If you've got a desire to work in the community services and health sector, you could consider embarking on a career assisting those with alcohol and other drug problems.
The Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC53215) will give you the skills and knowledge to explore roles such as case worker and support worker in this field.
You will be trained in all aspects of assisting clients deal with their issues including delivering prevention programs, building relationships with clients, supporting clients through the recovery process and providing services to those with complex needs.
This course combines theory with extensive practical experience with a 240 hour work placement component that will give you plenty of on the job training.
You can take advantage of the flexible learning options that this online course provides and tailor your studies to suit your needs.
Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards
No prerequisites for this course.
If you pay using VET FEE-HELP you need to provide a Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy test.
240 hours in total
Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.
Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.
TAFE NSW - OTEN - Open Training and Education Network (RTO 90004) is the largest online TAFE provider in Australia.
You can study OTEN’s accredited online TAFE courses at your own pace, and start anytime.
OTEN’s flexible courses are developed in consultation with relevant industry groups – to ensure you build the skills that are valued by employers.
Many OTEN courses are VET FEE-HELP approved so you can study now and pay later.
TAFE NSW - Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004) trading as Open Training & Education Network
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Become trained in:
This course includes a total of 240 hours of professional work placement at an approved agency in the field of alcohol and other drugs (or similar). You will need to arrange your own work placement.
The industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish and work within the current context, philosophy and values of the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and conduct assessments of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) clients to determine eligibility, service requirements and referral needs. This includes knowledge of factors affecting assessment for a range of different client groups including different genders, youth, older people, mandated and voluntary clients, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the diverse and multi-faceted needs of people and determine both internal and external services required to meet those needs.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish and manage professional one-to-one relationships with clients in the context of providing an ongoing health service or intervention.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.
Note: This unit must be completed in a face-to-face environment and students are required to arrange to undertake this unit with a local training organisation. Students are responsible for arranging and paying for completion of this unit. This unit can be completed at any time during the course, but must be completed along with all other units to receive the qualification of Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC53215). The cost of this unit is not included in the course price.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with a person with mental illness and/or AOD issues to establish a basis for participation of family and carers in their individual recovery process and to facilitate ongoing participation in line with the person’s needs and wishes.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support and protect children and young people who are at risk of harm. This work occurs within legislative and policy frameworks and carries a duty of care responsibility.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and manage immediate suicide risk and work with the individual to achieve safe outcomes. It includes the requirements for developing a clear safety plan for addressing any immediate danger to the person at risk or others, mobilising access to emergency medical help when needed and facilitating links with further support.
This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work collaboratively with clients to establish treatment goals, and to develop and evaluate individual treatment plans to meet those goals.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess capacity to support people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues and to work collaboratively to provide support and facilitate links to other services.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to practice and contribute to the continuous improvement of trauma informed care within a service.
This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to confirm, conduct and monitor intervention strategies to address alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with clients to develop strategies for preventing and managing relapse, should it occur, as well as ways to deal effectively with potentially harmful behaviour.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design, implement and monitor ongoing therapeutic interventions drawing on evidence informed models and techniques. It involves holistic consideration of all client needs, and collaboration with other services.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide support and assistance to people going through the process of withdrawing from alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, including combinations of these.
This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to advocate and ensure that government, community and organisational systems broadly support and uphold human rights.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to deliver a range of promotion and prevention strategies to the community.
This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to establish, implement and evaluate collaborative practice.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the information need, gather information and critically analyse the information for relevance to own work.
When you study online with OTEN, you can:
OTEN's online courses can also be referred to as distance education. Some hard-copy course materials and assessments may be accessed or submitted via post.
There are 3 ways you can pay for this course:
If you are eligible, you can pay for this course through the Australian Government’s VET FEE-HELP loan scheme, meaning you don’t need to pay upfront for the course. Through VET FEE-HELP, the Australian Government pays the amount of your course to the education provider on your behalf. You’ll start paying back this loan (including a 20% loan fee) through the tax system once your taxable income is more than the minimum repayment threshold (which is $54,869 for the 2016-2017 financial year).
On the 5th October 2016 the Australian Government announced plans to replace the VET FEE-HELP scheme with the VET Student Loans scheme, which are scheduled to apply from the 1st January 2017.
The Government has advised that students who access VET-FEE HELP prior to the 31st December 2016 may continue to access the VET FEE-HELP scheme until the 31st December 2017, provided the student notifies the Australian Government Department of Education and Training of this intention by the 31st March 2017.
To do this, the student needs to complete an online form that will be made available on the Department’s website. If the student does not inform the Department, access to VET-FEE HELP will cease on the 31st March 2017.
If your study continues into 2018, the proposed changes state you may not be able to access VET FEE-HELP after 31st December 2017. However, you may be able to access the new proposed VET Student Loans scheme, depending on the course and provider. For further information and updates, you should regularly check the Australian Government’s proposed changes to student loan schemes.
Find out more about the proposed changes.
Pay for your course over time by making weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments.
This flexible payment plan requires no deposit, and you pay no interest for the first 12 months.
After 12 months, you will be charged an interest rate of 19.95% per annum on the amount that remains to be repaid.
Most working Australian adults are eligible. See Am I Eligible? for details.
A SEEK Learning consultant can help you set up this payment plan. There is a $99 annual fee. Terms and conditions apply.
You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.
To understand more about payment options or find out if you’re eligible for a funding entitlement, contact a SEEK Learning Consultant.