determine client availability according to organisation protocols

1.3 Determine availability of appropriate space and resources, if required

1.4 Plan the intervention, in line with the needs of the person with AOD issues and specifications of the treatment plan


2. Conduct intervention

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm the person's understanding of the intervention

2.2 Obtain informed consent from the person before commencing the intervention

2.3 Report any misunderstanding or confusion experienced by the person to a supervisor in a timely manner

2.5 Guide the person to participate in the intervention as defined in the treatment plan

2.6 Identify and note any difficulties the person experiences completing intervention requirements and report to supervisor in a timely manner

2.7 Identify 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

2.8 Provide feedback to the person to reinforce their understanding of intervention and progress

2.9 Seek assistance when the person presents with needs or signs outside limits of own authority, skills and/or knowledge

2.10 Report difficulties of the person with AOD issues to supervisor for advice before continuing the planned intervention


3. Report and document information

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Provide progress feedback to supervisor

3.2 Report difficulties and concerns of the person to supervisor in a timely manner

3.3 Implement variations to the intervention according to the instructions of supervisor

3.4 Document information about the intervention according to the organisation's protocols

3.5 Use 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 form part of the themed cluster "Intervention and Support".

Activities in workshops will include:

Small group activities


Guest lecturers presenting on Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health State Exam and dual diagnosis.

Teaching Schedule

 This course (CHCAOD411A Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues) will be delivered and assessed alongside the course CHCMH408C Provide interventions to meet the needs of consumers with mental health and AOD issues  

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

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

Assessment Task -Case Study Analysis

In class you will be introduced to a case study client and 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.

Assessment Matrix

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

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment


Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

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

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n 

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