Drug and Alcohol Counselling


Course Details

This programme is designed for people who wish to gain an awareness of drug and alcohol misuse and practice methods of counselling clients who misuse substances. The objectives of the course are to enable learners to: (1) obtain a better understanding about drugs and alcohol misuse, (2) obtain knowledge about the different types of drugs available and their side effects and use, (3) obtain a better understanding why people take drugs, (4) gain a better understanding about why people use Alcohol, (5) find out what treatment is available in your area and how to access it, (6) find out how to set up a drug or alcohol abuse treatment programme in your area, and to (7) understand the principles of drug and alcohol misuse counselling.

Students receive a course manual, assignments and studyguide plus Tutor support. The course documentation for this ABC Awards accredited course is detailed and easy to read. Your Tutor will support you throughout the duration of the course. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that support is available for your course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

Who should complete this course?
  • People considering a career in Counselling.
  • Parents, Teachers and Youth workers.
  • People who wish to gain an introductory qualification in Drug and Alcohol Counselling and wish to study at their own pace, and in their own time.
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
  • None.
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Topics covered in this Course

Unit 1: Introduction

  • General introduction
  • Understanding Social use from Substance Abuse, Alcoholism and Addiction
  • Social Drinking and Drug Abuse
  • Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
  • Alcohol and Drug Use Management
  • Information on Drugs imports in the European Union

Unit 2: The A-Z of drugs – effects, risks and the law

  • Introduction
  • The effects of drugs
  • The risks associated with drugs
  • The law relating to drugs

Unit 3: Alcohol Abuse

  • Introduction
  • Binge Drinking
  • Guidelines
  • The effect of Alcohol on the Human Body
  • Alcohol and Crime

Unit 4: Why People use Drugs and Alcohol

  • Introduction
  • Attitudes About Drugs
  • Drug Prevention and Awareness

Unit 5: Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Awareness

  • Introduction
  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programmes

Unit 6: The Basics of Counselling

  • Introduction
  • What is counselling
  • Who is a Counsellor
  • When is a Counsellor not ready to Council
  • Who needs counselling
  • Ten Steps to Counselling
  • Guidelines for good practice and care

Unit 7: Traditional Counselling Styles

  • What are the different types of Traditional Counselling
  • What Counselling
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Who goes to Counselling

Unit 8: Counselling for Alcohol Problems

  • What are alcohol problems?
  • What causes alcohol problems?
  • Identifying alcohol problems
  • When a client may seek counselling
  • The aims of alcohol problems counselling
  • Treatment strategies
  • The therapeutic approach to treating alcohol problems
  • The sessions
  • Relapse prevention
  • Conclusion

Unit 9: Counselling for Substance Misuse

  • What is substance abuse?
  • What causes substance abuse
  • Identifying substance abuse
  • When a client may seek counselling
  • The aims of substance abuse counselling
  • Treatment approaches
  • Tools of the counsellor
  • The therapeutic process
  • The sessions
  • Other considerations for the substance abuse counsellor
  • Conclusion
  • This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments. There is no exam with this course.
  • At the end of this course successful learners will receive a certificate of achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.  The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.  To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.  The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.   ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met.  A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
  • An ABC Awards Level 3 is roughly equivalent to a Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications, but is not an award on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Please note that there is a Eur60 fee payable for administration, moderation and certification.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details
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by Student March 2017 on Mar 9 2017 10:08

The course was very informative and up to date. I have to say I was very pleased with everything and always felt I could message my tutor with any query and I always got a reply.

by Student August 2016 on Aug 10 2016 10:22

I would recommend CMIT for an distance learning course as they have been very helpful to me. My expectations were met at all times.

by Student November 2015 on Nov 11 2015 09:35

The was very informative and I look forward to using the skills I have acquired in the future.

by Student June 2015 on Jun 2 2015 14:34

I found the course to be very informative and enjoyable.

by Student March 2015 on Mar 31 2015 09:22

I find the course very interesting and quite enjoyable. The assignments are great as they make me work my brain more and really get into the course.

by Student January 2015 on Jan 8 2015 12:50

Overall, I think the people are very helpful. Fast responses from the office staff are what made me chose CMIT over the competition, while feedback from tutor was timely, informative and very helpful. The process of signing up was simple, and website is very user friendly.

by info@cmit.ie on Feb 4 2014 15:15

Student October 2013 I thought the course was very challenging. I found it difficult to get started but the support I got from the CMIT staff was great. It was a great learning experience, I learned so much.
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