Course: Diploma in Addiction Studies
Start date: 24 April 2017
Duration: 10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm
Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more courses can do so at a fee of €895 per course.
The module 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 module 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.
Dr. Finian Fallon is an IACP accredited psychotherapist. He holds a first class honours BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Masters in Addiction Studies and a Doctorate in Psychotherapy from DCU. He works in his private clinic (ABC Counselling and Psychotherapy) on Kildare Street in Dublin 2 and is also works as a psychotherapist for an organisation supporting survivors of torture and asylum seekers.
Finian uses an evidence based integrative approach in his practice, and incorporates CBT and mindfulness perspectives in his work. He has a number of published academic works to his credit, including presenting at the BACP research conference, and is interested in developing research that provides practical clinical benefits.
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
A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Addiction Studies. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Similarly, the 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.
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- Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
- Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
- Limited class size
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