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Learn to Understand Addiction

   ... then Learn to Help People Deal with their Addictions

Addictions can affect anyone: any demographic group, irrespective of class, religion, whether wealthy, poor, old or young.

Addictions come in different guises. Some are easily recognised such as drug and alcohol dependence. Others may be less conspicuous like obsessive shopping or computer gaming. But all addictions ultimately take a toll on the person with the problem and those around them. 

Addictions counselling is a specialised area of counselling which seeks to help those with a range of addictions to regain control of their lives. This short course provides students with insight into the behavioural and physiological nature of addictions, as well as tolerance and withdrawal from substances. It will appeal to those working in the caring professions and those with an interest in this field whether personal or professional.  Different counselling strategies and techniques are discussed and upon completion it is anticipated that students will have a well-rounded understanding of how to help people with addictions.
 

How do our short courses work?

As you progress through each lesson; you will be provided with a range of ways you can expand your learning. By choosing what tasks you do and don't undertake; you can expand in areas that interest you most, and skip areas of less interest.

You won't miss anything important that you need to know about stress management though; so long as you read the notes that are presented alongside these "learn more" suggestions.

At the end of each lesson, you will be given a short interactive test to undertake, which will provide an indication of how your learning is progressing.  Upon completing the very last lesson, you will be offered a more thorough automated test or examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at any time of day or night; and any day of the week; and if you achieve an overall pass; you will be able to obtain a "certificate of completion".

Support along the Way from Experts

You have access to expert tutors through our student help desk all the time you are studying this course. Our school maintains help desks in both of our offices -in Australia and the UK; and has staff on duty five days a week manning phones, online chat and emails. Any questions that you have about what you are studying will be dealt with promptly (usually the same working day, often immediately).

  • If there is something you read or research that you don't understand, ask for help.
  • If you want to learn more about something you encounter through these studies, have a conversation with one of our faculty tutors
  • If you need direction to find more information, ask
  • If you need advice on moving forward with your work, career or studies after the course ask. (Free career and business advice is part of the service provided to all of our graduates).

 

COURSE CONTENT

There are nine lessons in this course, as outlined below.

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

Review what you have been learning

Lesson 3 ADDICTIONS & COMORBIDITY 

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

Review what you have been learning

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

Review what you have been learning

Lesson 5 COUNSELLING THE INDIVIDUAL WITH ALCOHOL RELATED PROBLEMS 

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

Review what you have been learning

Lesson 6 SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE

Caffeine
Cannabis
Hallucinogens
Inhalants
Heroin
Sedatives
Anti Anxiety Drugs
Stimulants
Cocaine
Methamphetamines
Club Drugs eg. Xcstacy, LSD, Rohypnol, PCP, GBH
Tobacco
Review what you have been learning

Lesson 7 COUNSELLING THE INDIVIDUAL WITH SUBSTANCE RELATED PROBLEMS 

Introduction to Treatments
MET (Motivational Enhancement Theory)
Medication
Behavioural Therapy
Residential Treatments
Other Treatments
Cocaine Addiction
Review what you have been learning

Lesson 8 COUNSELLING FOR ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOURS

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

Review what you have been learning

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

FINAL ASSESSMENT

In successful completion of the final assessment you are sent your certificate.

 

SAMPLE PAGES FROM THE COURSE



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