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Postgraduate Certificate in Addiction CounsellingMSc in Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy

This programme is designed to provide students with the skills and approaches to work effectively with addiction and gain Level 9 (NFQ) Masters Qualification.

Students will gain an understanding of the major theories and models of up-to-date evidence-based treatment used to help clients with a wide range of addictions.  Students will also learn and practice the key skills for the treatment of addictions, as well as an overview of the social and practical issues arising.

Course Details

This course is intended for Professionals currently or considering working within addiction services in professions including Counsellors/Psychotherapists, doctors, nurses, youth workers, social carers, social workers, psychologists etc. who wish to solidify and enhance their qualifications and to gain contemporary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work therapeutically with those affected by addiction.


The programme will explore key issues in addiction in the context of current theory and skills approaches. The course will be experiential in approach with group discussion, dyad and tryad work and skills practice.


Read Programme Leader Eoin Stephen's Course Blog here


Venue: PCI College, College House, Townsend Street, Dublin 2

Next Start Date:  30th September 2017 (Orientation)


Upcoming CPD Lecture: Behavioural Addictions with Eoin Stephens
6-8pm, Wednesday 29th March - PCI College, College House, Townsend Street, Dublin 2

Free to attend but Booking Essential
Two years (24 months) part-time.  The course will take place at weekends (Saturday & Sunday, approx. 1 weekend per month from October to June) and the full provisional timetable will be available shortly. 

Assessment: Written and practical assignments


Selection Process: There are a limited number of places available (18). Selection is based on application and interview.


Garda Vetting: Students will be required to participate in Garda Vetting procedures in relation to programme and accreditation requirements

Award: MSc in Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy (subject to validation from Middlesex University)


If you have more questions about the course, call Maria now at 01-464 2268 or add your details to the purple Questions Box above and we'll get back to you shortly.

Each module is 30 hours duration:


Year 1:

  • Theories of Addictive Behaviour: History & Current Situation
  • Generic & Specific Therapy Skills for Addiction
  • Drugs of Abuse: Biological, Psychological & Social Aspects
  • The Motivational Interviewing Approach

Year 2:

  • Behavioural Addictions: Gambling, Sex etc.
  • The CBT Approach to Working with Addiction
  • The Family Dimension in Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis: Common Mental Health Problems in Addiction
  • Case Study & Dissertation


Additional Course Requirements:

  • 100 hours Clinical placement / Client work
  • 25 sessions with a qualified supervisor to review client work
  • 30 hours Personal Therapy is recommended for all students and is a requirement for students who are not qualified counsellors/psychotherapists.  10 of these hours must be completed before commencing Client Work.


LEADING TO THE AWARD OF: MSc in Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy (Subject to validation by Middlesex University)

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What our Students Say

"I enjoyed the mock counselling having covered the various theories and realised which theories I was drawn to"
Certificate Student 2013, Belfast

What our Students Say

I most sincerely enjoyed the mindfulness meditation that we all did together towards the end of the workshop. It was really soothing and a positive finish to the day.
Positive Psychology Attendee
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