Alcohol Dependence and Withdrawal (IHSU5002)


This unit builds skills in clinical work and understanding of the science which explains addiction. Also, the block further develops understanding of community measures to address alcohol misuse and builds academic skills. Students will study alcohol dependence ('alcoholism') and withdrawal, including tools to assess and help clients. The cultural and geographical context of assessment and treatment is considered. The unit aims to improve students' skills in preventing relapse, including counseling, referral to appropriate services and understanding the role of medicines. Mental health problems linked to alcohol misuse will be examined. Students will develop their skills in writing a case management plan. After the block students will organise a half-day clinical placement in an alcohol treatment service.

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block mode (5 days) followed by 50 hours of self-directed learning at home


1 x written assignment (50%), class participation (10%), completion of clinical placement and related written tasks (30%), open book quiz (formative assessment) (10%)


Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J & Conigrave K (2012). Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney, NSW: University of Sydney.
Ministerial Council on Drugs Strategy. National Drug Strategy: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan 2003-2006. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; 2003
Haber, P., Lintzeris, N., et al. (2009). Quick reference guide to the treatment of alcohol problems: companion document to the guidelines for the treatment of alcohol problems. Canberra: Prepared for the Australian Government Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

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