This qualification is designed for those who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of substance misuse in order to:
•raise awareness of substance misuse and work for prevention
•improve the knowledge, awareness, understanding and effectiveness of those currently working in the field or supporting people involved in substance misuse
This qualification does not lead directly to an employed role. However, the knowledge gained would be useful in a variety of settings, both professional and personal, for example:
• by providing an overview of the subject
•enhancing understanding of those already working therapeutically e.g. counsellors, support workers, key workers
•helping and supporting Parents and carers
The course helps to challenge our own prejudices and responses to people using and misusing substances, and approaches the user behind the substance in a person centred and non-judgemental way thereby respecting the BACP ethical framework and the FDAP code of practice.
The course is ten weeks long and covers the criteria from the candidate learning guide and more. Assessment is the completion of a portfolio, assignment, weekly learning reviews and a short presentation to the group, further guidance will be given during the course, as well as other activities undertaken. It is useful to see each criteria as a short writing task of 500-800 words per week, you will also be required to keep a short reflective journal as you go to help with the assignment and criteria. The class will also give notes so you can complete the written work, the course is level 2 so intends to cover each topic at a basic level, but you might choose to research further in your own time.
The course is not just drug awareness, but aimed to look at how to work with substance users and seeing the person behind the substance. The course fits in with the DANOS qualifications for training towards working with drug and alcohol addiction.
This is a stand-alone qualification. However, progression is available to Level 2 or Level 3 National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in Health & Social Care, and/or level 2 counselling skills qualifications and/or level 3 substance misuse qualifications.