Course Overview

Drugs Solvent and Alcohol Abuse Counselling Level 4

Course code: ABC578

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Gain an insight into drugs solvent and alcohol abuse counselling, from home!

This course focuses on the ethics, skills, approaches and techniques of providing a counselling service to users of drugs, solvents and alcohol.  

  • Study theories of dependence and counselling ethics
  • Develop your knowledge of the various counselling approaches, such as cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Increase your understanding of psychology and real-life counselling techniques
  • Learn how to help people using the best of your counselling knowledge and skills

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

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Boost your career opportunities and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is easy and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

This course is approved by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), 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. 

Discounts on selected courses - Until 27th August
Course Content

Course Content

Unit 1: The counselling relationship and basis for addictive behaviour
  • Exploring substance misuse
  • Review of counselling skills and theory
  • Psychodynamic approach
  • Behavioural and cognitive approach
  • Humanist approach
  • What is dependence?
  • Theory specific to substance dependence
  • The counselling relationship: ethical considerations
Unit 2: Substance abuse
  • Classification and effects of psychoactive drugs
  • Some background physiology
  • Working with substance misusers
  • Assessment and approach
  • Basic assessment criteria
  • Initial session suggestions
Unit 3: Alcohol abuse
  • Introduction and discussion
  • Models and approaches
  • Pathological components of alcohol misuse
  • Working with people who have alcohol related problems
  • The twelve step approach
  • Specific issues
  • Counselling tools
  • Challenges
  • Alcoholism
Unit 4: The cognitive approach
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Pavlov and Skinner
  • Behaviour and learning review
  • Case formulation
  • Analogies
  • Modelling
  • Role reversal
  • Imagery
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Behavioural tasks
  • Ending the CBT programme
Unit 5: The psychodynamic approach
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Karl Jung
  • Object relations and ego psychology
  • The psychodynamic model in substance and abuse counselling contexts
  • Brief psychodynamic therapy
Unit 6: The person-centred approach
  • Rogers and the person-centred approach
  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs
  • The existentialist approach
  • Case studies
  • Discussion about the person centred approach
Other Information

Assessment

This course is assessed by a series of short assignments, which are marked by your tutor. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 120 hours to complete. You can start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies, which means you can study at your own pace.

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 from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards 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.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

This course is approved by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), 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. 

Q&As

Your Questions Answered

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will achieve drugs, solvents and alcohol abuse counselling level 4.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

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 Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

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 Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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My tutor is very supportive

I am enjoying the course, my tutor is very supportive and responds very quickly to my questions.

- Marian Scorah

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Our finance option is provided in partnership with AffordItNow.
For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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