Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health Co-Morbidity

Qualification Statement of Attainment (NRT)
Course number 19281
Program area Community Services and Health  
Duration (nominal hours) 110

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Course overview

Course Description

This course is for people working as frontline community services and
health workers (either paid or voluntary) who want to upgrade their skills
and knowledge to respond to clients with an alcohol and other drug and/or
mental health issue.

Student Responsibilities in Work Placement

In many TAFE NSW courses, some of the learning and assessment occurs in the
workplace or a simulated workplace. A simulated workplace is very similar to a
real workplace and may have clients, but is usually within a TAFE NSW campus.
TAFE NSW has a responsibility to protect members of the public (and the students
themselves) from being harmed by students taking part in workplace or simulated
workplace learning. If there is evidence that your skills or behaviour could
present a risk to yourself or other people in the workplace, you may not be
allowed to participate in a work placement, at least for a period of time.
To help you understand your responsibilities in the workplace, you will be given
a code of practice which indicates expected standards of behaviour. Your teacher
will explain to you and your workplace supervisor the range of duties for which
you have the skills and knowledge. You must not carry out duties other than
those indicated by your teacher.
You need to take particular care if workplace clients are people who may be in
vulnerable circumstances - for example, people who are frail, children, young
people, people with a disability or people who are receiving a type of service
which may put them in vulnerable circumstances (for example, massage therapy or
nursing care).
A NSW Commission for Children and Young People Volunteer/Student Declaration
must be signed by students in courses where contact will be made with children
and young people. This form declares that the student is not prohibited from
working with children and young people. In some circumstances students may be
required to undertake a criminal records check or a Working with Children Check.
Your teacher will give you more information about this.
Students who have committed a breach of discipline or who are assessed as
presenting a significant risk to themselves or others during work placement may
be prevented from undertaking or continuing further work placement. This may
mean they will not complete the course.
Your teacher or an enrolling officer can provide you with more information about
this policy. If you are unsure about whether it may prevent you from completing
a course you could discuss the matter with a staff member of TAFE NSW
Counselling and Career Services.

Career Opportunities

Alcohol and Other Drugs and/or mental health worker in the community services

Entry Requirements

 Employment (paid or voluntary) in Community Services or Health


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Locations & fees

TAFE NSW fees apply to offerings of this course at the following locations. Concessions or exemptions may apply for eligible students.

Year Half Year Fee Annual Fee
2014 $267 $534

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Location Attendance Status Week Starting How to Enrol
OTEN Flexible Delivery Available 01-Apr-2014 Enrol Now


Course structure

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What you must do to complete the course

The course structure below shows what you must do to complete this course.
units/modules are arranged in groups and sometimes also in subgroups.
You must complete each group as specified as well as following the course
completion instructions.   If a course contains optional groups there will
statement at the top of the course indicating how many you must do.  At the
top of any group containing optional subgroups there will be a statement
saying how many you must do.
To receive this Statement of Attainment participants must successfully
complete one unit of competency from Group 1 and at least one unit of
competency from Group 2 (subgroup 1 or subgroup 2).
These units are listed in CHC08 Community Services Training  Package
version 4 and HLT07 Health Training Package version 5
Group 1 Compulsory Unit
You must choose only ONE compulsory unit.
Group 2 Elective Unit
You must choose at least one elective unit from Sugroup 1 or subgroup 2.
Subgroup 1: This subgroup consists of units from the Mental Health area. 
If you choose CHCAOD402B as the compulsory unit then you MUST choose
your elective unit from this subgroup.
Students who require support to meet their learning goals may co-enrol in
the Learner Support course (TAFE Course Number 9999). Talk to your teacher
think you may require learner support.
Talk to your teacher and/or workplace trainer, to ensure that your
combination of electives provides you with a suitable vocational outcome.
If you have completed other relevant training, you may be eligible to have
units of competency from previous training counted towards completion for
this course. Talk to your teacher or workplace trainer if you think you
may be eligible for recognition of units previously completed.
Only 1 module/unit must be completed
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector 50
CHCMH408C Provide interventions to meet the needs of consumers with mental health and AOD issues 90
At least 1 module/unit must be completed
You may choose electives from this group
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
CHCMH301C Work effectively in mental health 40
CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings 50
CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes 60
CHCMH403A Establish and maintain communication and relationships to support the recovery process 50
CHCMH404B Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process 50
You may choose electives from this group
Modules/Units Name Hrs National Module(s)
CHCAOD406E Work with clients who are intoxicated 60
CHCAOD407E Provide needle and syringe services 60
CHCAOD408B Assess needs of clients with alcohol and-or other drugs issues 100
CHCAOD411A Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues 75
CHCAOD510B Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and-or other drugs issues 80
CHCAOD511C Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and-or other drug issues 90
CHCAOD513A Provide relapse prevention strategies 70
CHCCH427B Work effectively with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness 60
CHCCH522B Undertake outreach work 60
CHCCS403C Provide brief intervention 50
CHCCS419C Provide support services to clients 50
CHCCS514B Recognise and respond to individuals at risk 50
CHCCS521B Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide 80
CHCNET404B Facilitate links with other services 40
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers 30
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 20

Requirements to receive the qualification

To achieve this Statement of Attainment, participants are required to complete
two units of competency comprising:
- 1 unit from Group 1
- 1 unit from Group 2, Subgroups 1 or 2.

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