Module 5: young people, society and AOD: learner's workbook

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Page last updated: 2004

The Young people, alcohol and other drugs program aims to provide the core skills and knowledge that frontline workers need to respond to the needs of young people with alcohol and drug issues, particularly illicit drugs.

This training resource, which comprises 12 modules, has been developed to provide a qualification and/or specific units of competence. The resource can also be used as a test or reference document to support the development of a specific knowledge or skill.

Each module (except Module 1) comprises a Learner Workbook and a Facilitator Guide. Each Learner Workbook is a self-contained resource that can be used for both distance and work-based learning or to support face-to-face learning (including workshops).

Relationship to the Community Services Training Package (CHC02)
Developing your learning pathway

Relationship to the Community Services Training Package (CHC02)

The training modules were initially developed to support four units of competence from the Community Services Training Package (CHC99). These were:
  • CHCYTH1A - Work effectively with young people
  • CHCAOD2A - Orientation to the alcohol and other drugs sector
  • CHCAOD5A - Provide support services to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCAOD6A - Work with clients who are intoxicated.
Following the release of the revised Community Services Training Package (CHC02) in April 2003, the modules were revised to support the following units of competence from the revised Training Package:
  • CHCYTH1C (Work effectively with young people) modules:
    • Perspectives on Working with Young People
    • Young People, Risk and Resilience
    • Working with Young People

  • CHCAOD2B (Orientation to the alcohol and other drugs sector) modules:Top of page
    • Young People, Society and AOD
    • How Drugs Work
    • Frameworks for AOD Work

  • CHCCS9A (Provide support services to clients) modules:
    • Helping Young People Identify their Needs
    • Working with Young People on AOD Issues
    • Working with Families, Peers and Communities
    • Young People and Drugs – Issues for Workers

  • CHCAOD6B (Work with clients who are intoxicated) module:
    • Working with Intoxicated Young People
The twelfth module Planning for Learning at Work is designed to support participants in their learning.

The four units of competence listed above contribute to national qualifications in both Youth Work and Alcohol and Other Drug Work and are electives in a range of other qualifications. Since these units by themselves will not deliver a qualification, the additional units listed in the Community Services Training Package Qualification Framework would need to be completed.

To achieve any of the above units a learner must complete all the modules comprising that unit and be assessed by a qualified assessor from a registered Training Organisation. While it is possible to complete individual modules, this will not enable you to achieve a unit of competence. Individual modules will contribute towards gaining the unit of competence and over a period of time all modules needed for the unit could be completed.

Each of the units of competence has a different focus and has been customised within national guidelines to meet the needs of frontline workers in working with young people with illicit drug issues. The modules each provide a learning pathway with stated learning outcomes to help achieve each particular unit of competence.

Since the modules associated with each unit of competence progressively build on each other, they can be delivered and assessed in an integrated manner. This provides learners with a 'total view' of the essential theory and required skills for their work roles.

Units of competence

CHCYTH1C (Work effectively with young people)

Elements:
  1. Develop a professional rapport with young people
  2. Address issues associated with the culture of young people
  3. Recognise that youth culture is distinct
Focus:
  • models and approaches of working with a young person
  • principles underpinning this work
  • basic skills in working with young people.
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  1. Perspectives on Working with Young People
  2. Young People, Risk and Resilience
  3. Working with Young People

CHCAOD2B (Orientation to the alcohol and other drug sector)

Elements:
  1. Work within the context of the alcohol and other drugs sector
  2. Develop knowledge of the alcohol and other drugs sector
  3. Demonstrate commitment to the central philosophies of the alcohol and other drugs sector
Focus:
    • understanding AOD use in society
    • approaches to AOD work factors.
Module sequence:
  1. Young People, Society and AOD
  2. How Drugs Work
  3. Frameworks

CHCCS5A Provide support services to clients

Elements:
  1. Assist clients to identify their needs
  2. Support clients to meet their needs
  3. Review work with clients
Focus:
  • helping young people to identify needs in relation to AOD issues
  • responding to these needs
  • skills in working with young people on AOD issues, at an individual and a community level.
Module sequence:
  1. Helping Young People Identify their Needs
  2. Working with Young People on AOD Issues
  3. Working with Families, Peers and Communities
  4. Young People and Drugs - Issues for Workers
In addition to the modules listed learners will need a current First Aid Certificate in order to achieve the unit of competence.
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CHCAOD6B Work with clients who are intoxicated

Elements:
  1. Provide a service to intoxicated clients
  2. Assist clients with longer-term needs
  3. Apply strategies to reduce harm or injury
Focus:
  • assessing, monitoring and responding to the needs of young people who are intoxicated.
Module sequence:
  1. Working with Intoxicated Young People
In addition to the modules listed learners will need a current First Aid Certificate in order to achieve the unit of competence.

Developing your learning pathway

Depending on your learning needs you may choose to do one, several or all of the units listed below. The following guide will help you decide which units to undertake.

If you want information about young people and ways of working with young people choose unit CHCYTH1C:
  • Perspectives on Working with Young People - Explores the stage of adolescence and a range of factors that impact on the development of young people

  • Young People, Risk and Resilience - Provides a framework for understanding and working with young people

  • Working with Young People - Provides a broad framework for understanding and working with young people, explores goals of working with young people and the development of specific skills.
If you want information about the alcohol and other drug sector and a greater understanding of drug use in society choose unit CHCAOD2B:
  • Young People, Society and AOD - Looks at ways of understanding drug use in society and by young people in particular and presents an overview of patterns and trends of AOD use by young people. Broad societal factors that influence work on AOD issues are also explored.

  • How Drugs Work - Provides information about drugs and how they act on the body.

  • Frameworks for AOD Work - Provides an overview of the range of AOD interventions, from prevention through to treatment and explores their relevance to work with young people on AOD issues.
If you want skills in identifying AOD drug impacts on young people to develop responses to alcohol and drug issues for the young people you work with choose unit CHCS9A:
  • Helping Young People Identify their Needs - Develops skills in identifying alcohol and other drug issues for young people at an individual, group and community level.

  • Working with Young People on AOD Issues - Provides skills in working with young people with AOD issues on a one-to-one basis. The emphasis is on young people who are experiencing problems because of their AOD use.Top of page

  • Working with Families, Peers and Communities - Provides a framework and skills for working with young people on AOD issues at a community and family level.

  • Young People and Drugs - Issues for Workers - Explores a range of issues that workers may encounter when working with young people on AOD issues. These include personal values, ethical issues and issues surrounding confidentiality and accountability.
If you want skills and information to work with young people who are intoxicated choose unit CHCAOD6B:
  • Working with Intoxicated Young People - Provides information and skills in working with intoxicated young people.
If you want advice about planning learning and how to learn:
  • Planning for Learning at Work

Many learners will want to develop knowledge and skills in a number of these areas. Overlapping content across the units has been identified in the individual modules.
Note: CHCAOD2B provides key underpinning knowledge on AOD work and reflection on personal values and attitudes to alcohol and other drugs. It is recommended that this unit be completed before undertaking the other units in alcohol and other drug work. In particular, the module How Drugs Work provides underpinning knowledge about drug actions on the individual. It is recommended that learners completing CHCCS9A and CHCAOD6B also complete this module.