This one-year, part-time programme is offered nationally. 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 and Alcohol Task Forces and the North West Alcohol Forum. In catering to the current needs, this programme is now delivered online.
This one-year, part-time programme is offered and 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. The programme 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.
The programme aims to:
• develop personal and professional growth 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.
• 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.
• enhance the principles and values underpinning lifelong and adult learning among individuals.
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.
• health professionals, social care professionals, teachers, guidance counsellors, youth and child-care workers, prison officers, Gardai, probation officers and community workers among others.
- Certificate in Addiction Studies, or a related area, or equivalent academic qualification
- At least two years experience of working in the area of drug and alcohol or a related field
- Successful completion of interview
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.
What to Include with your Application
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- A copy of your most recent CV.
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:
- If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate
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