Course Description

The Nature and Context of Addiction



The Nature and Context of Addiction is course run by An Cosán Virtual Community College, Dublin. It is a 'Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online' course with a duration of 7 weeks. The Nature and Context of Addiction gives a Course Qualification of Special Purpose Award / Certificate, awarded by Institute of Technology Carlow. For more information about The Nature and Context of Addiction at An Cosán Virtual Community College, please review the details below.

Programme Overview 

The Nature and Context of Addiction programme will introduce students to the meaning and nature of addiction. Will provide an overview of predominant theories of causation – biological, psychological, sociological and cultural. Will introduce students to the theoretical orientations in the treatment of addiction – medical, pharmacological, spiritual, psychological and psychoanalytic. Will provide an overview of the pharmacology of drug use. Will introduce learners to models of treatment. 

Format

  • Induction Day: Saturday (Face to face workshop) 10am-4pm
  • Online Sessions: Once a week every Tuesday for 2 hours (6-8.30pm) for 7 weeks
  • Midway Workshop: Saturday (Face to Face Workshop) 10am-4pm

* Format may be modified if part of a tailored or Certificate Programme. 

Learning outcomes 

On successful completion of this module students will be able to: 

 

  • Explain the meaning and nature of addiction. 
  • Discuss the different theories of causation of addiction. 
  • Classify the pharmacology of drug use and describe effects of a wide range of drugs. 
  • Discuss a range principles and approaches to treatment of addiction. 
  • Explain dual diagnosis. 

 

Assessment component 

As part of the assessment for this programme, learners will be required to complete a reflective journal throughout the programme and take an end of term exam. 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment 

Students will acquire in-depth knowledge and develop research and problem-solving skills through work and enquiry-based learning, more formally structured tuition, and self-directed learning.  They will develop competencies in the following transferable skills: written and oral communication, critical thinking, digital literacy, group collaboration, problem solving, planning & time management.  A variety of assessment methods such as reflective journals, presentations, research projects, portfolios and assignments are used on the programme. 

Learner Supports  

At VCC, we support our learners fully so that they can achieve their full potential.  

  • Technology moderators provide technical support and encouragement to learners in advance of and during online sessions. 
  • Qualified tutors with in-depth classroom experience and subject matter expertise are readily available to discuss programme content. 
  • One-to-one online mentors are available throughout the programme. 
  • Learners are actively encouraged to support one another and build collaborative learning communities.   

 

Time commitment 

For accredited programmes, you need to be available for two full day workshops (2 x 6-hour face-to-face workshops) and 8 online sessions (2 hours per week). It is recommended that participants allocate minimum of 3 hours per week for self-directed study to cover suggested readings and videos. 
* Format may be modified if part of a tailored or Certificate Programme. 

Entry Requirements 

Applicants must be 18 years+.  Applicants should have completed the Leaving Certificate or a QQI (FETAC) Major Award at Level 5 preferably in the area of leadership, community development studies or a related area. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Institute of Technology Carlow policy on recognition of prior learning (RPL). Applicants may be required to attend for an interview.  

 

Admissions 

We are currently receiving applications for programmes commencing in 2020.  Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.  Closing date for applications is 3 weeks before start date of programme. 

 

Fees 

All 10-week accredited programmes are €300 per participant.  The course fee includes a non-refundable deposit of €50 payable to secure a place. Please note that 50% of the fees must be paid upfront with the balance to be paid before the course finishes.  Bursaries and phased payment options available for individual learners.  

For more information and to register a place contact: 

Phone: 01 534 1847Email: info@ancosanvcc.com Web: www.ancosanvcc.ie    

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Training ProviderAn Cosán Virtual Community College
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 8
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationSpecial Purpose Award / Certificate
Awarding BodyInstitute of Technology Carlow
Awarding Body DetailsSpecial Purpose Award
Course Start Date28th March 2020
Course End Date12th May 2020
Course Duration7 weeks
Course Time6-8.30pm
Course Fee300
Entry RequirementsApplicants must be 18 years+. Applicants should have completed the Leaving Certificate or a QQI (FETAC) Major Award at Level 5 preferably in the area of leadership, community development studies or a related area. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Institute of Technology Carlow policy on recognition of prior learning (RPL). Applicants may be required to attend for an interview.
Phone01 534 1847
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