This unit (CHCAOD001) describes the skills and knowledge required to establish and work within the current context, philosophy and values of the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector. This unit applies to workers who come into contact with clients affected by alcohol and other drugs.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:

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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: - used critical thinking skills to evaluate information about current values and philosophy of the AOD sector, and; - worked with at least 2 people who have alcohol and/or drugs issues in ways that are consistent with the current values and philosophy of the AOD sector.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - impact of current and changing social, political, economic and legal contexts of AOD; - historical, current and emerging models of alcohol and drugs practice and their evidence base; - legal and ethical considerations (international, national, state/territory, local) in AOD work, and how they are applied in organisations and individual practice; - specific contexts for AOD work and their characteristics; - social constructs of the AOD sector and the impact of own attitudes on working with people affected by AOD; - historic, current and emerging patterns of drug and alcohol use; - services, prevention and intervention strategies available to AOD clients; - risks and mitigation strategies when working with people affected by alcohol and/or other drugs, and; - drug fundamentals.

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