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Drug & Alcohol Studies - Diploma

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: Diploma

Qualification: NFQ Level 7

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Esther Wolfe
Email:
esther.wolfe@hse.ie
Tel:
(087) 9092730
Name:
Aoibhinn King
Email:
aoibhinn.king@hse.ie
Tel:
(087) 9074515
Name:
Keith Young
Email:
Keith.Young@ul.ie
Tel:
(061) 202806
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Brief Description

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.

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.

COURSE AIMS

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The programme has a commitment to principles and values underpinning lifelong and adult learning.
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
  • EN3051 Experiential Group Work and Group Processes in the Context of Drug and Alcohol Studies
  • EN3061 Substance Use: Theoretical Foundations
  • EN3071 Models of Intervention: Theory & Practice 1
  • EN3081 Research & Reflective Practice 1
  • EN3052 Substance Use: Community, Social and Policy Perspectives
  • EN3062 Substances and Mental Health
  • EN3072 Models of Intervention: Theory & Practice 2
  • EN 3082 Research & Reflective Practice 2
  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
  4. You are required to complete a 300-500 word exercise as part of the application. Please select one topic

    from the following three:

    a) What is your understanding of Addiction? (Discuss and explain)

    b) Drugs are not the real issue – alcohol is. (Discuss and explain, what are your views?)

    c) Problematic Substance Use - A health or criminal justice issue? (Discuss and explain)

    Please type and submit as an additional document online. A suggested introduction, key points and

    conclusion format may be of guidance.

 

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.

Application fee (non-refundable) €35 payable on submission of your application form

EU Student Fees

Non-EU Student Fees

Course Fee     €1554 Course fee          €4748
Student Levy       €90 Student Levy          €90
Total Fee         €1644 Total Fee            €4838