Diploma in Addiction Counselling


Addiction Counselling is one of the fastest growing counselling services in the UK. This is your opportunity to gain a qualification that will enhance your career and counselling practice.

This Diploma Course will be of specific interest to those working in Healthcare Professions. It will also be relevant to people in social work areas, teachers and those involved in pastoral work.

What you will learn

This Diploma has 2 modules: Module 1, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Course 150)
and Module 2, Certificate in understanding Addiction Counselling (Course 152).

Module 1, (CBT) is based on the premise that our interpretation of an event is crucial in determining how we feel and react. Where beliefs and thought patterns are negative or unrealistic, a variety of problems may occur leading to possible emotional disorders. CBT aims to alleviate emotional distress. CBT has proved to be very effective in treating clients who have addiction issues.

CBT is a series of strategies specifically targeted at an individual’s disorder.
These can include:

cognitive therapy
breathing techniques
interceptive exposure

You are introduced to the ABC Model of counselling. This describes the interaction between the clients’ behaviours, feelings and thoughts.
You are also taught to identify errors in thinking and to challenge damaging beliefs your clients may have. The aim is to enhance your effectiveness as a counsellor by teaching you the skills and the techniques of CBT, through providing case studies, illustrations, practical activities and assignments.

Module 2, Addiction Counselling will cover the following topics:

The nature of addictions.
Drug & alcohol addiction.
Gambling addiction.
Food and spending addiction.
Sexual addiction.
Internet Addiction.
Using CBT to treat addictions.
CBT in action - case studies.
Addiction counselling.
Addiction referral networks and resources.

Further information

Institute of Counselling
Institute of Counselling
12 Months
Course type:
Distance learning

Contact Information

Institute of Counselling

40 St Enoch Square
G1 4DH