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Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy

MSc Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy

Validated by Middlesex University.

This programme is designed to provide students with the skills and approaches to work effectively with addiction and gain a Masters Qualification.

This course is intended for Professionals currently or considering working within addiction services in professions including Counsellors/Psychotherapists, doctors, nurses, youth workers, social carers, social workers, psychologists etc. who wish to solidify and enhance their qualifications and to gain contemporary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work therapeutically with those affected by addiction.

The programme will explore key issues in addiction in the context of current theory and skills approaches. The course will be experiential in approach with group discussion, dyad and tryad work and skills practice.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:
Applicants are required to hold a relevant honours degree (Level 7 NFQ or equivalent; Final grade 2.2 or above) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Social Care or equivalent.

Applicants who do not meet this criteria may be eligible to enter the course on the basis of prior learning and experience in the area. Students applying on the basis of prior learning must provide evidence of their knowledge, skill and ability to pursue this programme of study. This should be in the form of a career portfolio outlining and demonstrating your career path as is relevant to this course (including transcripts of any relevant results, statements of prior learning based on systematic reflection) and be must submitted with your application.

Applicants should ideally have access to opportunities for client work in their current role and be able to apply theoretical principles and practice in their current workplace.

Application Process
• Send in Complete Application Form & Deposit (Online / Hard Copy)
• Copies of Transcripts (Confirming 2.2 on relevant Level 7 Degree or higher) or Copy of Career Portfolio
• and 500-word written statement on why you believe they are suitable to the course.
• All suitable candidates will be invited to interview

Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.

Learning Difficulties
Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on application.

Garda Vetting:
Students will be requested to participate in Garda Vetting procedures in relation to programme and accreditation requirements.


Two years (24 months) part-time. The course will take place at weekends Saturday & Sunday, approx. 1 weekend per month from October to June) and the full provisional timetable will be available shortly.

Careers or further progression

There is an ever increasing demand for addiction services and the demand in the public sector in particular far outstrips the available resources. There are many current and future job opportunities within the public sector – particularly in the area of drug, alcohol and gambling addiction for suitably qualified addiction professionals. Up-to-date training in evidenced-based therapeutic approaches is also becoming essential for those working in this field, as funders are increasingly concerned about outcomes and value for taxpayers' money.

Moreover, students who graduate from the MSc in Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy will have gained the skills and knowledge to work with clients dealing with issues in a wide range of addictions including behavioural addictions. With an increasingly wide range of addiction in society, career opportunities may also include private practice, work with voluntary organisations and mental health organisations. With addiction, it is crucial to have timely interventions that are able to meet people where they are at. The provision of increased specialist addiction capacity in private counselling & psychotherapy services and voluntary organisations will assist in dealing with the demand.

Our university validated programmes are developed, delivered and assessed by PCI College and awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. A qualification from Middlesex University London is internationally recognised both within the EU and outside the EU. Brexit negotiations will have no impact on these facts.

Further enquiries

If you have more questions about the course, call Maria now at 01-464 2268

Subjects taught

Each module is 30 hours duration:

Year 1:
• Theories of Addictive Behaviour: History & Current Situation
• Generic & Specific Therapy Skills for Addiction
• Drugs of Abuse: Biological, Psychological & Social Aspects
• The Motivational Interviewing Approach

Year 2:
• Behavioural Addictions: Gambling, Sex etc.
• The CBT Approach to Working with Addiction
• The Family Dimension in Addiction
• Dual Diagnosis: Common Mental Health Problems in Addiction
• Case Study & Dissertation

Additional Course Requirements:
• 100 hours Clinical placement / Client work
• 25 sessions with a qualified supervisor to review client work
• 20 hours Personal Therapy - 10 of these hours must be completed before commencing Client Work.


Dublin - High Park Campus, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Limerick - Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick

Award: Middlesex University MSc Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy

Level: Level 7 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 9 NFQ)

This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by PCI College; awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.

Assessment method

Written and practical assignments

Application date

Application Deadline: 25th August 2018

Enrolment and start dates

Next Start Date: 22nd September 2018

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