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BA in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies

BA in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies

Overview

Help to improve addiction services and support those who are striving towards recovery

 This programme meets the new national standards for Counselling and Psychotherapy and combines a range of comprehensive theory and practical skills development.

Why Study Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies at Griffith College?

The BA in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies is delivered by the Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and is available on both a full or part-time basis over a three-year period. The course is aimed at those interested in developing the skills required by the National Strategy to help improve addiction services and support those who are striving towards recovery.

  • Students will gain a firm understanding of addiction and its affects on society, and develop practical counselling techniques to deal with situations.
  • Students will learn key life skills including the value of respect and genuineness and listening and understanding communication.
  • Students will benefit from enhanced future employment prospects owing to the Government's decision to proceed with statutory regulation of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Blended learning techniques allow the learner to access certain classes via on-line facilities.
  • Graduates have the option to progress to our BA (Hons) in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies

Intake Dates

This course commences September, 2019 (date TBC).

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Course details

The B.A in Counselling Skills & Addiction Studies

The B.A in Counselling Skills & Addiction Studies (NFQ level 7) is delivered by the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) at Griffith College Dublin, http://ichas.ie and is available on a part-time basis over a three year period. This course is highly interactive and a leading academically based professional programme for those wishing to develop the skills and expertise necessary to become competent practicing counsellors in the area of addiction studies.

Addiction affects all areas of our society at all levels and its effects on individuals, families and society, in general, can be devastating. Trained professionals are required as part of the National Strategy to help improve addiction services and support those who are striving towards recovery. The decision by Government to proceed with statutory regulation of counselling and psychotherapy will enhance future employment prospects for graduates.

The programme is taught using a combination of classroom based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities. In certain modules, attendance may be a requirement.

  • Students will gain practical experience in all aspects of counselling which can later be applied both personally and professionally
  • Students will learn key life skills including the value of respect and genuineness, listening and understanding communication
  • Blended learning techniques allow the learner to access certain classes via on-line facilities
  • Small class sizes ensure that you get the one-on-one attention needed to perfect your counselling skills
  • Graduates have the option to progress to our BA (Hons level 8) in Counselling and Psychotherapy or BA. Hons Counselling & Addiction Studies.

It is expected that the minimum educational entry requirements for counselling will be set at Honours Degree Level 8 NFQ and that entry to the practice of Psychotherapy will require a minimum qualification level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Subjects
Year One
  • Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills & Practices 1
  • Theoretical Perspectives in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Human Development
  • Research and Inquiry for Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Theoretical Perspective in Therapeutic Engagement in Practice
  • Ethics & Professional Issues
  • The Mental Health Continuum
  • Introduction to Personal Development
Year Two
  • Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills & Practices 2
  • Group Facilitation
  • Cultural Issues in Professional Practice
  • Theory of Psychological & Psychometric Assessment
  • Simulated Experiential Learning
  • Theoretical Aspects of Addiction
  • Bio-Physiological Aspects of Addiction
  • Personal Development & Self Care Practices
Year Three
  • Elective/Independent Study Module
  • Bereavement, Loss & Grief
  • Application of Psychological & Psychometric Assessment
  • Preventition & Health Promotion Approaches in Addiction
  • Family & Systems Theory
  • Intervention Modalities in Addiction
  • Theory/Practice Integration (work placement 100 hours)
  • Facilitating Personal Development

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.

Timetables

BA in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies

This course is scheduled to commence in September 2019 (date TBC) in Griffith College Dublin. Contact [email protected] for further details on course details and dates.

Students considering the BA in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies can take this course on a part-time basis. The course will commence in September. The course is delivered over 3 years and each year has two twelve week semesters, September to December and January to April.

Part-time option

The part-time fees programme runs 1 evening per week (6.00pm to 10.00pm) and Saturdays (9.30am to 4.30pm) over the 2 semesters September to December and January to April.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

To join the BA in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies, applicants must meet the following requirements;

  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Complete and submit the completed application form and provide all requested information.
  • For non-CAO, complete an interview process, which is designed to explore your reasons for taking the programme and to ensure that it is suitable for your needs. ICHAS is committed to ensuring that the programme you are on is right for you.
  • Complete the Garda vetting procedure.
  • English language proficiency certificates (e.g. IELTS of 6 or equivalent) if applicable. Please see http://ichas.ie/prospective-students/international-applicants/

How to Apply

If you are under 23 years of age and applying for the full-time programme you have to apply through the CAO website on www.cao.ie. Normally this requires applicants to have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate programme and to have obtained a minimum of 250 points. A minimum grade of D1 in English is stipulated.

Directly to Griffith College Short Courses Department

Fees

Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 3,750.00 plus 2% Learner Protection Charge

The fees for the B.A. in Counselling Skills & Addiction Studies are €3,750 p/a including Academic Administration fees. Students can pay in instalments and all fees are fully protected under our Protection of Enrolled Learners’ Policy.

Progression

Academic Progression

Graduates of the B.A. in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies will be eligible to progress to the BA (Hons) in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies, which can be completed in 1 year.

Career Progression

Graduates of the B.A. in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies will have a good basis for professional progression in the counselling sector while they will have developed key life skills that can be applied freely to other professions.

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