Training in Focus: Addiction Studies

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Ireland faces an epidemic in the form of addiction. Presently, this widely-debated and significant issue has touched most homes across the country, at least in some way. The old, unhelpful ideas associated with mental illness and addiction have begun to shift. This is not just because of developments in research but also due to societal changes.

You don’t have to be a Garda, Teacher, Health Care Professional, Social Worker or Community Worker to benefit from training in this area. Additionally, a diploma in Addiction Studies would be helpful for anyone who has to deal with the public on an ongoing basis or even for someone whose friend or family member suffers from addiction.

Nationwide Training Available

Are you considering upskilling in this area? Well, here at, we’re putting special focus on an excellent programme provided by Maynooth University. The NUI Diploma in Arts: Addiction Studies Level 8 is currently available for learners in Cork and Dublin. Accredited through the National University of Ireland, this part-time training introduces participants to current debates on addiction. The classes take place one evening per week (plus 3 Saturdays over the year) and run from October 2018 – May 2019.

This is specifically adult education, therefore students must have been older than 21 on 1st January 2018. Particularly, learners must engage with group activities and be willing to learn through dialogue and reflection on experience. Also, students must have a level of literacy that is sufficient to complete the assessments.

What you will learn

Students taking this course will gain expertise in prevention and intervention methodologies. As a result, they will have the skillset required to respond to the challenges presented by drug and alcohol misuse, as well as process addictions.

Currently, the course modules covered are:

  1. Group work & Facilitation Skills/Reflective Learning.
  2. Substance Misuse and Dependence.
  3. Drug & Alcohol Misuse in Contemporary Ireland.
  4. Approaches to Prevention Treatment & Rehabilitation.

Tempted? If you’re considering booking on there are more details here on the Cork and Dublin Addiction Studies classes. Please bear in mind, when applying students must submit a short essay (approx. 300–500 words) describing their reasons for applying for the course.


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