BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies

addiction counselling courses
Type
Short Course / Undergraduate
Duration
4 Years
Validated by
BACAH: BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies
Mode
Part-Time
Campus
Dublin
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Course Overview

BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies is delivered by the Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and is available on a part-time basis.

The course is highly interactive and it has been designed specifically for those who want to become competent professional practitioners in counselling and addiction-related areas.

This course has been designed for individuals who wish to become competent professional practitioners in counselling related fields with a specific focus on addiction studies. The syllabus covers a diverse combination of theory and competence development. It centre’s on areas such as understanding mental health, the theoretical evolution of addiction, substance and non-substance addictions, addiction intervention and recovery approaches.

It is taught using a combination of classroom-based and skill-based learning that allows the learner to avail of blended learning to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance while equipping the learner with the confidence, skills, and competencies to work in the addiction area of Counselling & Psychotherapy. While much of the course can be accessed online, in certain modules, mainly Skills Based, attendance is a mandatory requirement.

Having a student-centred approach that offers mentoring and placement support is a cornerstone of this course. Therefore, during work-based learning, each student will be required to undertake 200 hours of Direct client work under strict Clinical Supervision arrangements.

 

All students are supported with Personal Development Modules in the early stages of the Programme and are required to engage in a minimum of 50 Hours of Personal Psychotherapeutic Experience (or equivalent) across the programme. PPE may commence from the Second Semester of Stage 2 of the programme and will continue until Programme Completion. In certain modules (mainly Skills Based) attendance is a mandatory requirement.

Why Study Counselling and Addiction Studies at Griffith College?

The BA (Hons) in Counselling and Addiction Studies has many features that make it one of the leading programmes of this type in Ireland.

Dublin Main Campus Intake Dates

The next intake for this course will be:

  • September 2023*

*subject to sufficient numbers

Please see the timetable section for course dates.

Course Details

BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies

BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies (NFQ level 8) 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 or full-time basis over a four 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 practising 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

Year 1 Modules

The aim of this module is to support students in their transition to becoming independent learners in higher education by enabling them to develop learning skills and strategies essential for success at this level.

The aim of this module is to introduce a range of theories central to counselling and psychotherapy placing them in their social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts.

The aim of this subject is to teach students the attributes and foundation skills necessary to work and understand their role in areas of practice such as Counselling & Psychotherapy.

To provide students with the opportunity to learn the skills, knowledge and attitude to manage the range of issues that are associated with group facilitation within the counselling/psychotherapeutic fields. 

The aim of this module is to is to support learners to achieve an understanding of a range of theories of human development and to consider their application in counselling and psychotherapy contexts.

The aim of this subject is to teach students the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand the role of ethics in areas of professional practice such as Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The aim of this module is to teach students the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand the theoretical basis for normal and abnormal behavioral, cognitive and emotive responses as related to areas of professional practice such as Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The aim of this module is to teach students the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand the concept and practice of Personal Development in counselling and psychotherapeutic activities. In addition, it will introduce students to the importance of knowing themselves and the appropriate use of self within the interpersonal and therapeutic process.

Year 2 Modules

The aim of this module is to is to teach students the key evidence-based practice skills and interventions necessary to facilitate understanding and provide the basis for effective work with clients across the main theoretical approaches within Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to raise awareness of the beliefs and values of the learner’s own culture and the impact of cultural beliefs and values in practice settings. It will emphasize the importance of sharing and increasing cultural knowledge as a means of challenging ethnocentricity and inter- cultural discrimination. 

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the concept of Case Formulation in areas of practice using Psychotherapeutic paradigms. Within the learning environment students will critically appraise the concept of formulation within psychotherapeutic traditions and compare the similarities and distinctions with more traditional medicalized diagnoses. Learners will focus on the theoretical distinctions between both approaches and examine the contribution of formulation to treatment planning and evaluation.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand the theoretical basis for the use of Psychological & Psychometric Assessment in areas of professional practice. 

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand Group Process in Counselling & Psychotherapy. 

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of Addiction. Learners will focus on theoretical explanations, epidemiological considerations as well as personal and familial consequences, over the period of the Module and will be required to appraise the evidence base for a range of explanatory theories.

The aim of the module is to facilitate students to explore and critically evaluate the concept of non-substance related addictions. Learners will focus on the theoretical evidence for non-substance use related disorders being categorized as addictions.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand the concept and practice of Personal Development and Self Caring Practices in counselling and psychotherapeutic activities. 

Year 3 Modules

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to engage with Research in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The aim of the module is to facilitate students to acquire the knowledge necessary to comprehend the principles of the key psychosocial intervention approaches in addiction practice. Learners will be required to appraise the evidence base for a range of treatment approaches.

The aim of this module is to enable students to achieve an understanding of the manifestations of mood, stress and emotional disorders and to support students develop the attributes and skills necessary to work in the care and management of clients who present with stress, emotional and mood disturbance in areas of practice such as Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The aim of this module is to introduce students to family systems theory and its application in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice.

The aim of this subject is to provide students with an opportunity to integrate the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for the competent practice of counselling/psychotherapy. This experiential learning is undertaken at ‘Novice’ level of practice and is workplace based.

