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Drugs & Alcohol Counselling at QLS Level 3

Drugs & Alcohol Counselling at QLS Level 3
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This course is available in Paper format.

This Drug and Alcohol Counselling course is designed for people who wish to gain an awareness of drug and alcohol misuse, and learn about the range of methods for counselling clients who misuse substances.


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Drugs & Alcohol Counselling at QLS Level 3

Course code: CNL01

Delivery method: Paper Based

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 3


Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: The A-Z of drugs, effects, risks and the law
Unit 3: Alcohol Abuse
Unit 4: Why People use Drugs & Alcohol
Unit 5: Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Awareness
Unit 6: The Basics of Counselling
Unit 7: Traditional Counselling Styles
Unit 8: Counselling for Alcohol Problems
Unit 9: Counselling for Substance Misuse


Unit 1:       Introduction

  • General introduction
  • Understanding social use
  • Social Drinking and Drug Abuse
  • Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
  • Alcohol and Drug Use Management
  • Drugs imported into the UK and the rest of the European Union

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

  • Introduction
  • The effects of drugs
  • The risks associated with drugs
  • The law relating to drugs

Unit 3: Alcohol Abuse

  • Introduction
  • Binge Drinking
  • The NHS Guidelines.
  • The effect of Alcohol on the body
  • Alcohol and Crime

Unit 4: Why people use Drugs and Alcohol

  • Introduction
  • Attitudes about drugs
  • Drug Prevention and Awareness

Unit 5: Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Awareness

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programmes in the UK

Unit 6: The Basics of Counselling

  • What is counselling?
  • Who is a counsellor?
  • When is a counsellor not ready to counsel?
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Conclusion

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

Course Endorsement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a 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 course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd 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 Ltd 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.

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.

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

Method of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.


Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

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

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.