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Certificate in Substance Addiction 

Trainees will be enabled to impart information on addictive substances and how they affect people.




Course Details

The development of counselling skills, the resilient relationship necessary for this work and the ability to set out treatment plans for individual cases will receive particular attention.

Counsellors will be equipped with the knowledge to enable them recognise the presence of addiction issues in the story of a client, to enable them work with the addiction issue or to make an appropriate referral.
They will explore case work with particular emphasis on the impact of substance addiction on the individual, the family and the community.

Venue: Dublin City Centre
Duration: 30 Hour Programme
Next Start Date: TBC
Two Weekends:
Time: Fri 7pm-10pm, Sat & Sun 9.30am-4.30pm
Lecturer: Eoin Stephens


Course Content


  • Drug Types: Pharmacological Categorisation; how they work; their effects.
  • Legal Perspective: The misuse of Drugs Act (Ireland); similarities and variances with the laws of other countries.
  • The legalisation of Cannabis and other drugs debate.
  • Addiction Research: Ireland, Great Britain, Europe and the United States.
  • The Causes of Addiction.
  • A Rage of Treatment Modalities: Philosophies and Practices.
  • The Family Context of addiction.
  • Counselling Skills, particularly associated with addiction work.
  • Health-Related Issues e.g. H.I.V., Hepatitis.
  • The Addictive Personality?
  • Personal Factors enhancing recover.
  • The role of Support Groups e.g. A.A., N.A., G.A., Al Anon etc.
  • After-care.

Assessed Award:



Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience. . Students currently in training will be considered (year 2 onwards), on the understanding that the Certificate qualification cannot be used until they have qualified.Entry is by application form.


What our Students Say

"Lecturer was very approachable and able to apply theoretical work to all forms of therapy".
2012-2013 Student - Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy

What our Students Say

"Having graduated and started practicing and meeting fellow counsellors, I have become more impressed with the breadth of the training that we received with PCI...Overall I had an excellent experience with PCI and would gladly recommend the college to anyone thinking of training in the area."
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