Drug and alcohol misuse is a serious and widespread problem, affecting not just those with substance abuse problems, but the people around them and society as a whole. Drug and alcohol counsellors work with people who are struggling with addiction, helping them to overcome their problems and lead healthier, more productive lives.
This Level 3 Drug & Alcohol Counselling Course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a successful substance misuse counsellor. You will learn about different types of drugs, their risk profiles, and their effects on the body and mind. You will also gain insights into the psychological and social factors that contribute to substance abuse and learn strategies for helping people to overcome addiction. Additionally, you will develop your communication skills so that you can build strong relationships with clients, helping them to beat addiction and achieve their goals.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Introduction to Addictions
This unit will encourage you to delve deeper into the physical and psychological reasons behind dependency. You’ll learn the signs, symptoms and consequences as well as the strains it may have on your finances, family and employment and its links to crime and mental health problems.
Unit 2 - Addictive Substances
The world of drugs is forever changing and expanding, but this unit will aim to increase your familiarity of highly addictive drugs. You’ll have an improved understanding of Amphetamines, Benzodiazepines, Methadone, Heroin, Nicotine, Alcohol, Cocaine, MDMA and Crystal Meth.
Unit 3 - Models and Perspectives Surrounding Substance Misuse
Next, you’ll look at a number of arguing theories behind dependency, including moral, medical, genetic and neurobiological, and psychological models. You’ll find out if an addictive personality has an impact on people with a dependency, looking closely at behavioural theory, social cognitive learning models, and sociocultural models too. Also learning about the neurophysiology of addiction as well as tolerance.
Unit 4 - Classification of Substances
There are various category classifications of substances, often causing different sensations and feelings. During this unit you’ll get a better understanding of these categories including depressants, opioids and narcotics, stimulants, hallucinogens, cannabinoids and inhalants.
Unit 5 - Treatment and Preventions
Treatment and prevention are a key aspect of this course, enlightening you on some of the preventative mechanisms used to help people with substance misuse problems, including primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. You’ll gain a better insight on how to assess those with substance misuse problems, functional analysis of behaviour prior to substance misuse, and highlight key information all practitioners must remember.
Unit 6 - Stages of Change
During this unit you’ll be able to recognise a client as being at one of these six stages; pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance and relapse. You’ll also explore the strategies for each stage of change and learn about how motivational interviewing can be carried out through discrepancy, empathy, ambivalence and resistance.
Unit 7 - Navigating Recovery
In this unit you’ll visit SMART goals and how they can be used to aid recovery, covering areas such as withdrawal management, outpatient services, pharmacotherapy treatments, family counselling, twelve-step programmes and relapse prevention.
Unit 8 - Reflexivity and Diversity
Lastly, you’ll learn about reflexivity as a practitioner, exploring the challenges faced and the questions to ask and not ask if someone has a history of substance misuse. You’ll also consider areas such as intoxication, compassion fatigue ad vicious trauma and client diversity. Concluding this course will leave you with an invaluable variety of skills needed to take forward into drug and alcohol counselling.
Unit 9 - Further Reading
An in-depth exploration into the history, models, and aspects of drug addiction and counselling. Not a requirement for the course, but this further reading with greatly help when it comes to answering your assignment questions, as well as improve your knowledge of the field.
With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year.
NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the specific needs of learners. These courses fit in where there are no other regulated qualifications are available. Meaning you can achieve recognition from a well-respected awarding body, even if there isn’t a pre-existing qualification in a certain subject area.
At the end of this Drug and Alcohol Counselling course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by NCFE Customised Qualifications. You can read more about NCFE here.
How is this course assessed or examined?
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.