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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.

Full time: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - 9am to 4pm

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.

Participants will be required to engage with learning material online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes. Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available. While it is expected that the course duration will remain unchanged, it may be necessary to extend the completion date if circumstances change. Chisholm will be monitoring the situation closely and inform of any changes if the duration of a course is extended.

If you have any queries on a course delivery please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

Course code
On campus
Frankston, Berwick
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Full Time, 12 months.
Start dates
8 Feb 2021