Drug and Alcohol Counselling Level 3

Gain the knowledge needed to specialise in a career as a drugs and alcohol counsellor.

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Overview

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.

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Awarding Body

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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.

Course Outcome

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.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

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Is being a psychologist stressful?

Psychologists can often work long or unsociable hours, alongside patients in difficult situations. For these reasons, at times some people may find psychology to be a stressful career. That said, it’s rarely a boring vocation, and it can frequently be incredibly rewarding.

Is a career in psychology for me?

If you have a deep interest in the workings of the human mind and behaviour, and you want a challenging career working closely with people, then psychology may be the career for you.

Is it too late to start a career in psychology?

It’s never too late to start a career in psychology, whether you’re considering changing direction after studies in an unrelated field, or you want a fresh start after years or decades following a different path. Studying psychology online is easy, flexible and convenient, which opens up this exciting field to everyone – regardless of age or previous experience.

Why study psychology with Oxbridge?

We offer courses for beginners through to more advanced levels, so there will be a course to suit everyone’s experience and ability. All of our courses are created by industry experts and taught online by experienced tutors.

The best part is that all our courses are flexible, which is perfect if you’re in full-time employment or have other commitments preventing you from attending a physical location to study.

Are you ready to join the hundreds of recently enrolled students of all ages and backgrounds, enhancing their careers through an online psychology course with Oxbridge? Enrol online or speak to a learning adviser for more information or advice.

How can I learn psychology on my own?

We get it; you want to become a psychologist but don’t want to upheave your entire life to retrain or study. You also may not be too thrilled at the idea of being forced to learn at the pace of a whole class. Instead, you want to qualify by yourself.

That’s where online psychology courses come in. Once you’ve enrolled, you simply log into your learning portal and study at a time and pace that suits you. And if you do need additional help and support, you can request an online one-to-one with your personal tutor.

How do I start a career in psychology?

You could begin with an introductory course that covers a selection of psychological practices. This could be at GCSE level or even a level 3 psychology course. 

From here, you could study a more specialised course such as educational psychology, an advanced diploma in psychology, or neuro-linguistic programming. And if you wish, you can use your new knowledge to apply for a university-level course.

Once you’ve got some qualifications under your belt, you can start applying for jobs in your chosen field of psychology.

Should I train as a counsellor?

Individuals of any age can benefit from counselling courses and it’s important to note that counselling, when experiencing grief, abuse, anger and problems building and maintaining relationships can have a positive impact.

This makes it absolutely critical that the counselling sector ensures it is well staffed with empathetic, conscientious and skilled professionals who will diligently work to help individuals manage their emotional welfare.

If this sounds like you, training to counsel individuals, couples or groups could be the start of an incredibly inspiring career. A skilled counsellor can become a truly vital support for vulnerable people, enabling them to work through trauma and past issues, making this profession as rewarding as it is valued.

How does counselling benefit children?

One in ten children experience mental illness, and, according to the same report from Mind, the recent pandemic lockdown has led to 68% of young people experiencing lowered mental health.

Counselling can be extremely useful for children and young people, particularly those who don’t have access to a support network at home or feel they cannot talk to their parents about problems they may be facing.

How does counselling benefit adults?

According to the NHS, one in four adults experience mental illness; and the pandemic has worsened things. The mental health charity, Mind, released insight in Feb 2022 stating that “A million UK adults who had problems with their mental health for the first time during the pandemic have not spoken to anyone about it”

A career in counselling adults can see you touching upon topics surrounding the workplace, infertility, past trauma or even addiction. Older adults with very little family or friends can also benefit from counselling to help them better cope with feelings of loneliness or even worthlessness which is unfortunately common amongst older generations.

What types of counselling are there?

There are many different disciplines within counselling, including Counselling for Children, Substance Misuse and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. There are many counselling courses online available for various disciplines that can equip you with the skills and expertise to help people who are struggling with incredibly difficult situations. If you want to attain your counselling diploma online then we can help you.

Why study Counselling courses online?

Studying your counselling courses online with Oxbridge will get you qualified faster and on average our learner’s grades are 20% higher than the grades achieved by those who study on campus. As with all distance learning courses, distance learning counselling courses enable students to study wherever and whenever they choose, meaning they can become a counsellor while fitting their studies around other commitments such as work or childcare.

Why study Drugs & Alcohol Counselling online?

Online study gives you the flexibility to study for your new career in drugs and alcohol counselling at your own pace, around your commitments, and all while benefiting from unlimited tutor support.

What will you learn in this Drug & Alcohol Counselling course?

This Level 3 Drug & Alcohol Counselling course will teach you the fundamentals of substance misuse, including the biology and psychology of addiction. You will learn about best practices for working effectively with addicts and will be guided through recovery techniques like motivational interviewing, harm reduction strategies and relapse prevention plans.

Who should study Drug & Alcohol Counselling Level 3?

This Level 3 Drug & Alcohol Counselling course is perfect for those who want to pursue a career as a substance misuse counsellor, whether or not you have prior relevant experience or qualifications. Upon completion you will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to work effectively with clients in helping them to overcome addiction and other harmful behaviours.

If you are passionate about helping others, and want to make a difference in the lives of those that are struggling with substance misuse and addiction, then this is the course for you.

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