Drug & Alcohol Studies | CPE

Drug & Alcohol Studies

(Part-Time) Level 7 (NFQ)
This one year, part-time programme is offered in two locations nationally: in the University of Limerick and Cherry Orchard Hospital (Ballyfermot, Dublin 10). The course has been developed by the University of Limerick in partnership with the Health Service Executive (West-Limerick, West-Donegal and Dublin Mid-Leinster areas), Vocational Education Committees (City of Limerick and County Donegal), the Mid-West and North West Regional Drug Task Forces and the North West Alcohol Forum.
The course has been designed to meet the need for educational progression routes in the area of Drugs and Alcohol. It also aims to support actions in National Drug and Alcohol policy that call for increased training opportunities for individuals working in the field.
  1. The course aims for personal and professional growth and development of individuals working in community, voluntary, statutory and non-statutory organisations who are actively engaged in responding to drug and alcohol issues, across the spectrum from prevention and education to treatment and rehabilitation.
  2. The course aims to build upon existing knowledge and skills among participants, with a focus on developing theoretical and evidence based knowledge together with a range of practical skills to enable them to respond effectively and appropriately to drugs and alcohol issues in their work setting.
  3. The programme has a commitment to principles and values underpinning lifelong and adult learning.
Typical applicants include those who have completed a Certificate in Addiction Studies or another relevant area and who wish to progress their professional education in the area of drug and alcohol studies. The course is intended for individuals actively engaged in management of drug and alcohol misuse and dependency or those working with groups at risk for drug and alcohol misuse. Typical applicants also include health professionals, social care professionals, teachers, guidance counsellors, youth and child care workers, prison officers, Gardai, probation officers and community workers among others.
The course is run on a part-time basis, equivalent to one full day a week, over two semesters (September to May). It is offered in two study centres:
  1. The University of Limerick Campus - Tuesday 6.30pm-9.30pm and every second Saturday
  2. Cherry Orchard Hospital, Dublin - Wednesday 9.30am-4.30pm
  3. Orientation Day (for both centres) will take place at the University of Limerick on Saturday September 7th 2019
Application fee (non-refundable) €35 payable on submission of your application form
Tuition fees 2019/20 (below)
EU Student Fees   Non-EU Student Fees
Course Fee    €1553 Course fee          €4748
Student Levy     €90 Student Levy          €90
Total Fee       €1643 Total Fee            €4838
  1. Certificate in Addiction Studies, or a related area, or equivalent academic qualification
  2. At least two years experience of working in the area of drug and alcohol or a related field
  3. Successful completion of interview
Please read the application guidelines carefully BEFORE starting your online application form. You must have all your documents ready to upload when asked to do so, as you will not be able to go back and upload at a later stage. Failure to do so will lead to delays with your application.
Closing date for applications is Friday, August 16th. 
Interviews will be held on Wednesday, August 21st in the University of Limerick.
Interviews for Dublin to be confirmed nearer the time.
Orientation for the programme will be on Saturday, September 7th.
If you require further information about the programme, please contact the course leaders:
Course Director/Limerick Co-ordinator
Dr. Sancha Power: sancha.power@ul.ie, (087) 9914042
Dublin Co-ordinators
Esther Wolfe:  esther.wolfe@hse.ie (087) 9092730
Aoibhinn King: aoibhinn.king@hse.ie (087) 9074515
Semester One:
Semester Two:
Experiential group work and group processes in the context of drug and alcohol studies
Models of intervention: theory and practice 2
Substance use: theoretical foundations
Substance use: community, social and policy perspectives
Models of intervention: theory and practice 1
Substances and mental health
Research and reflective practice 1
Research and reflective practice 2

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