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Addiction / Substance Abuse: Support / Counselling Psychology (General)

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This course explores the psychological basis of generic and counselling strategies, equips students to assess psychological models of counselling approaches, and provides for a supervised professionally-oriented empirical research dissertation in the final (MSc) year; these professional aims are underpinned by a detailed study of the psychology of addiction embracing the main theories of the development of addictive behaviours, the principal approaches to counselling and treatment of addictive disorders, and training in research in the field of addictions.

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Part time


2 years

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Modules include: Theoretical foundations of addiction and counselling psychology; therapeutic counselling theory and practice; professional practice in addiction counselling; advanced addiction psychology; advanced theory and practice in therapeutic counselling; research methods in professional practice; research project in addiction psychology/therapy

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Entry requirements

Typical applicants are working within drug/alcohol or related fields, with the intellectual competence to work at postgraduate level, and demonstrable character strengths for counselling. Desirably, you would have previous training in psychology/counselling and an inclination towards research. Prospective students will need demonstrable ability to undertake work at a Masters level. For example Honours degree or professional qualifications at 2:2 level/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK 2nd Class Honours Lower Division/ Plus relevant experience indicative of a motivation to specialise in the addictions area.

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Southwark Campus

103 Borough Road

Kensington And Chelsea



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Elephant & Castle 0.2 Miles away

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