Understanding Addiction

4 Weeks
Start Date
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Understanding Addiction

This online Short Course is specifically designed for the general public to provide a broad overview of Addiction and its impact upon the individual; the family and society. It will explore some of the various treatment options available and why some of these treatments may be more effective than others.

Mode of Delivery: Online

Duration: 4 Weeks (6.00-8.00pm)    

Certification: The College will issue a Certificate of Attendance by email upon request

For enquiries please contact shortcourses@ichas.ie or 061216288


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Monday 1st June 2020 Monday 8th June 2020 Monday 15 June 2020 Monday 22nd June 2020

*Scheduled course dates and times may be subject to change.

Closing Date for Applications: Tuesday 29th May 2020

Online only
Course Content will include:
Week 1

Offering the participant a broad overview of Addiction and its impact upon the individual; the family and wider society

 The idea here is to expand and challenge the participants internalised beliefs and values surrounding their concepts and attitudes towards addiction and those who experience addiction.
Week 2

Exploring various treatment options and which may work more effectively than others and why

Just as addiction is an individual experience so to is the experience of treatment and recovery. The participants will be introduced to several relevant theories and treatment providers.
Week 3

Focussing on the experiences and factors which impact upon those who know; love; work with and live with a loved one’s addiction.

The impact of addiction on interpersonal relationships; family life; work life and broader society.
Week 4

Current policy and direction within an Irish context:

Where we are going and what is working. Exploring the concept of and possibilities of hope towards recovery.

Available Online Only

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