College of Management and IT (CMIT)Drug and Alcohol Counselling

Drug and Alcohol Counselling

On request
Online Courses - Distance Learning
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

Course Details

This programme is designed for people who wish to gain an awareness of drug and alcohol misuse and practice methods of counselling clients who misuse substances. The objectives of the course are to enable learners to: (1) obtain a better understanding about drugs and alcohol misuse, (2) obtain knowledge about the different types of drugs available and their side effects and use, (3) obtain a better understanding why people take drugs, (4) gain a better understanding about why people use Alcohol, (5) find out what treatment is available in your area and how to access it, (6) find out how to set up a drug or alcohol abuse treatment programme in your area, and to (7) understand the principles of drug and alcohol misuse counselling.

Students receive a course manual, assignments and studyguide plus Tutor support. The course documentation for this ABC accredited course is detailed and easy to read. Your Tutor will support you throughout the duration of the course. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that support is available for your course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

Topics Covered in this Course

Unit 1: Introduction

General introduction
Social drinking and drug abuse
Information on drugs imports into Ireland and the European Union

Unit 2: The A-Z of drugs – effects, risks and the law

Drugs and the law
Overview of individual drugs
Unit 3: Alcohol abuse

Binge drinking
The effect of alcohol on the human body
Alcohol and crime

Unit 4: Why people use drugs and alcohol

Attitudes about drugs

Unit 5: Drug and alcohol prevention and awareness

Drug and alcohol prevention programmes in Ireland

Unit 6: The basics of counselling

The role of the counsellor
The basics of counselling
Guidelines for good practice and care

Unit 7: Traditional Counselling Styles

Individual therapy
Couples therapy
Family therapy
Group therapy
Who goes to counselling?

Unit 8:   Counselling for Alcohol problems

Identifying alcohol problems
When a client may seek counselling
Treatment strategies
The sessions

Unit 9:   Counselling for Substance Misuse

Types of illegal drugs
What causes substance abuse?
Identifying substance abuse
When a client may seek counselling
The aims of substance abuse counselling
Treatment approaches
The therapeutic process
The sessions

Who should complete this course?

People considering a career in Counselling.

Parents, Teachers and Youth workers.

People who wish to gain an introductory qualification in Drug and Alcohol Counselling and wish to study at their own pace, and in their own time.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites



This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments. There is no exam with this course.

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