Diploma in Addiction Studies

29
Jul

DIPLOMA IN ADDICTION STUDIES

Course Details

Full course title:
Diploma in Addiction Studies

Course Duration:
10 weeks one evening per week

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

Course Award

Course Fee:
classroom-based €995 (€1,095 in instalments)
online course €895 (€995 in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

Ratified By
The Institute of Commercial Management
ICM registration: £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management for registration. Please note that a City Colleges’ Diploma will be issued if you choose not to register with ICM

Course Dates

Course Commencement date:
Thursday, 31 January 2019

Entry Requirements:
See Below

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

The Diploma in Addiction Studies

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.

Course Dates and Timetable

10 weeks beginning 27 Sept 2018
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 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.

Course fee: classroom-based €995 (or €1,095 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €895 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

ICM registration: £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management for registration. Please note that a City Colleges’ Diploma will be issued if you choose not to register with ICM

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more courses  can do so at a fee of €895 per course

Your Lecturer

Dr Louise DolphinDr Louise Dolphin

Louise completed a PhD (2010-14) and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2014-15) in Psychology in University College Dublin (UCD) with research interests in youth mental health, stigma, and quantitative research design & analysis. Louise is currently working in standards development for the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), Louise has also worked in change management consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for a large semi-state client, and as research coordinator for Jigsaw, a voluntary sector organisation principally funded by the HSE that provides primary care level mental health services to young people aged 12-25 years. Louise has a diverse profile of experience including data analysis, service evaluation, team management, university teaching, and customer care.

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