Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course/s

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
CRICOS: 091154F | National ID: CHC43215

Diploma of Community Services
CRICOS: 089976G | National ID: CHC52015

Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Duration

TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years

Certificate IV: 12 months | Diploma: 12 months

Intake

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2018

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2019

Campus

CIT Bruce

Tuition Fees

2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 | Semester 2 - $6,850
2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 | Semester 2 - $7,050

*Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT’s fee pricing review. 2018 fees subject to change.

Overview

Working with community members who struggle with mental health issues and possible substance use is a specialised skill requiring proper training. CIT’s community service programs prepare students for working with these community members by providing knowledge of themselves and society. You will learn techniques for working with people one-on-one, in groups and a community work setting.

Both programs teach major theories of sociology and psychology, as well as providing knowledge of basic mental health conditions and practical skills for working with alcohol and drug-affected people with mental health issues. They feature a practical work placement that will be assessed by CIT, which can be completed in Canberra or the student’s country of origin.

If you are wishing to enter or are already working in the field, the Certificate IV program offers specialist skills, techniques and theories including learning to work in an alcohol and other drugs context, assessing the needs of clients and dealing with legal and ethical compliance.

Students advancing to the diploma-level program will develop further skills, techniques and approaches to community welfare. They will build on their skills by investigating the impacts of sociological factors on clients and taking a continuous approach to developing professional practice.

This program includes work placement (Cert IV qualifications requires 80 hours and Diploma qualifications 120 hours of placement). Before undertaking any industry placement, you must be eligible to apply for, and hold, a 'Working with Vulnerable People Check'. Information will be provided on enrolment.

Certificate IV: 80 hours industry placement, unpaid.
Diploma: 120 hours, unpaid.

Students are encouraged to and regularly find their industry placements; however there is an Industry Placement Coordinator who manages relationships with community organisations throughout the Australia Capital Territory and who helps students finding an adequate placement.

Entry Requirements

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent OR Adult Entry | Students must also meet one of the following English requirements: IELTS 5.5 (no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT – 60 | PTE Academic – 42 (minimum of 36 in each band) | TOEFL PBT – 550 | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162.

Extra Fees

Certificate IV:
First Aid Certificate: $120 - $250
Stationery: $10

Diploma:
Stationery: $10

Course Subjects

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
CRICOS: 091154F | National ID: CHC43215

National ID Subject Name
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of client with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Electives- Complete 5 of 5 subjects

National ID Subject Name
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
HLTWHS003 Maintain health and safety work
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs

Diploma of Community Services
CRICOS: 089976G | National ID: CHC52015

National ID Subject Name
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Electives - complete 8 of 12 subjects
National ID Subject Name
CHCAOD007 Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse preventions and management
CHCAOD008 Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drug issues
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

Job Opportunities

Certificate IV: Students who successfully complete this qualification seek employment in the sector in such occupations as:
- Case worker
- Community support worker
- Outreach Worker
- Detoxification Worker
- Drug and Alcohol Worker

Diploma: Manager/advanced skills community welfare worker in the health and community services field - including children's services, family support, women's and men's services, residential and non-residential

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Modes of study include:

  • simulated workplaces for students to practice their new skills
  • work experience or work placement
  • supervised study time with a teacher
  • on-line learning and student engagement through e-Learn

Students must complete class work, assignments, practical components and project work throughout the course. They may then be assessed using a combination of these tasks, continuous assessment and examinations. Assessment outcomes may be based on competency, marks and grades, or a combination of all three assessment methods.

Pathways to Further Study

On successful completion of the Diploma of Community Services students will be eligible for up to one year’s credit towards the Bachelor of Social Work with Australian Catholic University.

All CIT Diploma's and Advanced Diploma's give students entry into the University of Canberra (UC). Students are advised to speak directly with UC in relation to course choices and pathways.


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