ODYSSEY HOUSE VICTORIA: Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment, Training & Support

Working with Clients with Amphetamine-Type Stimulant Issues

10524NAT – Course in Working with Clients with Amphetamine-Type Stimulant Issues

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About this qualification

Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS) are the second most commonly used illicit drug in our community. A wide range of alcohol & other drug (AOD) services and allied health agencies are working towards increasing their capacity, skills and infrastructure to better address the needs of ATS users.

This course is aimed at workers in the community sector. It provides essential knowledge and information about the drug type and skill training. The content, learning activities and assessment tasks provided ensure participants acquire a proficient understanding of forms of ATS used, patterns and prevalence of misuse, pharmacology, signs and symptoms of ATS use, withdrawal and toxicity. The course also covers mental health and ATS, harm reduction, and easy-to-use screening tools based on a Motivational Interviewing framework.

In this course you will learn:

  • How amphetamine-type stimulants are used, including how much and how often
  • How amphetamine-type stimulants affect the brain and the body
  • The risks and harms of amphetamine use and how can they be reduced
  • ATS Toxicity – First aid measures
  • ATS Withdrawal – The patterns, preparation and support
  • ATS and Mental Health – How it relates to anxiety, depression and psychosis
  • ATS Crisis presentations – How you should respond
  • Risk assessment identification and response
  • Opportunistic brief interventions – Motivational interviewing skills using a screening tool specific to ATS

Delivery format

This course is provided through flexible delivery of accredited training with online support in the form of manuals, learning materials and assessments as well as support via telephone, emails and forums. It is suitable for people with intermediate computer literacy. The format is similar to ‘distance learning’ and requires good time management skills. For more information take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Participants assessed as competent in the units receive a nationally recognised and accredited Statement of Attainment: 10524NAT Course in Working with Clients with Amphetamine-Type Stimulant Issues.

Intended audience & pre-requisites:

  • The course is designed for workers currently employed in health, justice, youth, employment, housing and other sectors where ATS users are likely to present without necessarily wanting to consult an AOD service.
  • Our courses are contextualised for the Victorian AOD sector, and as such are recommended only for students intending on working in Victoria.
  • This course is delivered online, and thus is suitable for people with access to a computer and intermediate computer literacy.

Units delivered:

  • ATSRCC401A Respond to clients in crisis with amphetamine type stimulant issues
  • ATSPIC402A Provide brief opportunistic intervention for clients with amphetamine type stimulant issues


Current Senior (Level 2) First Aid accreditation (equivalent to HLTAID003 – Provide First Aid). Evidence of completion required for full completion of qualification.

Course fees

Cost: $775.00

View our statement of fees here.

Learn more – contact us

Would you like to learn more about the 10524NAT Course in Working with Clients with Amphetamine-Type Stimulant Issues? Our Student Coordinator is available on (03) 8537 7112 and at studentadmin@odyssey.org.au; or you can reach out to us via the contact page.