ACSO is pleased to announce the release of a new forensic module, designed to complement the Step 2: AOD Comprehensive Assessment, which is required for use by Victorian DHHS-funded Alcohol and Other Drug services. This module is designed to assist assessment providers to obtain a comprehensive history of a client’s contact with the criminal justice system, and when used in conjunction with a treatment readiness assessment, to develop an understanding of the individual’s treatment readiness. The module will be of assistance to assessment providers with little or no experience in assessing clients with a forensic history and forensic report writing.
This module was developed by the ACSO DUETS (Developing Understanding, Expertise, Treatment, and Systems in Dual Diagnosis) project, which received funding from the Australian Government, Department of Health.
The module consists of a suite of supplementary forensic prompts to guide the collection of further information pertinent to a client’s past, current or pending offending behaviours, initially identified in the legal section of the Step 2: AOD Comprehensive Assessment. This module is not a risk assessment tool.
The purposes of the module are:
1. The collection and recording of relevant information that supplements or further clarifies information recorded in the ‘Legal section’ of the Step 2: AOD Comprehensive Assessment.
When used in conjunction with a treatment readiness assessment:
2. Guide treatment and assessment agencies in exploring the relationship between the individual's offending, AOD use, and/or mental health issues, and identifying treatment readiness and motivation to change.
3. Provide guidance to the worker when treatment planning and matching; the Forensic Module can support the worker to determine whether the client requires a referral to a specialist forensic AOD service or secondary consultation.
4. Support the worker to develop a comprehensive picture of a client’s offending history, AOD use, and/or mental health issues, treatment readiness and motivation to change.
Building the Capacity of Forensic Workers in the Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Sector
ACSO Working with Forensic Clients For Assessment Providers - Optional Module 12
ACSO COATS is the leading provider of State-wide AOD intake and assessment to forensic clients in Victoria. This training covers the roles and responsibilities of all key stakeholders in the Forensic AOD sector including COATS, Justice Services, Drug Treatment Services and Victoria Police. It also covers when and how to complete the Optional Module 12: Forensic, treatment recommendations and pathways, how to develop forensic assessment reports, and things to consider when working with justice clients.
Caraniche Forensic Workforce AOD Training
The Department of Health and Human Services are currently funding a training program for AOD clinicians working with mandated forensic clients. The two-day training examines a range of personality, systemic and clinical factors that impact on work with this client group. The training explores how to work effectively with clients who have complex needs, such as mental health concerns and engagement issues. The training provides guidance on case formulation and treatment planning, understanding the prison experience, and discusses strategies to ensure clinician self care. For a full outline of training topics covered in this 2 day training, or to register your interest, please visit the Caraniche website.
Accreditation Assessment Providers
The Department of Health and Human Services has mandated an accreditation process for clinicians who conduct assessments with those participating in forensic drug treatment programs (COATS funded treatment) to be accredited with the Department of Health and Human Services
Accreditation Treatment Providers
In addition to assessor accreditation in order for funded agencies to provide assessment and treatment for forensic clients, It is mandatory for all drug treatment agencies, who through their service agreements must provide drug treatment services to forensic clients (COATS funded), to nominate a Clinical Supervisor who will be accredited with Department of Health and Human Services
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