CHC40412 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Nationally Recognised Training

This qualification covers workers who provide a range of services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions. Work may take place in a range of contexts such as community based organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services.

This qualification:

  • Defines the knowledge and skills for support workers and care workers who work autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals in the community services and health sectors

  • Refers to specific knowledge of a client with alcohol and other drugs issues and to appropriate intervention processes applied in residential and community settings

  • Occupational titles may include:

    • Case worker
    • Community support worker
    • Detoxification worker
    • Drug and alcohol worker
    • Family support worker
    • Outreach worker
    • Support worker

    Assessment

    Student's competency against the unit of competency specifications is assessed during each unit undertaken throughout the course. Students are provided with opportunities for re-assessment if they fail to demonstrate competency during assessment tasks.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

    All students are provided with the opportunity to have their prior learning and experience assessed and recognised (Recognition of Prior Learning). Students who have successfully completed whole units of competency with another nationally recognised training provider that are identical to any of those contained within this course can apply for National Recognition.

    Qualification

    On successful completion of this course, students will receive:

  • CHC40412 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Flexible Delivery

    The course is provided through flexible delivery of accredited training with online support in the form of manuals, learning materials and assessments as well as support via telephone, emails and forums. It is suitable for people with intermediate computer literacy. The format is similar to 'distance learning' and requires good time management skills.

    You will require the following in order to be able to undertake this course:

    Software requirements:

    • Windows - 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7 OR
      Apple - OS X or later OR
      Linux - Ubuntu, Fedora, etc. Desktop Editions
    • Word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Open Office Writer
    • A web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox
    • Adobe Reader and Flash viewer (latest versions)

    Hardware requirements:

    • 1.6 GHz CPU, 1GB of memory and at least 1GB of free hard drive space
    • Video recording device such as mobile phone or video camera
    • A connection to the internet, 56Kbps or higher

    Questions about Flexible Delivery?
    Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Expected study hours per week: 6-8
    Course Duration: 15 months

    Entry Requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this course specified. However in order to work effectively in the sector candidates must be able to perform tasks requiring language, literacy and numeracy skills such as:

    • Reading case notes and reports
    • Writing case notes and reports
    • Conducting and writing assessments

    Working or Volunteering


    This course is designed to effectively prepare and enhance candidates’ ability to work in the AOD sector. Odyssey House Victoria therefore has a strong preference for students to be in employment or voluntary positions on a full or part time basis in order to enrol in this course. Some assessments will require you to have access to workplace documents and procedures to assist your research in completing your learning and assessment activities.

    Course Start Date

    Courses start on the 1st of each month.

    Course Fees

    Cost: $4,725.00
    Government Funded Price: $540.00*

    *This training is provided with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding, $540.00 represents the required student contribution. Enrolments are subject to available funding.

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    Course Structure

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      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by the worker to support clients to voice their opinions or needs and to ensure their rights are upheld.
      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by all workers who may be working primarily with clients with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues and provides a basic introduction to values, services and approaches applied to work in this sector.
      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work with alcohol and/or other drug affected clients in a range of settings including night patrols, detoxification/ withdrawal units and sobering up shelters.
      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work as a specialist alcohol and other drugs (AOD) worker who may be required to provide clean needle programs.
      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to assess client needs in the context 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' Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and other needs, developing case plans based on the assessment, and referring clients to other services as required.
      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to provide support and assistance to people going through the process of withdrawing from alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, including combinations of these.
      This unit 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.
      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to provide case management to clients who have already been assessed and whose needs have been identified as extending across a number of areas, such as aged care, community care, disability, mental health, drugs, alcohol or homelessness.
      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to apply specific workplace communication techniques to build and maintain relationships with clients and colleagues based on respect and trust.
      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work within a legal and ethical framework that supports duty of care requirements.
      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to identify, implement and monitor brief intervention strategies for use in a variety of community health contexts.
      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required in the context and across the range of settings where mental health work occurs.
      This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by workers who provide immediate and ongoing support and interventions for consumers with co-existing Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs issues drawing on a range of models and techniques supported by evidence.
      This unit is specifically designed to cater for safety aspects of work involving delivery of services in aged care, home and community care and disability services. The unit focuses on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.
      This unit deals with the cultural awareness required for effective communication and cooperation with persons of diverse cultures.
    - HLTAID003 / HLTAID006* - Provide first aid / Provide advanced first aid
    *First Aid to be obtained from external provider.

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