Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences
The M.A in Addiction Counselling is designed for practitioners who hold a Level 8 degree in health or human science areas and who wish to specialise in Addiction Counselling. It is attractive to professionals who, for example, work with diverse and marginalised groups of people with addiction difficulties or are experiencing social exclusion because of the consequences of addiction. The primary focus of this programme is for working with individuals and groups but also at community and policy levels as leaders in their field.
This programme is designed for those who wish to access evidence-based interventions and create opportunities for high-quality treatment experiences for all who need them. Modules within the course are designed to build personal capacity, collaborative problem-solving skills, and an understanding of the systems and context within which clients and their families may be best supported.
As part of this master's programme, learners study the fundamental theories of addiction counselling; psychotherapeutic skills and engagement, Motivational Interviewing, Community Reinforcement Approaches as well as Comorbidity. Learners are required to take a Module on 'Knowing Self' within which they have the opportunity to engage in personal psychotherapeutic experience. In addition, learners study evidence-based practice and research methods and design, complete a dissertation and engage in 150 hours of clinically Supervised Practice with clients. Learners also have to take an elective module from a suite of electives.
All of the taught modules are designed to support learners to apply all these elements of learning during the 150 hours of client work which is required within the Practicum module as well as in the completion of a dissertation. The programme combines both theory and practical skills in a way that supports the academic and professional development of the learner.
Individual modules may also be taken on a standalone basis. Taught Modules are taken across two academic years where the modules are taught through a blended learning approach using a combination of classroom-based modules and Virtual Classrooms as well as work-based learning. Blended learning combines face-to-face and web-based teaching and learning, which allows students to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance. In certain modules, mandatory attendance is a requirement.
How can I complete this Course?
The Programme can be completed on a Part-time basis over two years (6 semesters). The programme uses a blended learning approach. In that regard, learners are required to engage in classroom-based learning, with both traditional face-to-face contact and synchronous delivery through the VIRI classroom, in addition to directed web-based e-learning. Learners have to engage in work-based learning and independent research and will receive tutorial support for these modules.
These weekly lectures will be delivered primarily through synchronous classroom-based learning and the VIRI classroom, which will be normally timetabled on one evening per week and Saturdays across the Academic Year with Practice Support and Academic supervision extending into the Summer Semester.
The programme timetable has been scheduled to facilitate blended learning. Classes will take place through synchronous delivery which will involve classroom-based sessions, which will also be available on-line synchronously through a VIRI classroom. Bearing in mind the benefits to students of collaborative and peer learning, and the importance of intellectual discourse and peer support, face-to-face classroom-based learning will also occur alongside the synchronous on-line delivery. The more practical elements of the programme will require students to attend in person.
Learners engage in work-based learning and will be required to undertake 150 hours of a Professional Placement; 30 hours can be taken from Week 8 in Semester 1, with 30 hours per week being completed across Semester 2 with the remaining 90 hours being completed in Semesters 3 – 6 but there are options available around this and completion of the requirements of this module will happen at the discretion of the student following agreement with their Clinical Supervisor.
What supports are available to learners?
At ICHAS, every lecturer and member of staff is committed to excellence in education and professional practice. Each Module has a Module Leader who works with students to enhance their learning and will provide formative and summative feedback throughout their studies. Each programme has a Programme Co-ordinator and in addition, you will have direct access to the Programme Leader and the Director of Graduate Studies.
The Dissertation and Practicum are central elements of the Masters programme. Each student will undertake these modules under the direction of an Academic and Practicum supervisor respectively for these modules who will be appointed by the College.
Who Awards My Qualification?
On successful completion of the programme, your qualification is awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). QQI is one of the principal Irish awarding bodies for 3rd level education in Ireland and sets the standards for awards on the NFQ. Because this programme is both validated and awarded by QQI, the Award you receive is recognised in Ireland and internationally. See www.qqi.ie for further information.
Structure of Course:
The Programme is divided into 11 modules each of which has Educational Credits (ECTS) associated with them (please see a list of the individual module titles and the associated credits below). Each Module may also be taken on a standalone basis. It is also important to note that learners who complete 60 ECTS and who wish to exit the programme without completing their Dissertation may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Counselling.
The course covers a range of subjects that are structured to develop competent professional practitioners. The subjects covered are designed to be both practical and theoretical as per the table below:
Masters in Addiction Counselling
Module Name Credits
Addiction Counselling & Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions 5 ECTS
Understanding the Addiction Spectrum 5 ECTS
Psychotherapeutic Skills & Engagement 5 ECTS
Community Reinforcement Approach & Addiction 5 ECTS
Knowing Self 5 ECTS
Motivational Interviewing 5 ECTS
Comorbidity & Addiction 5 ECTS
Professional Placement 10 ECTS
Research Methodologies & Design 10 ECTS
Dissertation 30 ECTS
Elective (Choice of Modules are listed below – 1 to be taken) 5 ECTS
Total Credits 90
List of Electives – Family Aspects of Addiction, Health Promotion & Preventative Strategies associated with Addiction, Inter-Agency & Inter-Disciplinary Working in Addiction, Therapeutic Communication & Engagement, Theory & application of Reflective Practice, Independent Study
The programme has been designed to enable learners to demonstrate their academic and reflective learning in appropriate ways. Each module requires completion of an assessment type which will normally consist of 1 or 2 components. The assessment strategy accommodates different learning styles and therefore the programme assesses learners using a range of practical assignments, including; essays, learning journals, examinations, reflective exercises, and projects.
The completion of a research-based dissertation is a central part of the Masters programme and each student is supported by an academic supervisor for the entire period of their dissertation.
This programme is designed for graduates in health and human sciences and in particular graduates of Counselling or addiction related programmes as well as, nursing, social care, social work, psychology and programmes in cognate areas who wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of the human condition.
The knowledge, skills and competence required to successfully participate in and complete this Level 9 Programme will normally require applicants to have successfully achieved a Level 2:2 award in a relevant Human Science Level 8 degree.
Those who have completed other relevant education programmes or have relevant professional experience etc., where Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Acquired Prior Learning (APL) can be applied to the programme by submission of programme content, qualification and assignments equivalent to an appropriate Level 8 award at an Honours 2:2 standard can also be considered. If you wish to apply for this programme, please click on the 'Apply Now" tab. All applicants undertake a selection interview to support applicants to make an informed decision regarding their choice of programme and to ensure suitability.
Applicants should be driven by a desire to be leaders and agents for change; recognising the special contribution that professional psychotherapists using an Integrative approach can make to individuals, their families and communities in supporting individual recovery, wellbeing and also at policy and preventative levels in terms of public health models, thus enriching the lives of individuals and communities.
Successful applicants would be required to complete Garda Vetting at the College. If you have any queries in relation to this course then please contact the college on 061 216288 or email us on email@example.com. A member of the Admissions team will be happy to assist you.
How will I be assessed?
The programme has been designed to enable learners to demonstrate their academic and reflective learning in appropriate ways. Each module requires completion of an assessment type which will normally consist of 1 or 2 components. The assessment strategy accommodates different learning styles and therefore the programme assesses learners using a range of practical assignments, including; essays, learning journals, examinations, reflective exercises and projects.
The completion of a research based dissertation is a central part of the Masters programme and each student is supported by an academic supervisor for the entire period of their dissertation.
Total Credits 90
Part Time over 2 Years
Available at our Dublin and Limerick Campuses
The tuition fees for the programme are €7,165. Students can pay in instalments and all fees are fully protected under our Protection of Enrolled Learners' Policy.
commencing January 2020 (Headstart Basis) and September 2020 on a Part time basis.
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Where Can I progress to on completion of the course?
On successful completion of the MA in Addiction Counselling, students will be qualified to access Level 10 Programmes on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).