Drug & Alcohol Counselling - QLS Level 3 Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials (With Optional Online Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 120 Hours (Self-Study)
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Course Description

The Drug & Alcohol Counselling - QLS Level 3 Course is designed for students who wish to gain an awareness of drug & alcohol misuse and practice methods of counselling clients who misuse substances.

The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home. Students receive a course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by mail and email. You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of registration.

Course Objectives:

  • Obtain a better understanding about drugs and alcohol misuse.
  • Obtain knowledge about the different types of drugs available and their side effects and use.
  • Obtain a better understanding why people take drugs.
  • Obtain a better understanding about why people use Alcohol.
  • Find out what treatment is available in your area and how to access it.
  • Find out how to set up a drug or alcohol abuse treatment programme in your area.
  • Understand the principles of drug and alcohol misuse counselling

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Drug & Alcohol Counselling - QLS Level 3 Course includes the following units:
The following topics are covered: 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; and Information on Drugs imports into the UK and the European Union.
The following topics are covered: Introduction; The effects of drugs; The risks associated with drugs; and The law relating to drugs.
The following topics are covered: Introduction; Binge Drinking; The NHS Guidelines; The effect of Alcohol on the Human Body; and Alcohol and Crime.
The following topics are covered: Introduction; Attitudes about drugs; and Drug prevention and awareness.
The following topics are covered: Introduction; and Drug & Alcohol Prevention Programmes in the UK.
The following topics are covered: Introduction; 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.
The following topics are covered: What are the different types of Traditional Counselling; What Counselling; Individual Therapy; Couples Therapy; Family Therapy; Group Therapy; and Who goes to Counselling.
The following topics are covered: 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; and Conclusion.
The following topics are covered: 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; and Conclusion.
ACCPH Membership

ACCPHDistance Learning Centre has completed an accreditation evaluation and finished satisfactory evidence of both theoretical knowledge and assessment rigor to be granted Organisational Member with Accredited Centre status with ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists).

ACCPH is an independent professional body and register for counsellors, coaches, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists. They offer membership options for students who have completed studies by blended and home distance learning providing they are of a specific nationally recognised standard. They can also assist with Insurance for members.

You can find out more information about ACCPH membership and pricing from their website: http://www.accph.org.uk/.

Prerequistes

There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Assessment

You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

QLS Course Endorsement

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing 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 3 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 Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme 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.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

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

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