BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies


Undergraduate / Short Course


4 Years

Validated by





Dublin Main Campus

NFQ Level

Level 8

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.

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