Key information
Source: HOTCOURSES, March 2016.


Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, March 2016.

This course is a well-established route to a professional career in counselling in the addictions field. Accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) it meets the training needs for you to become accredited as an addiction counsellor. You'll normally have a professional, employment or voluntary work interest in addiction but will not necessarily be a graduate. However, if you have an interest in the psychology of addiction and seeking a career in counselling, you'll have particular interest in this programme. Some work experience in health, community and social services settings is normally required, and it is expected that in the first year you'll seek experience in appropriate work settings related to addiction. In the second year students must have a counselling placement sufficient to provide 100 hours of supervised practice before entering the final year. This course distinctively explores the psychological basis of generic and counselling strategies; equips you to assess psychological models of counselling approaches.

Different course options
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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, March 2016.

Professional practice in addiction counselling

You will examine the main concepts and debates in counselling, from both historical and current perspectives, and the different approaches required in relation to gender, culture, age, and history of trauma will be considered. You will consider the impact of group processes on our theoretical and practical understanding of the counselling relationship systematically, and of the skills required in achieving our counselling goals. You'll be provided with a context in which you can experience for yourself the process of coming together as a group, and also, with a different facilitator, practice the skills required in leading a therapy group.

Theoretical foundations of addiction and counselling psychology

You will be introduced to psychological theory and research that is essential to our understanding of counselling theory and practice in both generic and addiction counselling. You will explore a range of available research on the causes and treatment of addiction, allowing you to begin to make your own judgments about the suitability of treatment approaches. In addition you will be provided with an account of the principal psychological theories of the person in society that have influenced the development of current counselling practice.

Therapeutic counselling theory and practice

You will examine in detail the principal approaches taken in counselling and psychotherapy in relation to addiction therapy. Four of these have straightforward applications of psychological theory to psychotherapy as follows: Applications of Cognitive Therapy, Motivational Approaches to Addiction Treatment, Mindfulness based Therapies and Group Theory, Structure and Process. Finally, you will look at the Minnesota Method which is associated principally with the practical application of a mutual help social movement for alcoholics and other "addicts" (e.g. AA and NA).

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, March 2016.

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, March 2016.

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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