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Why choose this qualification?
The Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Tackling Substance Misuse is designed for adult practitioners working in the drug and alcohol sector. Practitioners may be employed or acting in a voluntary capacity.
The qualification aims to support the development of recovery orientated workforce, as outlined in the Drug Strategy 2010, Reducing Demand, Restricting Supply, Building Recovery: Supporting People to Live a Drug Free Life, HM Government., HM Government.
Achievement of the qualification will contribute to the professional development needs of:
- specialist drug and alcohol workers
- generic workers who have a substance misuse function within their portfolio of responsibilities, for example social workers, youth workers
- generic workers who have occasional substance misuse functions, for example prison officers, teachers, probation officers
The Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Tackling Substance Misuse is a recognised qualification within the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) Drug and Alcohol Professional Certification scheme.
The qualification was developed in collaboration with experts from Addaction.
Rules of Combination
Learners must achieve 15 credits. 12 Mandatory credits from unit group M and a further 3 Optional credits from unit group O.
Learners must achieve 3 Optional credits at Level 3.
Brief Interventions for Substance Misuse Practitioners
Dual Diagnosis for Substance Misuse Practitioners
Educating Others about Substances and their Effects
Managing Individuals and Teams Working with Substance Users
Managing Substance Misuse Services
Providing Detoxification and Prescribing Services for Substance Users
Providing Harm Minimisation Support to Substance Users
Providing Support and After Care Services for Substance Users
Working with Children and Young People Using Substance Misuse Services
Working with Families using Substance Misuse Services
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is approved to be offered in England only. This Level 3 qualification is designed for adult practitioners working in the drug and alcohol sector in either a paid or voluntary capacity. Learners will develop the professional skills and knowledge to be able to provide appropriate, safe and effective drug interventions and ensure a high standard of service delivery.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
The qualification comprises of 15 credits and requires 105 guided learning hours.
To achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Tackling Substance Misuse learners must achieve 15 credits in total: 12 Mandatory credits at level 3 from unit group M and a further 3 credits at level 3 from optional unit group O.
The qualification consists of two mandatory units covering the principles of tackling substance misuse and the assessment, planning and care for substance misuse
practitioners. Learners will then complete optional units that will be suited to their particular role. These include:
• Dual Diagnosis for Substance Misuse Practitioners;
• Educating Others about Substances and their Effects;
• Brief Interventions for Substance Misuse Practitioners;
• Managing Individuals and Teams Working with Substance Users;
• Managing Substance Misuse Services;
• Providing Detoxification and Prescribing Services for Substance Users;
• Providing Harm Minimisation Support to Substance Users;
• Providing Supp
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
The Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Tackling Substance Abuse is suitable for learners who want a qualification which is suitable for a wide range of roles within the drug and alcohol sector. Gateway Qualifications does offer more generic qualifications within the health and social care sector which may be more suitable if learners do not want to specialise at the moment.
The Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England qualification is suitable if you want to develop your skills and competency within the sector. The Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care provides learners with the knowledge and understanding needed to work in the Adult Social Care Sector.
Alternatively, Gateway Qualifications also offers a range of Access to Higher Education qualifications within Health and Social Care or Nursing if you want to progress to Higher Education in the future.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification improves the employability of the learners who undertake it. If learners are employed within a voluntary position, they may be in a stronger position to gain paid employment upon completion of this qualification.
If learners are already professionals within a related field such as a social worker, teacher or probation officer, they may progress to a role with additional responsibilities within their field of work.
What are the progression options?
Learners may progress to further learning and/or relevant level 4 qualifications e.g.
• City & Guilds Level 4 Award in Working with Substance Misuse
• Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Working with Substance Misuse
• Pearson BTEC Level 4 Award in Working with Substance Misuse
• City & Guilds Level 4 Certificate in Working with Substance Misuse
Progression & entry requirementsLearners must be aged at least 18 years of age. This is a competence based qualification and is linked to the learner’s ability to competently perform a range of tasks in the workplace. Learners will therefore need to be employed, or acting in a voluntary capacity in an environment that includes working with substance users or within substance misuse services. In some circumstances learners may require an appropriate placement or placements with substance misuse organisations or with services addressing the needs of substance users.
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