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Addiction Counselling 20 Hours Certificate Course


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Addiction Counselling 20 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £99.00Course Code: WEC002
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Addiction Counselling 20 Hours Certificate Course

There are many forms of addiction, including well documented afflictions such as alcohol, cigarettes and drug dependency, plus others like obsessive computer gaming and shopping. Addiction comes in many guises, affects people from all walks of life and so causes mental health issues such as depression, to the person involved and family and friends around them. With normally a long waiting list for free counselling services, this course will help those living with a sufferer of addiction, to take some control of the situation themselves.

Addiction Counselling will give you a good grounding in the various types of addictions, their effects and counselling techniques to help addicts, plus friends and families of addicts, to understand their condition better. Helping others to understand the addictive process is an important step in a person overcoming addiction, so the benefits of completing this short course should not be undervalued.

By the end of the course, you will have learned about behavioural and physiological nature of addiction, plus tolerance and substance withdrawal. It will benefit you if you are a counsellor, psychotherapist, care worker, social worker, prison officer, teacher, parent, or anybody who comes across addiction in their personal or professional life. 

Addiction Counseling also discusses a variety of strategies and techniques in dealing with addictive behaviour and so we anticipate you will have gained the skills to help people with addictions, on completion.


Lesson Structure: Addiction Counselling WEC002

Lesson 1 Drug and Addiction Counselling

  • Neurotransmitters and Neurons
  • The Reward System
  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal
  • Dependence
  • Substance Abuse
  • Review what you have been learning

Lesson 2 Types of Addiction

  • Biological Influences
  • Psychological Influences
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Caffeine
  • Behavioural Addictions

Lesson 3 Addictions and Comorbidity

  • Social Anxiety
  • Negative Reinforcement
  • Personality Issues
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff’s Syndrome
  • Cognitive Deficits
  • Alcoholic Hallucinosis
  • Suicide Risk
  • Cannabis Use
  • Other Substances

Lesson 4 Alcohol Use and Dependence

  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Driving
  • How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your Bloodstream?
  • Machinery/Accidents at Work
  • Hospitalisations
  • Relationships
  • Crimes
  • Physical Health
  • Mortality

Lesson 5 Counselling Individuals With Alcohol Related Issues

  • Assessing the Drinker
  • Drinking History
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Drinking Diary
  • Hazardous Drinking
  • Higher Risk or Harmful Drinking
  • Dependent Drinking
  • Topirimate
  • Baclofen
  • Naltrexone
  • Disulfiram (more commonly known as Antabuse)
  • Campral
  • Ondansetron (Zofran)
  • Chantix
  • Gabapentin
  • Extended Brief Intervention
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Work
  • Multicultural Differences

Lesson 6 Substance Abuse and Dependence

Lesson 7 Counselling Individuals With Substance Related Issues

Lesson 8 Counselling For Addictive Behaviours

  • National Problem Gambling Clinics (UK)
  • Gamblers Anonymous
  • Gamcare (UK)
  • Shopping Addiction/Omniomania

Lesson 9 The Healthcare Team Support Networks and Specific Groups

  • Doctor
  • Drugs Keyworker
  • Government, Charity and Private Treatments
  • Outreach services
  • ECT – Electro Convulsive Therapy
  • Family Support
  • Review what you have been learning


Course Assessment - Addiction Counselling WEC002

This course is completed entirely online, including lessons, self-assessment tests, plus obtaining your certificate at the end, which is immediately downloadable after successful completion. Please note that there is no tutor support, as it is not required. The assessment breakdown is as follows:

  1. Study lesson 1.
  2. When you are ready, take the self-assessment test. Retake until you reach the required level of learning.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the following lessons.
  4. Take the final assessment.
  5. Download your certificate of completion, with your name on it.

Now you are ready to stand out at a job interview, or put your newly acquired knowledge to use straightaway.


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