This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with clients to establish treatment goals, and to develop and evaluate individual treatment plans to meet those goals.  This unit applies to workers who develop treatment plans with, and for, clients with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues on the basis of an existing assessment and within established organisation guidelines. Depending on the context, development of the plan may be autonomous or collaborative. Workers may or may not be the person conducting the assessment.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - developed a treatment plan based on existing assessments and within organisation guidelines for 2 people requiring different types of interventions and service supports.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legal and ethical considerations (international, national, state/territory, local) in AOD work, and how these are applied in organisations and individual practice: - different approaches and models of service planning and case management; - principles of: person centred approach; effective communication and negotiation techniques; - organisation policies, procedures and guidelines for individual treatment plans; - types of issues beyond the scope of AOD services where referral or inter-agency collaboration may be required; - role of family members and others in the client support network in relation to successful treatment planning, implementation and review; - types of information and terminology found in client assessments and how to interpret these; - what constitutes effective treatment goals for AOD issues; - AOD service delivery models; - brief and longer term treatments and interventions available, when and how they are used; - processes for the matching of treatment goals to different interventions and strategies aimed at abstinence and controlled AOD use; - ways of using stages of change to identify appropriate treatment goals, strategies and referral options; - barriers and cultural factors that may impact on a person with AOD issues achieving treatment goals and ways to address this; - how and where to access specialist AOD information, and; - factors affecting support work with people from specific groups.

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