College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Enhancing Assessment and Treatment of Substance Misuse - Level 7

Why choose this course?

This course explores evidence based treatment interventions for clients with substance misuse problems. The course will be delivered by research active academics and experienced practitioners with a strong input from service users. It focuses on:

Substance Misuse Treatment Policy (drugs and alcohol) 

  • Problem alcohol and drug treatment ideological approaches
  • Managerial and organisational approaches to substance misuse treatment policy 
  • The New Drug Strategy: the Recovery model
  • NICE guidelines
  • A Harm Reduction Approach.

Screening and Assessment 

  • Identification of hazardous drinking/dependence (including frequency quantity measures; Drinking profiles)
  • Screening tools (including biological markers)
  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Assessing immediate risks (overdose, suicide, communicable diseases).


  • Access to treatment
  • Diversity and substance misuse treatment and user involvement

Alcohol and Drug Treatment Interventions

  • Natural cessation
  • Brief interventions 
  • Withdrawal states
  • Pharmacological substance misuse treatments 
  • Abstinent based Treatment models (eg 12 step)
  • Relapse prevention
  • CBT​
  • DBT
  • MI
  • BI
  • Mindfulness
  • Holistic and complementary therapies
  • Family Interventions
  • Available Treatment for Club Drugs, GBL dependence and Novel Compounds.

This course is also available at Level 6: Advanced Substance Misuse Treatment Interventions

Entry requirements

Evidence of study at Level 6 (Degree Level).

How will I be assessed?

The assessment for this course is:

  • Essay 100%

How to apply

Choose your preferred start date and location from the options below and click on the 'Apply online' link. We recommend your application is submitted to the University at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

After your application is accepted and you have been offered a place on the course, you will be sent information about how to enrol. You must complete enrolment before your course starts.

Start date Location Important dates Course leader Application link
16 January 2018

Brentford site

Study days (9:30 am - 12:30 pm):

  • 16, 23, 30 January 2018
  • 6, 13, 20, 27 February 2018
  • 6, 13, 2, 27 March 2018
  • 10, 17, 24 April 2018


  • 11 May 2018
Raffaella Milani Apply online

What next?

This can be taken as a standalone module or the credits can be used towards one of our new and exciting courses:

  • PgCert/PgDip/MSc Professional Practice (badged awards available e.g. Substance Misuse, Complex Mental Health Needs)
  • MSc Advanced Practice (Substance Misuse)

Find out more about professional development courses with the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare.