Drug and Alcohol Counselling

Course Details

This Drug and Alcohol Counselling Course 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 study guide 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 Drug and Alcohol Counselling 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 Drug and Alcohol Counselling 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 for this course.
  • At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course). The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. 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 demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards and Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.
  • An ABC Awards Level 3 is roughly equivalent to a Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
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