Substance Misuse: Interventions and Treatments (NU4078) Short Course

Substance Misuse: Interventions and Treatments (NU4078) Short Course
This module allows students to evaluate the efficacy of interventions and decide which approaches work best with their client groups. It makes use of the latest research in informing students’ understanding of the topic.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part-time: weekly 3 hour lecture over 10 weeks, plus self-directed study time required to complete assessment.

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

May 2018 (bespoke options for group bookings available)

Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at anyone with a professional interest in the topic, who would like to develop an evidence based understanding of best practice in intervening and treating substance misuse.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the continuum of substance use from recreational use to dependence. It will examine major treatment approaches within the context of their theoretical underpinnings, and allow students to evaluate the efficacy of approaches with respect to diverse client groups. It will make consistent use of up to date research in informing students’ understanding of the topic.

The module covers topics including:

  • The biopsychosocial model and its application to understanding of substance misuse
  • Abstinence, recovery, harm reduction and their relationship to treatment approaches
  • Treatment approaches: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person Centred Approach, 12 step model, the change cycle, pharmacological interventions
  • Self-help/mutual aid and support
  • Theoretical underpinnings of treatment approaches

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Oral examination (40%) and essay (60%)

Academic Expertise

Paul Reid, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Critically analyse the range of factors associated with the development of substance dependence
  • Compare major approaches to interventions and treatments for substance misuse and their theoretical underpinnings
  • Decide on the applicability of intervention and treatment options to the needs of specific client groups
  • Analyse the implications of harm reduction and recovery models for the formulation of intervention and treatment approaches
  • Reflect on application of knowledge gained to current or future employment.

Industry links & professional accreditation

The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.


Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Substance Misuse.

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

Fees 2018/19: £725 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361