Overview

The suggested assessment events for this module have been mapped to the unit of competence CHCYTH1A and correspond with the learning outcomes listed at the beginning of this module, Young People, Society and AOD. Over the course of this program learners could be required to complete one of the following assessments:

Event 1: Portfolio

Learners are required to develop a portfolio based on their own workplace and work practices that demonstrates the following:
  • Their understanding and application of the central philosophies of the AOD sector
  • Their ability to identify their personal values and belief systems and the impact of these on their current work practices
  • In addition to written responses to the questions provided, learners may also wish to include examples from the workplace that may assist their explanations and support work practices.

Portfolio

Reflect on the following questions in relation to your agency and your workplace practice:
  1. Outline what you consider to be the broad values and philosophy that underpin AOD work.

  2. Describe how your work practices support these values and philosophies? If you feel that they do not support these values identify any changes that you could make in your work practices. (You may want to provide some examples of your workplace. For example you could develop a checklist with your supervisor on your work in relation to these values and philosophies. You could also use examples of your work on projects or with clients.)

  3. How do you think that your own values and beliefs about alcohol and other drugs influence your work practices? (You may want to provide some examples from your workplace. For example you could show how you refer clients to a range of agencies with different philosophies and that this is based on the best match between the client and the service. You will also need to show examples of your ability to take into account your personal values in relation to your work.)

  4. What are some current trends and common themes in relation to young people in your local area? How do you go about identifying these in your workplace?

  5. What are some of the strategies used within your agency to prevent or limit the possible harms associated with young people's drug use? How do you implement these?
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Assessment criteria

The following key areas are to assist you and the learners in providing a guide for marking the assessment for this particular unit:
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the central philosophies of the AOD sector and application of these philosophies in a theoretical context
  • Demonstrates ability to identify personal values and belief systems and the impact of these on current work practices
  • Demonstrates ability to provide and include examples from the workplace that may assist explanations and support work practices[

Event 2: Case study


Learners are required to demonstrate their ability and apply their knowledge of drug use patterns and problems, interventions and the social and political context when working with young people on AOD issues.

Scenario

A new illicit drug called Mafu (an amphetamine-related substance with side effects including sudden death) has become problematic in your community. The drug is administered in the same ways as other amphetamines. You have been appointed to lead the taskforce in tackling the Mafu issue in your community.

Part A

As head of the taskforce you are asked to prepare a report providing background information on young people and drug use to the other members of the taskforce.

The report (of approximately 700-1000 words) should:
  1. Consider patterns of drug use by young people and discuss similarities and differences to adult patterns of use
  2. Describe the problems related to drugs use for young people and consider relevant models to understand drug-use behaviours.
  3. Discuss any state/federal policies that relate to young people and their drug use
  4. Consider societal views of drug use by young people
  5. Discuss how you think this relates to the status of young people in our society.
  6. Identify ways how you think attitudes towards drug use by young people have changed over time and how this has affected services to young people.
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Part B

Outline strategies you would use to:
  1. Prevent young people from using Mafu
  2. Limit the harm related to young people already using Mafu.
(Approximately 400 – 600 words)

The following questions and topics will assist you with your strategies:
  • Identify the target group
  • What are you hoping to achieve?
  • Describe the strategy
  • Outline your reasons for choosing the strategy (i.e. give examples of this strategy being used with other drugs)
  • The level at which the strategy is aimed at – the individual, drug, environment
  • Range of services needed
  • Types of problems that could be experienced and duration of the problem
  • Needs of young people
  • Family and community supports
  • Harm minimisation strategies.

Assessment criteria

The following key areas are to assist you and the learners in providing a guide for marking the assessment for this particular unit:
  • Demonstrates the ability to write a report that addresses and answers each question in relation to the case study
  • Ability to consider broad philosophies and practices and implement good understanding and use of relevant models that underpin these practices within a workplace context
  • Demonstrates ability to provide evidence and additional reading to support arguments and written report (in part A and part B)