This unit (CHCAOD008) describes the skills and knowledge required to design, implement and monitor ongoing therapeutic interventions drawing on evidence informed models and techniques. It involves holistic consideration of all client needs, and collaboration with other services. This unit applies to individuals who work with significant autonomy in the provision of interventions and support to clients with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues. While work is carried out in the context of an existing treatment plan, the worker may also design and adapt specific strategies. 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: - autonomously planned and provided intervention and support strategies to 2 different clients with AOD issues, and; - used at least 2 of the following approaches/models: cognitive behavioural therapy or mindful integrated cognitive behavioural therapy (MiCBT); rational emotive therapy; reality therapy; dialectical behaviour therapy; acceptance and commitment therapy; solution focussed therapy; narrative therapy; resilience based interventions; family counselling; group work and group counselling.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; - counselling and other therapeutic models and techniques appropriate to client AOD issues and scope of role; - ways that different models and techniques may be integrated and when this may be appropriate; - techniques for teaching clients self-management skills and self-report measures; - factors affecting support work with people from specific groups; - techniques for dealing with difficult communication situations, and; - measures for monitoring client outcomes.

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