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1.01 | AOD ESSENTIALS - Substance use: Foundational concepts

MODULE NAME:Substance use: foundational concepts
MODULE CODE:L1.1 - 1/4
LEARNING LEVEL:Level 1 – Core AOD Knowledge
TARGET AUDIENCE:All AOD, Mental Health and SEWB workers
MODULE AIM:This module provides a broad overview of the foundational concepts that are used when working with people who use psychoactive substances.

By the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • utilise best practice AOD language and terminology, including slang and common acronyms
  • describe psychoactive substances and differentiate the three main drug classification types
  • describe why people use substances, including patterns of use
  • describe key theoretical models such as 'Drug, Set and Setting' and the ‘Stages of Change’
  • describe the policy and practice of harm minimisation.
LENGTH:20 minutes
CPD:Participation in this activity may contribute to CPD. A Statement of Completion will be issued on completion of this module. 
REFERENCE LIST:The full reference list for this module is available on request.
LAST UPDATED:November 2023