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Drugs Solvent and Alcohol Abuse Counselling Level 4

Course Code: ABC578
Course Level: 4

Course Overview

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!

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

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 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 4 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

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 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

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 be awarded your drugs, solvents and alcohol abuse counselling level 4 certification.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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    - Marian Scorah, Barnsley

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

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