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Drug and Alcohol Counselling

Course Type: Distance Learning
Institute Name: College of Management and IT (CMIT)
Fee: On request
Course Locations: *Nationwide*
Application Deadline: Course Runs Regularly

Course Details

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

Understanding Social use from Substance Abuse, Alcoholism and Addiction

Social Drinking and Drug Abuse

Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Alcohol and Drug Use Management

Information on Drugs imports in the European Union

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


The effects of drugs

The risks associated with drugs

The law relating to 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

Drug Prevention and Awareness

Unit 5: Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Awareness


Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programmes

Unit 6: The Basics of Counselling


What is counselling

Who is a Counsellor

When is a Counsellor not ready to Council

Who needs counselling

Ten Steps to Counselling

Guidelines for good practice and care

Unit 7: Traditional Counselling Styles

What are the different types of Traditional Counselling

What Counselling

Individual Therapy

Couples Therapy

Family Therapy

Group Therapy

Who goes to Counselling

Unit 8: Counselling for Alcohol Problems

What are alcohol problems?

What causes alcohol problems?

Identifying alcohol problems

When a client may seek counselling

The aims of alcohol problems counselling

Treatment strategies

The therapeutic approach to treating alcohol problems

The sessions

Relapse prevention


Unit 9: Counselling for Substance Misuse

What is substance abuse?

What causes substance abuse

Identifying substance abuse

When a client may seek counselling

The aims of substance abuse counselling

Treatment approaches

Tools of the counsellor

The therapeutic process

The sessions

Other considerations for the substance abuse counsellor



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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