Recognition of Prior Learning & Upskilling

During the mid 1990’s, competitive tendering required government funded organisations to comply with minimum standards. Government and peak body organisations have now developed a best practice framework for the substance abuse industry to ensure that organisations have established policies and procedures that satisfy their structural, legal and ethical requirements.

The Certificate IV in Community Services in Alcohol & Other Drugs – (AOD) is the minimum standard for Drug & Alcohol workers.

Optimal Health Group has been providing Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) since 2002 and we have arranged with various TAFE in Australia to provide the RPL kits for students that complete our Dual Diagnosis Training and want to apply for a workplace assessment.

This is an optional service for people that want to upskill that have completed the 2 days advanced training which meets the competencies in the AOD & Mental Health modules.

This Advanced Drug & Alcohol Training in Substance Abuse and Mental Health is also tax deductible as a work related expense and enables people to maintain professional development and upskilling.

Online Training…

in Substance Abuse & Mental Health Interventions (www.samhi.online) is coming 1 July 2017…!

Dates for live training in Substance Abuse & Mental Health Interventions, (also known as Dual Diagnosis or Comorbidity), is listed at the bottom of the home page.

This workplace assessment is designed to acknowledge people’s life experiences and work skills so they can be assessed within the context of their vocation, (whether it is paid or unpaid work). This Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) provide students with drug & alcohol qualifications that are nationally recognised:

Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD)

For people to apply for assessment in their workplace, they need to have at least 1 year experience in the welfare industry with a job description from the organisation they are working or volunteering for, that requires them to conduct psycho-social assessments on people needing help from their organisation, (not necessarily AOD).

Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD)

For people to apply for assessment in their workplace, they need to already have a Certificate IV or higher in community services or welfare, together with at least 2 years’ experience in the welfare industry with a job description from the organisation they are working or volunteering for, that requires them to conduct psycho-social assessments and / or counselling with people needing help, (not necessarily AOD). If they don’t already have a Certificate IV or higher, they will need at least 3 years work experience as explained above before they can apply.

Diploma in Mental Health

For people to apply for assessment in their workplace, they need to already have a Certificate IV or higher in community services or welfare, together with at least 2 years’ experience in the welfare industry with a job description from the organisation they are working or volunteering for, that requires them to conduct psycho-social assessments and / or counselling with people needing help, (not necessarily AOD). If they don’t already have a Certificate IV or higher, they will need at least 3 years work experience as explained above before they can apply.

Diploma in Counselling (CHC51712) (expected towards the end of 2017)

For people to apply for assessment in their workplace, they need to have already a Certificate IV or higher in community services or welfare, together with at least 3 years’ experience in the welfare industry with a job description from the organisation they are working or volunteering for, that requires them to conduct assessments with people needing help. It is not necessary to be providing psycho-therapy, but people will need to demonstrate that they are delivering basic counselling skills to clients, such as reflective listening, psycho-social assessments, client advocacy and referrals to service providers in the community. They will also need to demonstrate that they have understanding and competency with the key psychological modalities used within the social services industry. Particularly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and other common interventions like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Narrative Therapy. The Dual Diagnosis Training is not a requirement for this qualification.

All of these qualifications are nationally recognised and accredited with the National Training Package. I have been providing this RPL & training since 2000 for many people working in the welfare / AOD field in Victoria and Queensland who are needing to upskill to meet accreditation requirements at a personal and / or organisational level.

This RPL is not designed to replace full time education in these qualifications, but to give people the opportunity to demonstrate that they possess the relevant knowledge, skills and experience through a workplace assessment. The advanced Drug & Alcohol Training provides students with evidence based best practice knowledge required in these qualifications.

To register and pay for the training below, please click on the last page of this website called,CONTACT US“.

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