Supporting Young People in Dual Diagnosis Settings

Unit code: ECY3000 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
Online Self-Paced


This unit introduces the knowledge and skills required by workers encountering young people with dual diagnosis - mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues. This unit will reflect on the historical context of the sector and consider the essential values and philosophies that guide effective work with young people who are experiencing AOD and mental health issues.. A range of different models of AOD work, and an understanding of mental health diagnoses and youth appropriate interventions will be theoretically and practically taught. This unit will also identify personal values and attitudes regarding Mental Health and AOD use including the views of key stakeholders and official representatives.
This unit will develop knowledge of the range of settings supporting young people with dual diagnosis including; ethical guidelines, methods of effective communication, cultural differences, resolution of conflict, issues of access and equity and workplace protocols and procedures.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Contextualise the evolution of Dual Diagnosis within the history and changing social, political and economical developments in the youth sector;
  2. Determine associated models of mental health and/or AOD work, guided by an understanding of the risks, philosophies, and the views of key stakeholders;
  3. Exemplify primary knowledge and skills related to Dual Diagnosis issues including ethical guidelines, methods of effective communication, cultural differences, resolution of conflict and addressing organisation standards and workplace protocols and procedures;
  4. Identify personal and community values and attitudes regarding Dual Diagnosis
  5. Understand and be able to work towards effective public health responses that support young people with Dual Diagnoses within a local and global community context.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 25%
This quiz aims to consolidate factual knowledge around mental health and alcohol and other drugs practices.
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 25%
Discuss a specific mental health diagnosis and demonstrate an understanding of how it may be impacted on by any co-occurring substance use or misuse.
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 50%
A report demonstrating understanding of how the principles of the Victorian Code of Ethical Practice should be applied to youth with a dual diagnosis.

Required reading

Students will be provided with a reading list via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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