CHC50212 - Diploma of Community Services
(Alcohol and Other Drugs)
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This qualification is designed to enable candidates to extend their skills, knowledge and understanding of workplace policy and procedures, and to provide advanced interventions in the areas of counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services.
Candidates will gain a greater understanding and expertise in assessments, interventions, clinical skills, supervision and counselling. Selected units on counselling are integrated into the course as well as more advanced work on statutory requirements and organisational management.
- Includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services.
- Requires high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies escpecially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to alcohol and drug use and misuse.
- Alcohol and drugs worker
- Community support worker
- Community rehabilitation and support worker
- CHC50212 - Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
- 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)
- 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
- Be recently appointed or currently working in an AOD or other community service role and have a relevant recognised higher education or vocational education qualification at Certificate IV or above; OR
- Be recently appointed or currently working in an AOD or other community service role and be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against the following qualification (or equivalent): CHC40412 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs; OR
- Be recently appointed or currently working in an AOD or other community service role and have sufficient work experience in the relevant sector to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:
- The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills;
- A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity in the range and choices of actions required;
- The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance.
Occupational titles may include:
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.
On successful completion of this course, students will receive:
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:
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Expected study hours per week: 6-8
Course Duration: 18 months
Course participants are required to have paid work or a volunteer position for a minimum of two days per week in an AOD or other community service (e.g. housing, youth, justice, mental health) in order to complete this qualification.
Course Start Date
Courses start on the 1st of each month.
Cost: $5,745.00 - $5,785.00
Government Funded Price: $652.50 - $725.00*
(Enrolment fee will vary depending on elective units chosen)
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This course requires completion of 17 units (15 compulsory units and 2 electives)
+ CHCAOD402B - Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector
|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.|
+ CHCAOD510B - Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and/or other drug issues
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to
provide a range of community services to meet the
needs of clients who may have alcohol and other drugs
(AOD) issues, which may be combined with other
It also covers the review of client progress and evaluation of all work undertaken with clients.
+ CHCAOD511C - Provide advanced interventions to clients with alcohol and/or other drug issues
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by
skilled employees in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD)
sector working with minimal supervision with a range of
clients experiencing a range of issues.
They will apply ongoing therapeutic intervention with clients with alcohol and other drug issues drawing on a range of models and techniques supported by evidence.
+ CHCAOD513A - Provide relapse prevention strategies
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to develop and deliver a range of relapse prevention strategies for people with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues.|
+ CHCCOM403A - Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
|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.|
+ CHCAD504B - Provide advocacy and representation services
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by the worker to represent the interests of service users, the community and/or the community services and health industries.|
+ CHCICS305B - Provide behaviour support in the context of individual plans
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to support and engage people to use positive and adaptive responses in their daily routines.|
+ CHCAOD512B - Develop and implement a behaviour response plan
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to develop a response plan to deal effectively with potentially harmful behaviour in the context of risk management.|
+ CHCCW503A - Work intensively with clients
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to deliver targeted specialised client services based on individual case management and intervention.|
+ CHCMH504E - Provide a range of services to people with mental health issues
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to collaboratively assess needs, provide a range of services to meet needs, review progress and evaluate the work undertaken with clients with mental health issues.|
+ CHCCS504B - Provide services to clients with complex needs
|This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by community workers to provide services to people with complex needs.|
+ CHCORG428A - Reflect and improve own professional practice
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to evaluate own work, continuing self-development and effective supervision within an ethical code of practice.|
+ CHCPOL501A - Access evidence and apply in practice
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to access and judiciously use the current best practice and evidence to guide decisions for improving client outcomes.|
+ CHCPROM503A - Provide community focused promotion and prevention strategies
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to develop and deliver a range of promotion and prevention strategies to the community.|
+ HLTWHS401A - Maintain workplace WHS Processes
|This unit specifies the workplace performance required by an employee with supervisory responsibilities, to maintain organisation WHS processes.|
Elective Units (Choose Two)
+ CHCAOD409E - Provide alcohol and/or drug withdrawal services
|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.|
+ CHCCS403C - Provide brief intervention
|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.|
+ CHCINF505D - Meet statutory and organisation information requirements
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation's information system.|
+ CHCMH401A - Work effectively in mental health settings
|This unit describes the knowledge and skills required in the context and across the range of settings where mental health work occurs.|
+ CHCAOD406E - Work with clients who are intoxicated
|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.|