MSc Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy
Validated by Middlesex University.
There is a growing awareness of the widespread harm caused by addiction to individuals, families and society at large and an evolving shift of reliance from a medically based model of treatment to engaging in Talking Therapies. In an experiential and participative environment, this course offers students the opportunity to acquire key skills and theoretical knowledge to effectively engage with the addiction recovery process.
Who Is This Course For?
The MSc Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy is validated by Middlesex University and designed for professionals (counsellors/psychotherapists, doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers and psychologists) considering or currently working in the field of addiction. Members of Addiction Counsellors Ireland (ACI) may wish to hone their skills and knowledge base and/or enhance their qualifications to meet the academic requirements under the pending Statutory Registration and Regulation of Counsellors and Psychotherapists legislation.
What Are The Benefits Of Doing This Course?
On completion of the course, students will have developed an advanced competency and proficiency working with clients presenting with addiction problems. They will more fully understand the complex and challenging nature of addiction and recovery both for the client and the counsellor being more informed of the presently diverse and fragmented approach to working with addiction. They will be well placed to influence attitudes and affect policy in the workplace, community and society.
What Will You Learn?
The course is designed to give learners a working understanding of the theories, process and dynamics of addiction in an ever-changing biopsychosocial context with a strong focus on effective, evidence-based approaches to treatment and counselling. It addresses the ever-pervasive influence of the internet and how it exacerbates the deleterious effects of Behavioural Addictions such as compulsive gambling, sexual addiction and gaming. Consideration is also given to broader mental health and dual diagnosis issues.