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The Advanced Certificate in Drug and Addiction Support gives you comprehensive, thorough understanding on how substance abuse affects our behaviour and society, major theories, and best practices in supporting the addict.

You will also learn how to work effectively with clients suffering from complex addiction issues. Upon completion of all the course modules, you can confidently build a meaningful and impactful career in which you help people access essential services (counselling, healthcare, education etc.) to recover from drug addiction.

Course Details

Study Duration:

This Drug and Addiction Support online course takes approximately 300 hours to complete, but you have full access for 12 months to suit your self-paced learning.

Study Method:

100% Online

Start Date:

Enrol whenever you see fit.

Fees & Charges:

Course fee: $2600 + GST
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Core Modules
  • Introduction
    • Scope and nature of drugs; legal and illegal
    • Amphetamine
    • Cocaine
    • Crack
    • LSD
    • Ritalin
    • Steroids
    • How heroin is used
    • Medical consequences of chronic heroin abuse
    • Names used for heroin
  • Effects of drugs on the individual and society
    • Community acceptance
    • Terminology
    • Why people use drugs
    • Addiction; how drugs work in the brain
    • Central nervous system
    • Physiological and psychological effects of drugs
    • Alcohol effects
    • Sedative effects
    • Stimulant effects
    • Hallucinogenics
    • Psychological effects of drugs
  • Legally restricted drugs: Stimulants and narcotics
    • Stimulants
    • Symptoms of abuse
    • How cocaine is abused
    • How does cocaine effect the brain
    • What adverse effects does cocaine have on health
    • Added danger; coca ethylene
    • Treatment options
    • Scope of cocaine abuse
    • Narcotics
    • Abuse symptoms
    • Forms and dangers
    • Designer drugs
    • Ecstasy pill
  • Legally restricted drugs: Hallucinogens and marijuana
    • Effects of hallucinogens
    • Symptoms of abuse
    • LSD
    • Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder
    • Marijuana
    • Effects of marijuana on the brain
    • Symptoms of abuse, forms of marijuana and dangers
    • Phencyclidine (PCP)
    • Symptoms of abuse, forms of PCP and dangers
    • Legally restricted drugs: Steroids
    • Steroids
    • Symptoms of abuse, forms of steroids and dangers
  • Legal drugs: Alcohol
    • Symptoms of abuse and dangers with alcohol
    • Alcoholism
    • Staying in control with alcohol
    • Alcohol amnestic syndrome (Korsakoff’s syndrome)
    • Treating Korsakoff’s syndrome)
    • Alcohol and the developing brain
  • Legal drugs: Tobacco, caffeine and solvents
    • Nicotine addiction
    • Effects of nicotine on the circulatory system
    • Caffeine
    • Caffeine addiction
    • Solvents (volatile solvent abuse): symptoms and dangers
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
    • Prescription drugs (Over the counter or OTC)
    • Groups of prescription drugs
    • Misuse of OTC drugs
    • Opioids
    • Treatments for opioid addiction
    • CNS depressants
    • Stimulants
    • Stimulant abuse and treatment for stimulant addiction
  • Sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs
    • Anti anxiety drugs
    • Barbiturates
    • Benzodiazepines
    • Depressants
    • Rohypnol
  • Prescription drugs for schizophrenia and affective disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Onset of schizophrenia
    • Symptoms of schizophrenia
    • Treatment for schizophrenia
    • Anti-psychotic drugs
    • Patient support system
    • Depression
    • Depressive disorders
    • Type of depression
    • Unipolar disorder
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Causes of depression
    • Anti-depressants
  • Treatment and preventative education
    • Drug addiction behavioural and psychosocial treatments for drug addiction
    • Treatments for heroin addiction
    • Behavioural therapies for heroin addiction
    • Detoxification
  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy l – Freud, Erikson, Jung
    • Value and relevance of psychotherapy
    • Emergence of psychoanalytical theory
    • Principles of psychoanalytical theory
    • Elements of the personality
    • The notion of conscious and unconscious
    • Anxiety and psychoanalysis
    • Inbuilt psychological coping and damage repair mechanisms
    • Defence mechanisms
    • Freud’s psycho-sexual theory and Erikson’s psychosocial theory
    • Jung’s perspective on personality
    • Archetypes
    • Recent developments in psychoanalytical theory
    • Goals of psychoanalytical approach
    • Psychoanalytic techniques
    • Analytic framework
    • Free associations
    • Interpretation
    • Dream analysis
    • Resistance
    • Transference
    • Psychoanalytic approach and counselling
    • Personality disorders
    • Critique for psychoanalytic theory
  • Psychoanalytical psychotherapy ll – Adler
    • Alfred Adler
    • Adler’s key concepts
    • Inferiority vs superiority
    • What makes people self-interested
    • Social interest and community feeling
    • Individual psychology
    • Psychological types: ruling type, leaning type, avoiding type
    • Sibling relationships
    • Only child
    • First child, second child, youngest child
    • Use of Adlerian theory
    • Applications to counselling
    • Freud and Adler
    • Critique
  • Humanistic/Existential approaches I – Gestalt Therapy; Fritz Perls
    • Introduction
    • Human nature
    • Holistic approach
    • Field theory
    • Figure-formation process
    • Organismic self-regulation
    • Focus on the present
    • Resolving dilemmas
    • Personal maturity
    • The effect of contact
    • Effect of energy
    • The experiment
    • Confrontation
    • Gestalt techniques: Internal dialogue, reversal, rehearsal, exaggeration, dream work, etc.
    • Critique
  • Humanistic/Existential approaches II – Person-Centred Counselling; Carl Rogers
    • Humanistic therapy
    • Principles of person centred approach
    • Personal attitude of the counsellor
    • Goals of therapy
    • Assessment techniques
    • Areas of application
    • Critique
  • Rational behavioural therapy – Albert Ellis
    • Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT
    • Ellis’s view of human nature
    • Personality theory
    • Goals and techniques of therapy
    • Therapeutic techniques
    • Cognitive techniques
    • Emotive techniques
    • Use of REBT
    • Critique
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy – Aaron Beck
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and REBT
    • Premises of CBT
    • Cognitive distortions
    • Use of cognitive therapy
    • Family therapy
    • Modifications to CBT
    • Stress inoculation training program (SIT)
    • Stages of SIT
    • Constructivist modification
  • Behavioural therapy
    • Contemporary behavioural therapy
    • Behavioural approach
    • Goals and techniques
    • Goals of therapy
    • Use of behaviour therapy
    • Basic ID
    • Critique
  • Solution-focused counselling
    • Introduction
    • Strategies in solution focused counselling
    • Engaging the client
    • Constructing pathways for change
    • Generating creative solutions
    • Critique
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Career Opportunities

After successful completion of this course, your career prospects include various fields:

  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Health professions
  • Caring roles
  • Teaching
  • Research

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