What is the course about?
The course offers an introduction to the field of addiction by providing you with theoretical reference and practical skills which you can develop and integrate into your working practice.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
What is addiction?
The assessment process for addiction
The nature of addiction
Current treatment methods such as Motivational Interviewing, Systems Theory, CBT, Person Centred Therapy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Explain the nature of addiction
Outline what constitutes a thorough assessment process
Describe at least 2 current treatment methods
Identify one way in which your new knowledge about addiction can be integrated into your own practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for trainee counsellors who have an interest in addiction and for professionals who are likely to come across clients with addiction problems. You will need to be a fluent speaker of English, be able to listen to complex information and respond to others as well as take part in group discussion and role plays. You will be required to participate in written exercises.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You should expect a combination of lecturing, group and class dicussions as well as other activities and role-play. In order to gain the maximum benefit from the course it is advisable to read all the material issued by the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Textbooks are available in libraries but buying at least one of the recommended texts would be helpful if you are interested in the field of addiction. The tutor will give out a list of recommended texts at the start of the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in some of our other courses in our 'working with…' programme:
Psychology of addiction (PP124)
Motivational Interviewing (PT532)
Introduction to CBT (PC408)
Working with bereavement and loss (PT511)
Working with anger (PT514)
Working domestic violence (PT507)
Working with the dynamics of difference (PT517)
Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse (PT508)
Working with gender identity (PT563)
Working with borderline personality (PT561)
Working with shame (PT513)
Working with mental illness (PT509)
Working with two chairs (PT556)
Working within boundaries (PT546)
Working with fertility issues (PT557)
Working with survivors of sexual violence (PT518)
Working with anxiety (PT547)
Working with self-harm (PT528).