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
  • Social drinking and drug abuse
  • Information on drugs imports into Ireland and the European Union

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

  • Introduction
  • Drugs and the law
  • Overview of individual drugs

Unit 3: Alcohol abuse

  • Binge drinking
  • The effect of alcohol on the human body
  • Alcohol and crime

Unit 4: Why people use drugs and alcohol

  • Attitudes about drugs

Unit 5: Drug and alcohol prevention and awareness

  • Drug and alcohol prevention programmes in Ireland

Unit 6: The basics of counselling

  • The role of the counsellor
  • The basics of counselling
  • Guidelines for good practice and care

Unit 7: Traditional Counselling Styles

  • Individual therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Who goes to counselling?

Unit 8:   Counselling for Alcohol problems

  • Introduction
  • Identifying alcohol problems
  • When a client may seek counselling
  • Treatment strategies
  • The sessions

Unit 9:   Counselling for Substance Misuse

  • Types of illegal drugs
  • What causes substance abuse?
  • Identifying substance abuse
  • When a client may seek counselling
  • The aims of substance abuse counselling
  • Treatment approaches
  • The therapeutic process
  • The sessions
  • This course is assessed through a series of tutor-marked assignments. There is no exam for this course.
Technical Requirements
  • Internet connection –  a speed of at least 10Mbps.
  • Browser – we recommend Chrome or Safari for Tablet or Apple Mac; and Firefox or Chrome for PCs.
  • Operating System – PC (Windows 7 or later), Mac or Android.
  • This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards. The Quality Licence Scheme endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes.  This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. CMIT can advise you on any further recognition, for example, progression routes into further and/or higher education.
  • A QLS award at level 3 is roughly equivalent to a Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details
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