Alcohol & Drug Counselling

Level: Professional Development – QLS Level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Alcohol & Drug Counselling to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This course teaches the essentials for understanding alcohol dependency problems, for making an assessment of the individual, for giving appropriate help within one’s own competence and for making decisions on when to make professional referral and when to seek the advice of others.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • Addiction
      • Treatment Philosophy
      • The Problem Drinker
      • Alcoholism
      • Symptoms and Effects
      • Features of Dependence
      • Physical and Psychological Harm
      • Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Lesson Two
    • Problem Drinker or Alcoholic?
      • Definitional Issues
      • Jellinek’s Five Categories of Alcoholism
      • Other Definitions
      • Abuse and Non-abuse
  • Lesson Three
    • Beginning the Counselling Process
      • Understanding Defence Mechanisms
      • Creating a Safe Place
      • Preparing for the Diagnostic Interview
      • Interview Techniques
      • Providing Information
      • Finding Motivational Hooks
  • Lesson Four
    • Creating a Foundation for Treatment 1
      • The Diagnostic Interview
      • The Diagnostic Intake Form
  • Lesson Five
    • Creating a Foundation for Treatment 2
      • The Diagnostic Intake Form (Continued)
  • Lesson Six
    • Creating a Foundation for Treatment 3
    • The Diagnostic Intake Form (Continued)
  • Lesson Seven
    • The Treatment Plan/Four Aspects of Recovery
      • Benefits of Treatment
      • The Treatment Setting
      • Alcoholics Anonymous as a Teacher
      • The Sociocultural Aspect
  • Lesson Eight
    • Four Aspects of Recovery (Continued)
      • The Psychological/Behavioural Aspect
      • The Physical Aspect
      • The Spiritual Aspect
      • Conclusion
  • Lesson Nine
    • Treating the Individual/Three Phases of Recovery
      • Differences among Drinkers
      • Needs in Treatment
      • Establish Sobriety (Phase 1)
  • Lesson Ten
    • Three Phases of Recovery (Continued)
      • Establish Sobriety (Continued)
      • Create an Identity without Alcohol (Phase 2)
      • Look Within (Phase 3)

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.