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)

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:
    • 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:
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.