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Addiction Counselling QLS Level 3


Do you see yourself helping others out in their times of need? Then this Addiction Counselling QLS Level 3 course could be perfect for you.

Course duration

Up to one year.

Course outcome

You will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality License Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Tutor-marked assessments.

Study Options

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Course code: ABC001
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Course overview

  • Gain a solid foundation of knowledge in the different types and causes of addiction.
  • Understand the theory behind different counselling approaches and skills.
  • Learn more about the support systems available to your clients and their families to help them cope.
  • This course is approved by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists).

There is a national shortage of qualified therapists able to help people overcome problems associated with addiction. Thousands of people suffer from addictive behaviour and many seek professional help to overcome it.

If you are already working as a counsellor, this Addiction Counselling QLS Level 3 course is an excellent opportunity to specialise in the area of addiction and addictive behaviour. However, the course may also appeal to novices who are considering a career in counselling.

At the end of this course, students will be able to join and become a member of the ACCPH. The ACCPH is an independent self-regulated professional body for counsellors, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists.

What is addiction counselling?

You will help people struggling with addiction in different ways, from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT).

CBT helps individuals by identifying their problematic behaviours and turning them into positives. Counselling provides people with addictions to think, feel and act by interrupting the cycle of addiction.

DBT, on the other hand, is based on CBT and is a type of talking treatment. By allowing them to experience, recognise and accept their difficult emotions, the aim is to help them learn to manage those emotions.

Course content

  • Core skills and competencies of counselling
  • Aims and objectives of counselling
  • Key theoretical principles that underpin counselling
  • Scope of counselling

  • How to establish and maintain the counselling relationship
  • Importance of relationship boundaries in addiction counselling
  • Ethical principles and how they apply to counselling contexts
  • Concepts and processes of transference and countertransference

  • Theoretical principles for each approach
  • Clients each approach is suitable for
  • Specialist skills required for each approach
  • Key similarities and differences between each approach

  • The physiology of addiction
  • The psychology of addiction
  • Predisposition to addiction
  • Processes of relapse linked to physiological and psychological changes

  • Substance and alcohol addiction
  • Common features of addiction
  • How counsellors need to adapt their approach for each type of addiction
  • Challenges of each addiction with regard to social, family and wide-ranging impacts

  • Explain the challenges of co-occurring diagnoses
  • How stereotyping and labelling affects the counselling process
  • Challenges of denial and ambivalence
  • Social and family support systems and how these impact recovery

Awarding body

This course has been endorsed by the Quality License Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provisions and training programmes.

This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example, progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

The Quality License Scheme’s 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.

Extra information

You will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 100 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Approximately 100 hours.

This course will enable you to work when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality License Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

There are several avenues you can go down once you have successfully completed this course. You could take a look at our other counselling courses, or you could further your education by studying a counselling degree at university. If you want to work in counselling using your Addiction Counselling Level 3 qualification, here are just a couple of the jobs you could explore (depending on your credentials):

  • Substance abuse counsellor
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Community health worker
  • Probation officer
  • Mental health counsellor
  • Social and community service worker


No previous knowledge or skills are required to enrol onto this Addiction Counselling QLS Level 3 course.

• Dedicated personal tutor support
• Dedicated learner services
• Assignment marking and feedback
• FREE XO Student Discounts membership
• FREE CV critique service
• FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
• *Comprehensive study guide
• *Open Study College pen and highlighter

• *Student notebook

* Not included with the online study option

No. Your certification is issued based on your tutor-marked assignments alone.

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Learner Services Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you're 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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