Assess needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drugs issues

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CHCAOD408A, 'Assess needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drugs issues'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for assessment

1.1 Conduct discussions with the client to identify reasons for seeking help and other relevant information that may assist in establishing a basis for further work

1.2 Explain to client organisation parameters of confidentiality and policy/procedures

1.3 Inform the client of the purpose and process of the assessment

1.4 Confirm the client's understanding of the purpose and process of assessment

2. Conduct assessment

2.1 Take client's drug use history in accordance with organisation policies and procedures

2.2 Identify and clarify any previously identified co-morbidity / dual diagnosis in consultation with relevant health or community services professionals

2.3 Assess the current status of the client using standardised alcohol and other drugs screens and from discussion with client

2.4 Use established assessment procedures and protocols to identify issues related to client health in collaboration with relevant health professional as required

2.5 Assess patterns of use with established assessment procedures and protocols

2.6 Assess level of dependence with established assessment procedures and protocols

2.7 Identify indicators of other issues that may affect work with the client through observation and questioning

2.8 Provide a suitable and comfortable environment for the assessment

2.9 Comply with the guidelines when conducting the assessment

2.10 Conduct assessment in a fair manner

3. Identify and respond to need for referral

3.1 Identify client issues that are outside the scope of the service and/or the scope of the worker

3.2 Identify appropriate service and other support options

3.3 Inform the client of possible options

3.4 Inform he client of the reasons for seeking other service and support options

3.5 Confirm the client's understanding of options

3.6 Work with the client to determine referral options and responsibilities

3.7 Where appropriate, make referral with client consent and within organisation policy and procedures

4. Interpret and report on assessment results

4.1 Record assessment results according to defined guidelines

4.2 Interpret assessment results according to defined guidelines

4.3 Apply organisation criteria to determine entry or exclusion to services

4.4 Prepare assessment report based on guidelines and organisation policy and procedures

5. Provide assessment feedback and information

5.1 Provide feedback to the person according to organisation policy and procedure

5.2 Provide assessment information to others, including relevant health and/or community services professionals according to consent requirements and organisation policy and procedure

Qualifications and Skillsets

CHCAOD408A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CHC40408 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work
  • CHC41408 - Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out of home care)
  • CHC41608 - Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Family support)
  • CHC41808 - Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • CHC40708 - Certificate IV in Community Services Work
  • CHC51408 - Diploma of Youth Work
  • CHC41508 - Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Child protection)
  • CHC50608 - Diploma of Community Services Work
  • CHC42508 - Certificate IV in Community Services (Information, advice and referral)
  • CHC40908 - Certificate IV in Social Housing
  • CHC40508 - Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • HLT44007 - Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)
  • HLT61107 - Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)
  • HLT52207 - Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)

And the skillsets: