Drugs, Solvents and Alcohol Abuse Counselling Level 3

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Being able to work with people who have drug, solvents and alcohol dependencies takes a special approach from a  counsellor. This type of counselling is very serious and it can be incredibly difficult to make a breakthrough with clients. This course covers the requirements of drug counsellors and how to approach substance abusers in order to tackle addiction.


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Course Description

About this Course

Working with people that suffer from addiction can be very challenging for counsellors and this course is perfect to learn the necessary skills that should be employed in this role. The course covers many different counselling types and explains ways of working with people that suffer from addiction in order to rehabilitate and tackle their issues.

Study Time:100 hours
Enrolment length:12 months
Course Format:Online
Entry Requirements:None Specific

Upon completion of this course, students receive an ABC Awards Level 3 certificate and an OLC Diploma. All certification fees are included in your course fees.


To gain the Drugs, Solvents and Alcohol Abuse Counselling Level 3 you will need to submit and pass all of the tutor marked assignments. There are 6 assignments in the course and no need to purchase any textbooks as we provide all of the lessons and materials required to learn the syllabus.

There is no formal exam and the certification fee is included in the course fees.


All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


To pass this course learners must pass 6 assignments. These are completed after navigating through the corresponding lessons and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our courses- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!

Course Content

This course assesses the following units:

Unit 1: Counselling relationships and dependence

  • What is substance misuse and dependence
  • Counselling theories and approaches
  • Approaches to counselling
  • Exploring dependence
  • Why do people become addicted?
  • Counselling ethics

Unit 2: Working with alcohol abusers

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Factors influencing consumption of alcohol
  • Working with alcoholics
  • Approaches to dealing with alcohol misuse
  • Cycle of change model
  • Specific issues with alcohol misusers

Unit 3: Working with substance misusers

  • The effects of substance misuse
  • The brain and central nervous system
  • Drug laws
  • Counselling substance misusers
  • How to tackle substance abuse situations

Unit 4: Person-centred approaches to misuse counselling

  • Carl Rogers
  • Maslows hierarchy of needs
  • Existential approaches
  • Pros and cons of the person-centred approach

Unit 5: Psychodynamic approaches to misuse counselling

  • Psychodynamic approach theory
  • Carl Jung
  • Object relations theory
  • Psychodynamic theory
  • Limitations of the approach

Unit 6: Cognitive approaches to misuse counselling

  • Cognitive approach theory
  • Social learning theory
  • Behaviour and learning reviews
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


The most important tool that all of our students have at their disposal is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with indepth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.

ABC Awards

ABC Awards Certification

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).

ABC Awards QLS scheme

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Oakwood Home Learning 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 the level shown 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 Oakwood Home Learning 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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