Online Diploma in Addiction Studies

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10 wks (PT), one evening per week, 6.30pm-9.00pm
Start Date:
March 2022
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Addiction affects all areas of our society at all levels and its effects on individuals, families and society, in general, can be devastating.

The number of people seeking treatment for addiction to cocaine in Ireland has surged by 400% in recent years, according to the latest national figures released by the Health Research Board (HRB). More women than men are seeking treatment for addiction to the drug. The figures are included in the latest report from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System, which covers the seven-year period from 2014 to 2020.

The Health Research Board also reported that 250,000 people are alcohol dependent in Ireland and need in-depth help; half of these people are parents of children.

Alcohol Action Ireland also reported during lockdown that many people have used alcohol as a coping mechanism, and currently the treatment facilities and services available for those with alcohol addiction issues are "woefully inadequate".

Trained professionals are required as part of the National Strategy to help improve addiction services and support those who are striving towards recovery.

Course Overview

The course will discuss both traditional and contemporary theories of addiction paying close attention to chemical, behavioural and technological addictions. Over the 11 weeks, learners will develop an understanding of addiction from a medical and biopsychosocial model whilst developing key therapeutic communication skills. Our 11 week introduction to addiction studies is relevant for both clinical professionals working in the community and to learners with a general interest in addiction.

The aim of the course is to provide students with a broad overview of the addiction landscape in Ireland including key theoretical frameworks.  The course will address central issues and debates within the science of addiction including substance abuse as a diagnosable disorder based in biology, the effects of environmental and social policy issues on addiction, the psychological and interpersonal dimensions of addiction and prevention and treatment strategies. In addition, the diploma will also provide a unique overview of the evidence-based therapy modalities often employed in addiction services whilst also teaching learners skills-based approaches to talk openly about addiction within the community.

On successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Evaluate traditional and contemporary theories of addiction.
  2. Describe the different types of addictions including but not limited to chemical dependency (drug usage) behavioural addictions (gambling) and technology-based addictions (social media and gaming).
  3. Discuss addiction services within an irish context.
  4. Compare and contrast traditional treatment options in addition to modern breakthrough treatments.
  5. Evaluate the different therapy modalities used to treat addiction.
  6. Reflect on their therapeutic communication skills.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content

The Diploma in Addiction Studies covers the follow areas:

Week 1
Introduction to Addiction Science and Theory

Week 2
Addiction, the Brain and the neuroscience of addiction

Week 3
Substance use disorder and diagnosis, an Irish context.

Week 4
Biological, psychological and social models of addiction

Week 5
Chemical dependency theory and treatment

Week 6
Behavioural addictions theory and treatment

Week 7
Technological addictions theory and treatment

Week 8
Pharmacological and psychological evidence-based Interventions

Week 9
Therapeutic interventions - theory and skills practice, part 1

Week 10
Therapeutic interventions - theory and skills practice, part 2

Week 11
Emerging evidence-based treatments

Assessment Strategy

The module assessment strategy is aligned to demonstrate the achievement of the module learning outcomes. The assessment involves a written research discursive report, of approximately 3000 words. Learners will be required to explore an aspect of addiction in-depth. An example is “Discuss the biopsychosocial model of addiction in relation to either chemical, behavioural or technological addictions”.


Career Opportunities

This Diploma in Addiction Studies is ideally suited to anyone interested in working with persons with addiction in the community such as care workers, care probation officers, gardai, social workers, agency workers, public health nurses, psychiatric nurses, general nurses, community workers, volunteers - who wish to augment their knowledge and support their roles in the workplace or maybe family members who want insight, knowledge and guidance with addiction.

Academic Progression Opportunities

Learners who graduated with this Diploma and are interested in furthering their study in the area of Psychology, maybe interested in our Diploma in Psychology, Diploma in Consumer Psychology or Diploma in Occupational Psychology courses.

Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.

IBAT is now offering 100% interactive learning via virtual classrooms, all at an affordable price. We’re adapting along with the rest of the world, to the new normal. With an increasing shift towards online learning and as jobs become harder to find, now is the time to take initiative and upskill by gaining a diploma from the comfort of your own home.

Benefit from live sessions with our expert tutors who are teaching in real-time and can therefore engage with you directly. Seize this opportunity to boost your prospects and stay ahead of the competition. 

Entry Requirements

No prior academic qualification or professional experience is required.

You will require access to a standard laptop or desktop computer and a broadband Internet connection.

How to Apply

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You can contact or apply to us directly using the the "Contact Us" or "Apply Online" options below or at the top of the page, this will reserve your place and also give us the key details to start your application, a member of our admissions team will then contact you with further details, or alternatively you can simply "Ask us a Question" using the form below.

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