Course Details

Full Course Name:
Diploma in Addiction Studies

Course Dates

Next Course Commencing:
30 January 2020
Duration:
10 weeks one evening per week

Course Award

Award:
City Colleges Diploma
NFQ:
Not Applicable

Course Fee

Classroom:
€995 (€1,095 in instalments)
Online:
€895 (€995 in instalments)
Non EU:
Call +353 1 4160034

Get a comprehensive overview of current thinking and practice in the area of addictive behaviours and substance use/abuse.

CPD Credits
9 CPD credits for members of the Psychological Society of Ireland

Course Overview

The course in addiction studies gives a comprehensive overview of current thinking and practice in the area of addictive behaviours and substance use/abuse. It focuses on the historical evolution of the various conceptualisations of addiction, the underlying causes attributed to the development and maintenance of addictive behaviours, models for understanding patterns of addiction and the treatments of addiction associated with those models. It further addresses the impact of addictive behaviours on society in terms of health, culture and criminality, paying particular attention to the Irish context.

The course would be of interest to practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines (Psychology, Social Care, etc.) who may wish to deepen their knowledge of current thinking in addiction studies, to those who may be considering future study in the area of addictive behaviours and wish to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the area, and indeed, anyone who wishes to learn more about this pervasive and disabling condition.

Course Content and Delivery

Week 1: Meaning and Nature. Multiple conceptions of addiction in current practice, reflecting more than substance-related issues. Addiction and Psychiatry

Week 2:  Current neuro-biological, psychological, sociological and cultural understanding of the causes of addiction. Overview of different theoretical positions in conceptualising addiction (i.e. Medical, Religious, Psychological etc.)

Week 3: Focus on disease models of addiction

Week 4: Understanding addiction from a psychoanalytic perspective

Week 5: The bio-psycho-social model

Week 6: Overview of treatments of addiction: Psychotherapeutic, Pharmacological, etc

Week 7: Focus on conditioning models of treatment: Behaviourism, contingency management; cognitive-behavioural models of treatment: Self –regulation, relapse prevention; Emotion-regulation and mindfulness-based models of treatment

Week 8: Stages of change in the treatment of Addiction

Week 9: Addictive behaviours from the perspective of family systems theory

Week 10: Impact of addictive behaviours on society: health, culture and criminality – the Irish context

The details given above are the latest example of the curriculum available on this  programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Timetables

10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

How you will be assessed

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.

Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. If completing the course online, attendance and participation is tracked through Moodle.

The assignment/project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

Fees

Classroom Based

€995

Paying the course fee in instalments

€1,095

Online

€895

Paying the course fee in instalments

€995

Non EU Students

Call +353 1 4160034

Reasons to Choose City Colleges

  • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
  • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
  • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
  • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
  • Study rooms and library in our City Centre location
  • Limited class size
  • Parking

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Diploma in Addiction Studies (Classroom)

Classroom Diploma in Addiction Studies

thursday

Dr. Aoife Quinn

€995

Diploma in Addiction Studies (Online)

Online Diploma in Addiction Studies

thursday

Dr. Aoife Quinn

€895