The Drug & Alcohol Counselling - 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.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.


  • 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

The Home Study Courses Include the Following 9 Units:-

  • Unit One - Introduction

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.

  • Unit Two - The A-Z of drugs – effects, risks and the law

The following topics are covered: Introduction; The effects of drugs; The risks associated with drugs; and The law relating to drugs.

  • Unit Three - Alcohol Abuse

The following topics are covered: Introduction; Binge Drinking; The NHS Guidelines; The effect of Alcohol on the Human Body; and Alcohol and Crime.

  • Unit Four - Why People Use Drugs & Alcohol

The following topics are covered: Introduction; Attitudes about drugs; and Drug prevention and awareness.

  • Unit Five - Drug & Alcohol Prevention and Awareness

The following topics are covered: Introduction; and Drug & Alcohol Prevention Programmes in the UK.

  • Unit Six - The Basics of Counselling

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.

  • Unit Seven - Traditional Counselling Styles

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.

  • Unit Eight - Counselling for Alcohol Problems

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.

  • Unit Nine - Counselling for Substance Misuse

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.

Course Duration:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. The home study courses will take approximately 120 hours of study to complete.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Technical Support:

Once you have enrolled, you will have access to your own personal tutor by mail or email. You will receive full tutor support for a 12 month period.


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 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.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

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. 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

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