Version Effective: 15th of February, 2019
Version Effective: 15th of February, 2019

PDC58965 - Alcohol and Other Drugs: Brief Interventions Using a Model of Behaviour Change

Course Details

Course Summary

A brief intervention is a treatment strategy in which structured therapy of short duration (typically 5-30 minutes) is offered with the aim of encouraging an individual to cease or reduce the use of a psychoactive drug or (less commonly) to deal with other life issues (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime & World Health Organisation 2016). The rationale for brief intervention is that, even if the percentage of individuals who alter their drug use after a single intervention is small, the public health impact of large numbers of primary health care workers providing these interventions systematically is considerable. This online Short Course will explore the components of an effective brief intervention, and how a model of behaviour change – the transtheoretical model – can be used to provide targeted interventions.

The fee for this short course will be $250.00.

Course Details

Course Type Short Course (Professional Development)
Student Availability
  • Domestic
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Application Mode
  • Other
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Study Area
  • Education and Humanities
  • Health
  • Psychology, Social Work and Community Services
Skill Area
  • Community Services
  • Fitness Sport and Recreation
  • General Education and Training
  • Health
  • Justice and Law Enforcement
  • Natural Therapy
  • Youth Services

Admission Codes

International Students
Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however, students enrolling in this course should work or study in the health, nursing, medical, general health, community work or corrective services professions.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

This course provides Professional Development for health, nursing, medical, general health, community work and corrective services professionals.

Undertaking this course enables students to meet their Continuing Professional Development obligations and industry update requirements in their profession. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded 12 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours and a CQUniversity Certificate of Completion.

Successful completion of all Alcohol and Other Drugs Short Courses (10) PLUS the Alcohol and Other Drugs: Assessment Module, will enable students to apply for credit transfer to the Post Graduate unit, NURS20178: ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS.

Course Structures
Standard Course Structure

12 hours

  • Online
No units are associated with this course

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the rationale for brief interventions in working with people who use drugs
  2. Explain the transtheoretical behaviour change model and how it relates to planning effective brief interventions
  3. Describe the key components of a brief intervention.


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