The aim of the module is to facilitate students to explore and critically evaluate the concept of non-substance related addictions. Learners will focus on the theoretical evidence for non-substance use related disorders being categorized as addictions.

The aim of this module is to offer an experientially orientation introduction to personal psychotherapeutic experience. This module will enable learner’s develop personal insight and self-knowledge through their personal participation in psychotherapeutic processes. Students will also, through their participation as an individual and/or as a group member in such engagements, learn directly to appreciate the diversity of a client’s experience in personal therapy.

The aim of this module is to enable students to achieve an understanding an understanding of the importance of mental illness and disorder in the context of psychotherapeutic activities.  

Year 4 Modules

The primary aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of ACE Awareness and Trauma Informed Practice and examine this approach as a response to addressing the impact of early trauma, toxic stress and attachment disruption when working with individuals in addiction contexts.

The aim of this module is to is to support learners to engage with contemporary discourses relating to the latest developments in the counselling and psychotherapy fields of practice nationally and internationally.

The aim of the module is to facilitate students to acquire the knowledge necessary to identify, work with and refer clients on for appropriate treatment of biological and physiological disorders related to alcohol and other drug use. Learners will be required to appraise the evidence base for a range of explanatory theories.

The aim of this subject is to provide students with an opportunity to integrate the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for the competent practice of counselling/psychotherapy. This experiential learning is undertaken at ‘advanced beginner’ level of practice and is workplace based using an approved supportive structure.

The aim of this module is to act as a Capstone Module which will help the student integrate the theoretical and practice-based learning achieved across the programme. It will emphasise the importance of the integration of evidence-based practice in counselling and psychotherapeutic practice.

The aim of this module is to offer an experientially orientation introduction to personal psychotherapeutic experience. This module will enable learners’ develop personal insight and self-knowledge through their personal participation in psychotherapeutic processes. Students will also, through their participation as an individual and/or as a group member in such engagements, learn directly to appreciate the diversity of a client’s experience in personal therapy.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to understand the process of bereavement and explore issues in loss and grief.

Brief Therapy for Emotional Health & Wellness

Psychoses & Personality Disorders

Inner Child Therapy

Play Therapy & Psychotherapeutic Practice

Understanding Motivational Interviewing

Understanding Community Reinforcement Approaches in Addiction Treatment (CRA)

Principles of Personality Assessment

Principles of Occupational Assessment

Theories & Practice of Mindfulness

Eating Disorders

Independent Study

Developing & Managing a Professional Practice

Recovery Approaches in Addiction

Family Aspects of Addiction

Theory & Practice of the Minnesota Model of Addiction Treatment

Adolescent Mental Health Screening

Engaging with Parents in Professional Practice

Course Contacts

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Timetables

This course is scheduled to commence in September 2023 at Griffith College Dublin's Main Campus. 

This part-time programme runs one evening per week (6pm to 9pm) and Saturdays (9.30am to 4.30pm) over two semesters, from September to December and January to April, at Griffith College Dublin's Main Campus (subject to a viable cohort).

Please contact [email protected]  if you would like to receive a copy of the timetable.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

To join the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • complete and submit the application form
  • applicants are required to 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 6.0 or equivalent) if applicable. Learn more. 

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.

Mentoring & placement support:

All applicants are required to engage in a minimum of 50 Hours of Personal Psychotherapeutic Experience (or equivalent) across the programme.

Each student will be required to undertake 200 hours of direct client work under strict Clinical Supervision arrangements.

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years of age:

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

The College is committed to the recognition of prior learning attained both formally and informally. It may be recognised either to facilitate access to a higher education programme or to allow an award of credit as in the case of allowing exemption from a module.

It is the responsibility of the learner, to make a formal written application to the College requesting an exemption and supplying all appropriate supporting evidence i.e. transcript of results and module descriptor/syllabus including intended learning outcomes. Recognised prior learning is assessed on a case-by-case basis with an emphasis on academic and clinical experience.

 

 

 

Fees

Tuition Fees

General Fee Information

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR300.00 and a 2% Protection of Enrolled Learners Fee is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below:

Study Mode: Part-Time

Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 3450 (Total fee payable EUR 3825).

Progression

The programme is highly interactive and is designed for learners who wish to begin their educational and learning journey in the fields of Counselling and Psychotherapy specifically to work in addiction settings. It is specially designed for those who aspire to develop professional’s competence to work with diverse and marginalised groups of people or individuals with complex needs.

The primary focus will be working with individuals and groups but also to prepare learners to contribute at community and policy levels as practitioners in their field. This programme is for those who wish to break down barriers of access to evidence-based intervention and create opportunities for high-quality treatment experiences for all who need them.

Graduates of this programme can be found working in the private and public statutory sector in organisations such as TuslaHSEMerchants Quay ProjectPeter McVerry TrustIrish Prison ServiceAiseiri, and other areas of addiction practice. Graduates have also found employment in community-based organisations, working with individuals, families, and communities affected by addiction as members of multi-disciplinary teams in health, settings within the private, community, and voluntary sectors.

 

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