Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Alcohol & Drug Studies)
Help people impacted by alcohol and other drugs
Explore a range of substances and treatments in this vital area of counselling. Work on the essentials like assessment and interviewing. This part-time online counselling course introduces fundamental theories and key professional skills.
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What you'll learn
Study UniSQ’s Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Alcohol and Drug Studies) and enhance your understanding and skills in assessment for substance misuse, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and psychoactive drugs.
- Demonstrate understanding of theories and models fundamental to fields associated with counselling
- Demonstrate advanced interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
- Demonstrate ability to apply critical reasoning, judgment and problem solving to a range of professional, legal, and ethical practice issues
- Integrate theory and practice to develop counselling interventions and administer holistic assessment for clients impacted by alcohol and drugs.
As a graduate, you will be equipped to provide specialised skills in assessment and treatment of substance misuse disorders, relevant to your practice specialisation.
Completion of an Australian university three-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in any area.
English Proficiency Requirements
All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. For entry to the Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Alcohol and Drug Studies) program, applicants are required to meet the Category 3 English Language Proficiency requirements.
Credit for previous study or work
Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.
Are you a health professional looking to acquire practical skills that will help you counsel people struggling with substance misuse? Specialise your counselling skills in alcohol and drug misuse with UniSQ’s Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Alcohol and Drug Studies). Your studies will enhance your understanding and skills in assessment for substance misuse, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and psychoactive drugs. At UniSQ, our online counselling degree is designed to enhance your career within the health, psychology or human services profession. Offered part-time, this degree can alternatively be a professional development opportunity for psychologists, counsellors, and social workers.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
Year 1 - Semester 1
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs
COU8014 Relapse Prevention
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing
Completion of four (4) units as outlined in the Recommended Study Pattern section.
Choose your subjects
- Alcohol and Drug Studies
- Child, Youth and Family Therapy
- Foundations of Practice
- Mental Health Counselling