The MSc 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;
* 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.
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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- 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.