Certificate in Addiction Studies

Merchants Quay Ireland is pleased to offer a 12-week Certificate in Addiction Studies commencing September 2019 to November 2019. This programme will equip students with the requisite skills, knowledge, and theory base to empower participants to respond more effectively to the issues of drug use and addiction. The course is for anyone with a serious interest in the area of substance use and who interacts in either a paid or voluntary capacity with people who may have addiction problems.

Facilitator: Peter Kelly, Training Officer, Merchants Quay Ireland

Schedule: 12th September 2019 –  28th November 2019; part time 12×week (Thursday evenings 6.00 p.m.—9.00 p.m.).

Closing Date for Applications Thursday 29th August 2019

Cost: €500.00. €50.00 non-refundable to secure your place on the programme

Awarded by: Merchants Quay Ireland

How to Apply: The Certificate in Addiction Studies application form can be downloaded here. This form can also be obtained by contacting the Training Office in Merchants Quay at 01-5240936. The completed form can be sent to Peter at peter.kelly@mqi.ie

More Information
For further information and application forms please contact Peter Kelly on 01- 5240936, or email: peter.kelly@mqi.ie

MQI Certificate in Addiction Studies 2019

Course Objectives

  • Become familiar with the main divisions of psychoactive substances, their common effects and the distinctions between drug use, misuse, and drug dependence.
  • Have developed an understanding of the principles and practices of harm reduction and their use as a mode of intervention with problem drug use.
  • Have gained an understanding of primary health care perspectives regarding problem drug use particularly in the area of safe injecting techniques and the protocols that underpin it.
  • Know the basics of modern pharmacological research and the effects of both legal and non-legal drugs on the brain and central nervous system.
  • Have an appreciation of psychodynamic perspectives and be able to reflect on the role of unconscious processes in addiction.
  • Develop an understanding of process addictions particularly addiction to gambling and be able to reflect on treatment interventions and strategies.
  • Have gained a good understanding of Motivational Interviewing, its theoretical underpinnings, influence, and development.
  • Will have achieved a level of competency in the core skills and be able to begin, maintain, and conclude a helping intervention.
  • Have an understanding of the Wheel of Change and be able to situate the cycles of drug/alcohol use within its framework.
  • Will have developed a proficiency in the areas of reflective listening, dealing with resistance/ambivalence, the development of discrepancy, promoting client self-efficacy, and working towards change.

Teaching Methodologies

The course is designed in such a way as to

  • facilitate learners to achieve learning outcomes
  • maintain a learner centred ethos
  • provide opportunities for action and reflection in a balanced way
  • encourage critical reflection.

This requires the use of a range of teaching methodologies including:

  • lecturing
  • small group work
  • use of role-play, and demonstrations
  • case studies
  • group discussions
  • practical exercises
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