Psychology and Therapy of Addictions Certificate
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Psychology and Therapy of Addictions Certificate

Working with alcohol and drugs addictions, professional substance misuse and rehabilitation helper, recovery & abuse
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4.6 (54 ratings)
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Created by Elmira Strange
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Work as a 'helper' who specialises in alcohol- and drug addictions
  • Help someone they know who is struggling with their addiction
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  • Have an interest in helping to people with addictions
  • Internet connection for taking this course

This course 'Psychology & Therapy of Addictions Certificate' is for you if you are a person who is genuinely like to help others and particularly interested in working with people with addictions. 

This course includes:

  • Counselling and therapy for people with addictions
  • Alcoholic parents and their children
  • How to become a 'substance misuse worker'
  • Treatments for drug addiction 
  • Co-dependency and relapse 
  • and much more!

Easy-to-follow lessons, 3-5 min each. You can take them on the way to work on your smartphone or listen to them at home in your spare time. 

Receive Udemy certificate of completion and start working with people who want to recover from addiction. Help them to transform their living!

Work from home, as self-employed, or start your professional career with this course: your new career starts here.

Who is the target audience?
  • A beginner with an interest in 'Addiction therapies' or 'Addiction psychology'
  • No previous academic experience is required, only genuine desire to learn!
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:18

In this video you will find out a bit about your instructor and about the course that you are about to take!

Preview 02:18
Theories of Addiction
4 Lectures 26:32

The Moral Model is a very interesting model in a sense that it was not created by psychologists but rather by the society themselves. Here you will find out where and how it started.

Preview 05:38

The Psychological Model is an important one because it underpins the work of many of today's practitioners. Learn here what the psychological model represents.

Preview 06:38

The Medical / Disease Model is another important model to learn about. Here the 'addiction' is viewed more like a 'disease' rather than some sort of 'psychological disorder'. 

The Medical / Disease Model

The Socio-Cultural Model focuses not on the individual self and his/her addiction, but rather on the society and organisations that can work with 'addiction' on a much higher level than an individual practitioner. 

The Socio-Cultural Model
Addiction Treatments
5 Lectures 24:37

What is 'pharmacotherapy'? Well, it's all to do with the prescribed medicine for alcohol- and drug users! Learn more about it here.


The Minnesota Model is the one that underpins the work of so many of today's rehabilitation centres for drug- and alcohol addicts. Learn about it here.

The Minnesota Model

Counselling and therapy provides essential support and understanding to the person with addiction. Without several sessions of therapy, the addict can quickly relapse!

Counselling and Therapy

'Do no harm'... Do the addicts understand what it means? Can they understand how much harm they are doing towards themselves and their loved ones? 

Harm Reduction Model

Treatments in today's practice vary. It depends on 'who provides them', where they are offered, and so much more.

Treatments in Practice
Addiction in Society
4 Lectures 25:29

Drug- and alcohol related legislation varies from country to country (or even state to state as in the US). Some use a very relaxed approach, whereas others are 'super-strict'. But which approach is better? 

Drug policies, Legislation and Decriminalisation

How communities can help people with addiction? Who organises 'outreach' community-based services for addicts? What is better - 'harm reduction' or a complete 'abstinence'? Learn and reflect! 

Community change, Outreach, Harm Reduction or Abstinence

Alcohol and drug education can be provided in schools or community based centres. How else do we receive education about alcohol- and drug related issues? 

Alcohol and Drug education

When a person with addiction goes to full-time work, he/she might represent many issues to the organisation and to their colleagues. How can organisation deal with this type of issues? Listen to it here. 

Alcohol- and drug related issues in the workplace
Addiction in Families
4 Lectures 22:27

Children of alcoholic parents suffer from many standpoints. Their psychological wellbeing is compromised and the issues can come come up well in their adulthood. What sort of issues? Learn about them here. 

Codependency, Children of alcoholic families, parenting styles, family factors

When a person with addiction relapses again and again, this affects his/her self-esteem and self-motivation. But what about their families? How do they get affected by all this? Learn about it here. 

Relapse for families, 'letting go', dependent attitudes and dependent behaviours

Al-Anon is a world-famous organisation that help families, friends and co-workers of people with addiction. Learn about Al-Anon here. 


The Intervention Approach is the one that is used mainly by employers. Many people don't realised that 'anyone' can call for the interventionist approach as a help for their family member. 

The Intervention Approach
Working with Addiction
4 Lectures 14:39

If you are considering becoming 'a helper', whether this would be a paid position or in a role of volunteer, here you will find out what other roles you could go for, that are related to this profession 

Why be a 'helper'

'Helper' is a challenging but rewarding role. Do you have all what it takes to become 'a helper'?

'Helper' qualities and attitudes

What is 'acceptance'? Here you will find out how to master the skill of 'acceptance', especially when it comes to 'addictions'

The art of 'accepting'

Take the 'final quiz' and test your own knowledge (it's added to this lecture in Word document)! All the answers are below the questions. So don't cheat! :)

Counselling / 'helping' skills
About the Instructor
Elmira Strange
4.5 Average rating
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5,618 Students
17 Courses
Motivational Psychologist, 4000+ students

Hey, my name is Elmira Strange, and I am Motivational Psychologist and Certified Life Coach. I am passionate about working with students who want to become online instructors and coaches.

My previous work involved Research Psychology and Lecturing at University (UK).

The unusual bit: I was born in Northern Kazakhstan (where it's freezing cold in winter -40C), then moved to Russia, then to the United Kingdom.

The interesting bit: I had a life-saving surgery and near-death experience in 2012. The near-death experience made me realise that we are here to share our knowledge, help each other, and enjoy this life.

My interests: Psychology, Motivation

My previous experience: Whilst I was working at University (Wales, UK) as a Senior Researcher and Psychology Lecturer (prior to Udemy), my focus was on 'Researching Stress in Families of Disabled Children' where I had to learn what makes people stressed and unhappy. 

Since 2006 I am working as an 'online entrepreneur' as well: writing blogs and books, and now 'teaching online' which became my true passion. In my Udemy courses I combine my extensive knowledge of 'online entrepreneurship' and my passion for 'Motivational Psychology and Coaching'.