Get some answers to those questions you have about the Youth AoD Framework course.

FAQs for the Youth AOD Framework course

Do we come out with a certificate or some sort of accreditation?

You will come out with a Certificate of Completion. It is anticipated that this will become a highly valued certificate in the Youth AOD sector due to the focused and thorough nature of the content, and the high expectations on the students. This is similar to many sector training courses, such as the 5-day Supervision course run by the Bouverie Centre, which is not connected to any formal qualification.

Although the course is not accredited through any formal organisation, such as the Industry Skills Council, the content has been reviewed by an industry-based RTO manager who assessed that the content would cover almost all of the Cert IV in AOD ‘Skill Set’. Therefore, it would make the process of ‘Recognised Prior Learning’ much easier if any of the participants decided to do the Cert. IV later on.

The reason we haven’t had it integrated into the Cert IV, is that the assessment requirements of that qualification are quite demanding and would have resulted in compromising on all of the innovations in delivery (focus on critical thinking / reflective practice) that are the core philosophy of this course.

The content of the course is more about understanding the theoretical underpinnings of evidence-based Youth AOD work, and using these to inform ‘intentionality’ and ‘accountability’ into practice. In this way, the content is more like a University course, and doesn’t fit into the model used in RTOs.

That said, if any of our students sought RPL for the Cert IV after completing this course, we would provide any course material / documentation for them to make that process easier.

Are the assessments done in groups out of training hours?

There is a group work component, which is an oral presentation on a specific drug, with a focus on Pharmacology, Function, and Context. There is some class time allocated to preparation, but the structure of the presentations mean that the group could easily prepare without needing to get together out of class times. Each individual will have an area to focus on, and a time-limit, so can prepare at home, or on study time if agreed with their manager.

The goal of the group oral presentation is not to develop group work skills, but to demonstrate the skill of speaking confidently to a group (in practice, this might be to a network meeting, parents, or clients) on a subject matter that is our core business – drugs.

How extensive will the assignments be?

There will be no written assignments; the assessment will consist of 3 components:

Group oral presentation (drugs)

Quiz (multiple choice questions, done on-line after the training session, to ensure frameworks are becoming embedded)
Participation (in critical discussions and reflective practice – this participation is the most highly weighted of all 3 components – as it is the best way to demonstrate understanding and growth).

Is the questionnaire basically a test at the end?

The questionnaire is for an evaluation of the course that we are having conducted by professional evaluators. There is going to be a before and after questionnaire that will (hopefully!) reveal the change and growth in the students, and then can be used to formulate a plan to roll out this training in an on-going way.