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Certificate of Addiction Support – Drugs and Alcohol

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Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

If you are empathetic and passionate about helping others a challenging and rewarding career in addiction support may be for you. In this role, you will help people access essential services, such as counselling, healthcare and education, to support recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

The Certificate of Addiction Support – Drugs and Alcohol will prepare you for work in the alcohol and drugs sector, where you will learn how to work effectively with clients with complex dependence issues. You will explore the theories of addictive behaviours and the practical and social issues of substance and alcohol abuse.

This professional development program will also help you understand the major theories of addiction and the models of treatment available for addictive behaviours. You will also develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management and learn to provide services to people with coexisting mental health conditions.

On completion of this course, you will feel confident to apply a range of intervention strategies and undertake effective case management to support those suffering from addiction.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

  • Historical contexts
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
  • Cultural patterns of alcohol consumption
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Social, political and economic contexts
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Gender differences
  • Age differences
  • National drug strategies
  • Economic costs of misuse
  • Types of drugs
  • Drug and alcohol dependency
  • Models of treatment
  • Critical incidents
  • Crisis situations
  • Managing clients
  • Daily living assistance
  • Residential support
  • Day programs
  • Mandatory reporting
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Medical / public health models
  • Cognitive Behavioural Treatment
  • Bio-Psycho-Social Model
  • AOD practice values
  • Harm minimisation
  • Vulnerabilities and risk areas
  • Access and equity
  • Values in AOD practices
  • Health promotion
  • Communication skills
  • Sharing information
  • Effective work practices
  • Law and ethics

Unit 2 - Work with clients who are intoxicated

  • Intoxicated client services
  • Assessing intoxication
  • Statutory requirements
  • Health and safety
  • Signs and symptoms
  • First aid
  • Alcohol and the brain
  • Injuries
  • Safe environments
  • Document services provided
  • Privacy
  • Reduce harm and injury
  • Calm and confident approach
  • Risk management
  • Safety measures
  • Infection control guidelines
  • Seeking emergency assistance
  • Long term needs
  • Assisted daily living
  • Service needs
  • AOD client information
  • Family support networks
  • Signs of relapse

Unit 3 - Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

  • Assessing clients’ needs
  • Review client records
  • Confidentiality
  • Purpose of assessment
  • Assessment flow chart
  • Drug assessment
  • AUDIT assessment
  • Conducting assessment
  • History and pattern of drug use
  • Co-existing issues
  • Co-morbid disorders
  • Psychological illness
  • Self-harm
  • Client contract
  • Familial and social relationships
  • Assess current status
  • Substance abuse
  • Alcohol dependence
  • AOD assessment tools
  • Symptoms of specific drug use
  • Interview questions
  • AOD consequences
  • Detoxification units
  • Homeless youth services
  • Client referral needs
  • Identify client issues
  • Referral protocols and procedures

Unit 4 - Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management

  • Relapse prevention strategies
  • Personal factors
  • Individual treatment plan
  • Drug and alcohol terminology
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Signs of relapse/triggers
  • Stimulus-control techniques
  • Intoxication / alcohol
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Stimulants and amphetamine psychosis
  • Self-harm
  • Impaired decision-making
  • Client risk assessment
  • Enhancing self-efficacy
  • Support strategies
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Lifestyle strategies
  • Urge-management techniques
  • Relapse management plan
  • Harm minimisation
  • Contingency plan
  • Permission thoughts
  • Self-help groups
  • Stress management strategies
  • Coping with cravings
  • Client skills and strengths
  • Client interventions
  • Counselling and support
  • Law and ethics

Unit 5 - Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues

  • Preparing for intervention
  • Intervention requirements
  • Individual treatment plans (ITP)
  • Signs of abuse and addiction
  • Required resources
  • Client emotional well-being
  • Identify client’s strengths
  • Psychological interventions
  • Planning an intervention
  • Self-help groups
  • Twelve step programs
  • Drug and alcohol education
  • Therapy
  • Early intervention
  • Crisis intervention
  • Support networks
  • Confirm intervention with client
  • Intervention features
  • Guide and support client
  • Drug / alcohol withdrawal
  • Negotiation
  • Manage issues
  • Compliance
  • Referrals or emergency assistance
  • Self-harm
  • Client progress reports
  • AOD terminology
  • Implement interventions
  • Client referrals

Unit 6 - Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

  • Client needs and goals
  • Complex and multiple needs
  • Co-morbidity
  • Drug use and psychological illness
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS)
  • Autism
  • 3 assessment categories
  • AOD assessment tools
  • Genograms
  • Drug assessment
  • Risk assessment checklists
  • SMART goals
  • Goal setting
  • Models and techniques to meet outcomes
  • Three counselling models
  • Behaviour therapy
  • Intervention and support strategies
  • Goal recognition
  • Negotiation
  • Short-term programs
  • Long-term programs
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Cessation of drug use
  • Self-help groups
  • AOD age relevant treatments
  • Indigenous people and AOD
  • Developing rapport with clients
  • Involving family and carers
  • Legal and health issues
  • Addictions and overdoses
  • Nutrition
  • Self-harm
  • Mandated treatment
  • Counselling competencies
  • Advanced therapeutic techniques
  • Group facilitations
  • Documenting client interventions
  • Personal and agency liability
  • Case management plans
  • Client social and emotional needs
  • Sexuality issues
  • Socio economic issues
  • Isolation, rural and geographical issues
  • Grief and loss
  • EEO agencies
  • Limits and role boundaries
  • Client referrals and services
  • Monitor client progress
  • Client relapse
  • Problem-solving techniques
  • Supporting client needs
  • Family sensitive practices

Unit 7 - Provide services to people with coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues

  • Co-existing mental health
  • AOD issues
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Substance abuse
  • Alcohol and drug dependence
  • Normal and abnormal behaviour
  • Behaviours of mental illness
  • Drug use and psychological illness
  • Service provision and agency programs
  • Service delivery models
  • Dual diagnosis treatment models
  • Treatment phases
  • Motivational interventions
  • Medication
  • The shared care model
  • Four-step programs
  • Treatment for individual disorders
  • Best practice model
  • Client assessment
  • Impact of AOD and psychological issues
  • Physical conditions
  • Societal impact
  • Readiness for recovery
  • Research specialist services
  • Effective working relationships
  • Recovery plans
  • 5 stages of change
  • Facilitate further care
  • Addressing AOD addiction
  • Treatment services
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Support and referral processes
  • Informed consent
  • Suicidal ideation
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Conflict resolution
  • Reporting incidents
  • Emergency situations
  • Response strategies
  • Records management
  • Communication
  • Assessment and self-evaluation
  • Achievement of goals
  • Advice, supervision and debriefing
  • Burnout prevention
  • Client risk assessment
  • Law and Ethics

Assessment

Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.

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  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

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