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Access to HE Diploma: Practitioner in Substance Misuse

Mapped to Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards (DANOS), formally recognised by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) – 1 year course

4th of September 2017 (09:30 – 16:30)

About the Course

» Combines placement practice with classroom teaching. Mapped to DANOS, it aims to provide students with a broad, evidence-based framework within which to develop their practice as skilled, creative and competent drug and alcohol practitioners.

» A large team of highly qualified tutors has been assembled, with the aim of providing a varied and thorough grounding in all issues pertinent to drug/alcohol problems. Our tutors include doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, counsellors and psychologists.

» We are in a position to offer a number of full-time and part-time work placements. Students can also arrange their own placement at their own place of work, or alternative agency.

» A particular emphasis is given to exploring the nature of resistance and methods of facilitating change. The formal teaching component includes the complete practitioner’s basic training course in Motivational Interviewing.

» All students will be provided with a comprehensive support structure, including a personal tutor, as well as clinical and group supervision

Course Content

The course includes 11 core subject units covering all main areas relevant to the practice of substance misuse work:

» Professional ethics and supervision

» Drug and alcohol awareness, detox /stabilisation and related medical and psychological problems

» Case management

» Assessment, treatment planning and treatment options

» Individual counselling skills

» Resistance and change—An introduction to motivational psychology

» Motivational Interviewing practice

» Placement observation

» Placement practice

» Group-Work Skills—interpersonal and psycho-educational

» ICT Skills

Who Can Apply

» Suitable for anyone interested in working with people with drug and alcohol problems

» Highly suitable for those already working in the field, using current employment as placement experience

» All applicants must be 18 years or above

» All applicants must be 2 years free of problematic alcohol or substance use

» All applicants must have completed basic counselling skills training prior to entry on this course. The CPCAB qualification ‘Introduction to Counselling Skills’ is also available from Broadreach House Training.

Course Summary

» The course lasts for one year

» 44 days formal tuition will take place at Ocean Quay

» One day per week(Tuesday), although there are 3 blocks of 3 days and 1 block of 2 days induction

» Placements must provide a minimum of 150 hours supervised practice (during the course)

» £300 deposit secures placement for the year, 1 month in advance

» Course fees £3300, installment plan available – funding available through 24+ Advanced Learning Loans

» Course accredited by Ascentis

Download Application Form Here

For further information including course curriculum, contact:

Hayley Cook
Broadreach House, Unit 2. Ocean Quay,
Richmond Walk, Plymouth, PL1 4LL
Tel: 01752 566211


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