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Learn how to help others afflicted by drugs and alcohol

If you are motivated to work with people experiencing alcohol and drug dependency, this course will give you the foundation knowledge, skills and experience required to make a difference to their lives.

Your teachers are experienced and highly skilled professionals currently working in the alcohol/other drugs and complex care sector. The course combines workshops and field trips along with simulated assessments, in our brand new consulting facilities to gain practical experience at our Berwick and Frankston campuses.

Throughout the course, you will develop the knowledge and skills required in the sector, working with people experiencing alcohol and other drugs issues.

On completion, you may work in entry-level roles in the alcohol and drugs sector in community-based organisations, withdrawal services, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals, with limited responsibility and within established parameters.

When you graduate, you may choose to pathway into other areas of study such as mental health and youth work.


Semester 1: Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Semester 2: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & half day on Thursdays

Course code
Delivery location
Frankston, Berwick
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Full Time, 12 months.
Start dates
8 Feb, 19 July (Berwick)

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.