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Addiction Counselling

Course Code: ABC001
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

There is a national shortage of qualified therapists able to help people overcome problems associated with addiction.

People can be addicted to all sorts of things, from gambling, alcohol and drugs to shopping, stealing and sex - to name only a few. Thousands of people suffer from addictive behaviour and many seek professional help to overcome it.

This course will enable you to learn about the different types and causes of addiction and gain the knowledge to offer appropriate therapy and support to clients.

If you are already working as a counsellor, this 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.

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or via email, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You will have more than enough time to complete your course so you can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Counselling skills and approaches (part 1)
    • Core skills and competencies of counselling
    • Aims and objectives of counselling
    • Key theoretical principles that underpin counselling
    • Scope of counselling
    Unit 2: Counselling skills and approaches (part 2)
    • 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
    Unit 3: Counselling skills and approaches (part 3)
    • Theoretical principles for each approach
    • Clients each approach is suitable for
    • Specialist skills required for each approach
    • Key similarities and differences between each approach
  • Unit 4: Understanding addiction
    • The physiology of addiction
    • The psychology of addiction
    • Predisposition to addiction
    • Processes of relapse linked to physiological and psychological changes
    Unit 5: Types of addiction
    • 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
    Unit 6: Client and support issues in addiction counselling
    • 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

Other Information

  • Assessment

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

    Course Duration

    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.

  • Study Method

    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!

    Course Outcomes

    At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

    The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

    ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

course questions & answers

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

No previous knowledge or skills are required to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

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

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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    "very interesting"

    - Dawn Rayner, Farnborough

    I am finding the course very interesting and have been doing a lot of research, however it has been many years since i have studied anything so am finding it a little difficult to take in.

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