CHC50208 - Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and other drugs)
Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and other drugs)
This qualification applies to workers providing services to clients in relation to alcohol and other drugs issues.
Includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services
Requires high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to alcohol and drug use and misuse.
Occupational titles may include:
Alcohol and drugs worker
Community support worker
Community rehabilitation and support worker
17 units are required for award of this qualification including:
2 elective units
A wide range of elective units is available, including:
Relevant electives listed below
Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages
Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages
CHCAD504A Provide advocacy and representation services
CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector
CHCAOD510A Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and/or other drugs issues
CHCAOD511B Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drug issues
The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice
All workers undertaking mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs work need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.
Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or more of the following electives is recommended:
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
The following grouping of relevant electives is provided to facilitate selection and does not necessarily reflect workplace requirements. Electives may be selected from one or more groups. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.
Electives for work with people with mental health issues
CHCCD420A Work to empower Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
CHCCS421A Undertake community sector work within own community
CHCCS506A Promote and respond to workplace diversity
CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health
CHCOHC402A Support and encourage clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care
CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues
To gain entry into this qualification a candidate must:
1. Be recently appointed or currently working in a community support alcohol and other drugs work role and have a relevant recognised higher education or vocational education qualification at Certificate IV or above
2. Be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against the following qualification (or equivalent):
Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
3. Have sufficient work experience in the relevant sector to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:
The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills
A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity in the range and choices of actions required
The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance.
Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries