This unit (CHCAOD005) describes the skills and knowledge 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 applies to those working with clients going through alcohol and other drugs (AOD) withdrawal in residential or non-residential settings following established withdrawal guidelines.

Unit details

Study level:
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: - provided withdrawal services according to organisation protocols to 2 clients presenting with different needs.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; - organisation protocols for the assessment, monitoring and evaluation of: home-based withdrawal; residential withdrawal and any restrictions on clients, and outpatient withdrawal; - stages of AOD withdrawal and specific signs and symptoms; - responses to the stages of withdrawal; - concurrent medical illnesses which may mimic/mask withdrawal; - support agencies in the AOD sector and the services they provide, including post withdrawal services, and; - current information on alcohol and other drugs issues relevant to withdrawal, including relapse prevention and planning.

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