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BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies

Griffith College Dublin (GCD)

BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies is delivered by the Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and is available on a part-time basis.

The course is highly interactive and it has been designed specifically for those who want to become competent professional practitioners in counselling and addiction-related areas.

This course has been designed for individuals who wish to become competent professional practitioners in counselling-related fields with a specific focus on addiction studies. The syllabus covers a diverse combination of theory and competence development. It centre’s on areas such as understanding mental health, the theoretical evolution of addiction, substance and non-substance addictions, addiction intervention, and recovery approaches.

It is taught using a combination of classroom-based and skill-based learning that allows the learner to avail of blended learning to access classes in person or using online facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance while equipping the learner with the confidence, skills, and competencies to work in the addiction area of Counselling & Psychotherapy. While much of the course can be accessed online, in certain modules, mainly Skills Based, attendance is a mandatory requirement.


College Name Griffith College Dublin (GCD)
Course Category Addiction Studies, Humanities & Social Sciences
Course Type Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course Qualification Level 8 Certificate
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 8
Course Fee EUR 3,825 (this includes a 2% PEL levy)
Course Duration 4 years
Course Times This course is scheduled to commence in September 2024 at Griffith College Dublin's Main Campus. This part-time programme runs one evening per week (6pm to 9pm) and Saturdays (9.30am to 4.30pm) over two semesters, from September to December and January to April, at Griffith College Dublin's Main Campus (subject to a viable cohort).
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies
Entry Requirements To join the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies, applicants must meet the following requirements: - be over 18 years of age - complete and submit the application form - applicants are required to complete an interview process, which is designed to explore your reasons for taking the programme and to ensure that it is suitable for your needs. ICHAS is committed to ensuring that the programme you are on is right for you. - Complete the Garda vetting procedure. - English language proficiency certificates (e.g. IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent) if applicable If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team. Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Applicants under 23 years of age: A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish.
Career Path Graduates of this programme can be found working in the private and public statutory sector in organisations such as Tusla, HSE, Merchants Quay Project, Peter McVerry Trust, Irish Prison Service, Aiseiri, and other areas of addiction practice. Graduates have also found employment in community-based organisations, working with individuals, families, and communities affected by addiction as members of multi-disciplinary teams in health, settings within the private, community, and voluntary sectors.
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