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Addiction Studies (L6, 10 ECTS)

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16 Days


Applied Social Sciences

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



This programme is an entry level suitable for people who are interested in broadening their understanding and experience of the field of addiction, or to examine if they would like to pursue further training. Experiential learning plays a large role in the programme delivery which may present a challenge to people in early recovery or ongoing issues with addiction.

The aim of this programme is to provide an introduction to the topic of addiction to participants and to enable them to make an initial low-level intervention with an individual displaying addiction-related behaviour. The programme is particularly aimed at those who may encounter such behaviour in their personal or working lives.

On successful completion of this programme participants will be able to:

  • Recognise addiction-associated behaviour in a work or personal setting
  • Identify the proximate cause of the addiction-associated behaviour
  • Compile appropriate behaviour-related information
  • Make an initial intervention with the individual displaying such behaviour
  • Assist the individual displaying the addiction-related behaviour to seek professional help and be able to outline the nature of the help available

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must be 18 years or older and must demonstrate an interest in the field of Addiction Studies (see Course Aim above for details). Applicants will be offered a place on the programme on the basis of a written application.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

  • Drug & Alcohol Education
  • Crisis Intervention & Detox
  • Harm reduction Policy
  • Ethics & Self Awareness
  • Effects of Addiction on Individual, Family & Community
  • 4 Tier Model
  • Screening & Assessment
  • Treatment Options & Approaches

More Information


This certificate programme is delivered part time over 8 Friday/Saturday sessions. Attendance comprises of 3 hours on Fridays from 6pm to 9pm and 6 hours on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, commencing Friday 20th January 2023 (full schedule of dates tbc).


This programme is assessed through a range of continuous assessments.


Certificate in Addiction Studies, Special Purpose Award (Level 6, 10 Credits).

Application Deadline

Monday 28th November, 2022.

For queries relating to the course content

Contact: Neal Whelan


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Department of Social Protection - Training Support Grant

If you are in receipt of a Jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection it might be worthwhile enquiring with a Case Officer at your local Intreo Centre about the Training Support Grant which supports Jobseekers that have identified work opportunities or where Case Officers have identified an immediate skills gap that represents an obstacle to taking up a job offer. This grant is applicable to courses up to Level 6 on the QQI. For details on the scheme see