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Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work

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  • Objectives
    This course provides students with knowledge and skills required to work in a range of community settings where clients may be affected by drugs and alcohol issues.
  • Entry requirements
    Mature Age with relevant work experience preferred
  • Academic Title
    Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work
  • Course description
    This course provides students with knowledge and skills required to work in a range of community settings where clients may be affected by drugs and alcohol issues.

    Berwick, Frankston

    Study Mode
    Part-time (Frankston only)
    Full-time (Berwick and Frankston)

    One year full-time
    Two years part-time

    Commencement Date

    Entrance Requirements and Selection Criteria
    Applicants must be mature age and/or employed within the industry.

    Application Procedure
    Apply direct to Chisholm Institute. Applicants will be required to attend an Information Night and interview. Successful applicants will be required to obtain a police check.

    Study Areas
    CHCAOD2B Orientation to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Work – 45 hours
    This unit applies to all workers who may be working primarily with clients with AOD issues and provides a basic introduction to values, services and approaches applied to work in this sector.

    CHCAOD6B Work with Clients who are Intoxicated – 45 hours
    This unit relates to working with alcohol and/or other drug affected clients in a range of settings including night patrols, detoxification/withdrawal units, and sobering up shelters.

    CHCAOD8C Assist the Needs of Clients with Alcohol and/or Other Drug Problems – 135 hours
    This unit relates to assessing client needs in the context of the delivery of identifying options for delivery of community services to support their needs. This unit includes applying standard processes and procedures to providing a comprehensive assessment of clients AOD and other needs, developing case plans based on the assessment, and referring clients to other services as required.

    CHCCHILD1C Identify & Respond to Child and Young People – 45 hours
    This unit applies to all those workers (including the professions) involved in delivering services to children and young people including in community services, health, policing, juvenile justice, recreation, family services, education, alcohol and other drugs work, mental health.

    CHCCM2C Establish and Monitor a Case Plan – 45 hours
    Developing a case management plan to address specific client needs.

    CHCCOM3C Utilise Specialist Communication Skills – 50 hours
    This unit relates to the application of specialist workplace communication techniques to build and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and clients based on respect and trust.

    CHCCS301A Work Within a Legal and Ethical Framework – 50 hours
    This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by the workers to work within a legal and ethical framework that support duty of care requirements.

    CHCCS401A Facilitate Co-operative Behaviour – 40 hours
    This unit is concerned with the competencies required to respond to unacceptable behaviour and support responsibility for behaviour management and change.

    CHCCS402A Respond Holistically to Client Issues – 75 hours
    On completion of this unit, the worker will be able to respond appropriately to clients that have issues outside of (possibly in addition to) the area of immediate expertise and interests of the worker and their organisation. Completion of the unit will also provide the worker with competence to make decisions as to whether to refer or retain the client.

    Pre-requisites: This unit requires no pre-requisite. However, there are a number of related units of competence both of a generic and sector specific nature that would be ideally mastered prior to undertaking this unit of competence.

    CHCCS405A Work Effectively with Cultural Diversity – 30 hours
    This unit deals with the cultural awareness required for effective communication and co-operation with persons of diverse cultures.

    CHCMH8A Provide Interventions to Meet the Needs of Consumers with Mental Health and AOD
    Issues – 80 hours
    This unit applies to workers who provide immediate and ongoing support and intervention with consumers with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues drawing on a range of models and techniques supported by evidence.

    CHCNET4A Work with Other Services – 65 hours
    This unit describes the ability to liaise and facilitate linkages between all community services including specialist and generalist services in the community to ensure support of people in need.

    CHCOHS301A Participate in Workplace Safety Procedures – 30 hours
    On completion of this unit, the worker will be able to identify occupational health and safety hazards, and assess risk, as well as follow instructions and procedures in the workplace with minimal supervision. The worker will also be capable of participating and contributing to OHS management issues.

    CHCORG5B Maintain an Effective Work Environment – 50 hours
    Meeting individual responsibilities within a work group.

    Observation in class by teacher
    Workplace observation by assessor
    Interviews to assess underpinning knowledge and competence
    Evidence folios collated by students to prove competence
    Written tests in class
    Reports, essays and assignments
    Oral presentations
    Resource folders developed by students
    All the above will be linked to specific elements of competence to be assessed by a qualified workplace trainer and assessor (level 2)

    Chisholm institute prepares practitioners for work in a demanding and highly fluid sector. The expectations and demands on workers is high, as is the required level of skill, knowledge and expertise. Our courses are highly regarded in the sector and we pride ourselves on preparing people who are able to operate effectively and efficiently in the workplace. The range of assessment strategies employed by our teaching and training staff reflect this commitment.

    Career Opportunities
    Case Worker, Community Support Worker, Detoxification Worker, Family Support Worker, Health Education Worker, Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Outreach Worker, Drug and Alcohol Worker, Support Worker, Welfare Support Worker.

    Further Study
    Diploma of Youth Work, Diploma of Welfare Studies, Diploma of Community Development, Certificate IV in Mental Health Work (non-clinical)

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/RCC
    There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
    • Previous study
    • Knowledge
    • And/or skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course
    Contact the department for further details

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