This unit (CHCAOD007) describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with clients to develop strategies for preventing and managing relapse, should it occur, as well as ways to deal effectively with potentially harmful behaviour. This unit applies to workers who develop strategies with, and for, clients with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues within established organisation guidelines. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

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: - conducted a relapse planning session with at least 2 clients with alcohol and/or drug issues that incorporate supporting clients with: problem solving; goal setting; coping; self monitoring and management; recognising and managing cravings; cognitive restructuring; harm minimisation; used effective communication skills.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legal and ethical considerations (international, national, state/territory, local) in relapse prevention and management work, and how these are applied in organisations and individual practice; - roles and responsibilities of different people in the relapse prevention process, including scope of own role; - principles of: effective communication, including motivational interviewing, active listening and questioning; crisis management; harm minimisation; - effects of AOD and the behavioural responses associated with AOD issues; - models of relapse prevention; - factors that typically trigger relapse; - factors that influence substance use, including environmental, cultural, economic and individual that are risk factors for relapse; - risk assessment and management considerations including ways of minimising risk; - relapse/lapse management strategies; - pharmacotherapies and other therapies to assist in relapse prevention, and; - strategies to assist with harm minimisation to client and others.

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