Course Title: Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: OHTH5922C

Course Title: Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers

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: 50

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

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

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with a person with mental illness and/or AOD issues to establish a basis for participation of family and carers in their individual recovery process and to facilitate ongoing participation in line with the person’s needs and wishes.

This unit applies to work with people with mental illness and/or AOD issues

This unit is delivered and assessed as a cluster with:

  • CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other issues 
  • CHCCCS004 - Assess co-existing needs

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers


1. Involve the person, carers and families in planning support during recovery

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify benefits and issues related to family and carer participation in recovery processes

1.2 Discuss with the person appropriate involvement of family and carers

1.3 Work with the person to identify and agree on specific roles and responsibilities and accurately record in the person’s recovery plan

1.4 Consult with identified family, carers and other relevant stakeholders in line with the person’s consent

1.5 Gauge level of relevant knowledge, skill and involvement of carers and family as a basis for identifying additional support requirements

1.6 Provide information, resources, referrals and education to meet the needs of carers and families within scope of own work role

1.7 Engage with the person, family and carers to plan provision of appropriate support in line with the person’s consent

1.8 Establish a relationship with the person, family and carers within boundaries of own work role

1.9 Clarify expectations of carers and family and provide relevant additional information to support and manage realistic expectations


2. Facilitate recovery with appropriate involvement of carers and family

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Involve carers and family in the person’s recovery process with consent of the person and in line with recovery plan

2.2 Maintain relationship with carers and family to identify changing carer needs and to identify support needs of carers within boundaries of own work role

2.3 Assist the person to identify ways in which their behaviour may be positively or negatively influenced by others

2.4 Assist the person to identify ways they may positively or negatively affecting family and carers


3. Monitor and review involvement of carers and family

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Monitor carer and family participation in collaboration with the person to ensure ongoing effectiveness and consent of the person

3.2 Monitor any potentially negative influences on the person and bring these to the carer and family’s attention

3.3 Take action to maintain well being and safety of self, the person and other stakeholders

3.4 Complete and maintain required documentation

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 and group work

Out of class: Readings, research activities and site visits

Teaching Schedule






Dual diagnosis approaches and model

Understanding of dual sector approaches to AOD and mental health

Working within the dual diagnosis model


Assessing and responding to clients

Assessing and responding to clients with co-morbidity

Understanding of mental health screening tools


Supporting recovery

Developing recovery plans for clients

Providing support and psycho-education to clients and significant others


Collaborating with mental health services

Working effectively with mental health services

Identifying high prevalence disorders

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning Resources 

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 DVDs, 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 is available from the site library resources and services.

If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online.

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provides support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. 

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Conduct Mental State Examinations for case study clients

Assessment Task 2: Prepare individual treatment plans for case study clients 

Assessment Task 3: Complete AOD/mental health documentation for clients and provide referrals

Assessment Task 4: Complete quiz relating to key co-morbidity concepts and practices

Assessment Matrix

Students may obtain an assessment matrix from the Program Coordinator.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT Students’ site for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


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.

Applying for an Extension

Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. Speak with your teacher or course coordinator regarding applying for an extension.

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. see Special consideration.

Academic Integrity, Plagiarism and Collusion

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.

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 refer to Academic integrity and Student responsibilities.

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Complaints Procedure

RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.

Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable. Visit Student complaints.

Police Checks

Students must obtain their own police check by the due date and pay the associated costs.

RMIT will not store Police Checks on student files.



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