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The MSc Addiction Studies provides postgraduate education in addictions, focusing upon recent biological, psychological and socio-environmental advances in the conceptualisation of drug use and addiction, and its effective prevention and treatment. Read more
The MSc Addiction Studies provides postgraduate education in addictions, focusing upon recent biological, psychological and socio-environmental advances in the conceptualisation of drug use and addiction, and its effective prevention and treatment. Theoretical evidence is positioned within the context of policy development, while emphasis is placed upon facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills to the workplace.

KEY BENEFITS

• Provides advanced graduate education in the field of addictive behaviours, with an emphasis upon supporting students to embark upon further higher study or to translate their learning into their workplace.
• Provides students with access to the expertise of leading addictions researchers and senior clinicians.
• Flexible modular structure with optional modules covering science, practice, policy and management in the addictions.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/addiction-studies-msc-pg-cert.aspx

Course Detail

- Description

The Addiction Studies course is designed for students and professionals interested in the conceptualisation, treatment and prevention of addictive behaviours. It provides a widely recognised qualification with an integrated multi-disciplinary teaching and learning approach to the problems of use, dependence on alcohol, nicotine and other psychoactive drugs, and other addictive behaviours.

The course recognises that its students come from a variety of backgrounds with the goal of extending their theoretical knowledge and practical skills beyond those related to the subjects that they studied at undergraduate level. For example, a nurse or youth counsellor may wish to increase their knowledge of molecular biology or psychopharmacology, while psychology graduates may wish to increase their knowledge and familiarity with treatment options. It is for this reason that our course starts with introductory modules that ensure all students, regardless of their background, have a basic understanding of the core concepts that underlie the clinical, scientific and public health aspects of addiction before they embark on individual research and a more rigorous exploration of these areas.

- Course purpose

The purpose of the course is therefore to equip graduates, clinicians and others for the next stage of their career within the field of addictions.

- Course format and assessment

MSc and PGCert students will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. For a full list of required and optional modules, time spent on study and assessment criteria please see the course details section of our website http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/addiction-studies-msc-pg-cert.aspx

Career Prospects

Our graduates follow a variety of careers, including clinical specialist/director, positions in local or national organisations requiring understanding of policies dissemination at local, state, national and/or international level, manager of addictions services, drug worker, substance misuse nurse specialist, psychology assistant, research assistant, or undertake further study, such as PhD or the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Find out how to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/Masters-Scholarships.aspx

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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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. Read more
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.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/addiction-psychology-counselling-pgdip-msc

Modules

All modules are assessed by coursework including essays, observational assessments and reports, professional logs, a case study and project proposals.

Year 1:
- Theoretical foundations of addiction and counselling psychology
- Therapeutic counselling theory and practice
- Professional practice in addiction counselling

Year 2:
- Advanced addiction psychology
- Advanced theory and practice in therapeutic counselling
- Research methods in professional practice

Year 3:
- Research project in addiction psychology/therapy

Employability

There is a rapidly increasing demand for addiction counsellors in health and social services and a variety of community settings. Students may apply to the Alcohol Research (UK) for financial support to cover the cost of fees. Employers are also frequently prepared to give financial support to those counsellors, nurses, social and community workers and others whose employment involves working with those who are experiencing problems associated with addiction.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

The course has developed close links with leading treatment providers, e.g. drug and alcohol teams in the public and charitable sectors, residential and day care treatment providers in the private sector, thereby facilitating the clinical placement of our students. This has also ensured that the course, whilst remaining intellectually stimulating and academically well informed, has a firm foundation in practical application. As a consequence our students are normally able to secure the required professional placements during the course and appropriate employment in addiction services operated by the public, private or independent sectors.

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Humber’s Addictions and Mental Health graduate certificate program will empower you with the knowledge and skills you need for a rewarding career. Read more
Humber’s Addictions and Mental Health graduate certificate program will empower you with the knowledge and skills you need for a rewarding career. Learn to deliver responsive, culturally relevant, client-centred assessment and treatment to diverse individuals and groups. Practise ways to effectively collaborate and transform lives as a valuable part of a professional support team.

You will acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities required by front-line workers and supervisors in order to deliver effective addictions and mental health services while promoting empowerment, self-determination and optimum quality of life to individuals with addictions and mental health issues.

Recovery principles, empowerment practice, and the impact of early and ongoing trauma in the lives of individuals across the lifespan are examined in the curriculum.

You will have an opportunity to provide evidence-informed clinical and educational services to diverse individuals and groups experiencing addictions and mental health related challenges.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
• Analyze and apply current knowledge and services in the addictions and mental health fields using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework.
• Provide and evaluate holistic, client-centred, gender-based, and culturally relevant assessments and interventions to individuals, groups and families within social and cultural contexts across the lifespan.
• Integrate skills and knowledge from a range of frameworks and contexts in addictions, mental health and concurrent disorders to provide non-biased services to women and those from diverse and varied populations.
• Educate individuals, families, groups and the community regarding issues and approaches through knowledge translation, knowledge exchange and the dissemination of relevant and current research and practice via formal and informal education.
• Access, utilize and advocate for culturally sensitive community supports and services for individuals, families and the community.
• Actively participate in and contribute to, relevant networks, groups and organizations promoting development, improvement and advancement in the fields of addictions and mental health.
• Work collaboratively within interprofessional teams providing ethical, effective, timely, and coordinated holistic services.
• Practice ethical and responsible behaviour in all aspects of work.
• Research and integrate the contribution and the participation of the client, family, and community as partners in designing and implementing care and services.

Modules

Semester 1

• ADMH 5001: Introduction to Addictions, Mental Health, and Concurrent Disorders
• ADMH 5002: Introduction to Counselling
• ADMH 5003: Chemical Dependency and Substance Use and Abuse
• ADMH 5004: Community Services and Supports in Addictions and Mental Health
• ADMH 5005: Holistic Assessment and Interventions: Determinants of Health
• ADMH 5006: Counselling Gender and Diversity
• ADMH 5007: Ethics, Professionalism and Inter-professional Teams
• ADMH 5016: Field Placement Preparation 1

Semester 2

• ADMH 5008: Group Counselling for Addictions and Mental Health Practitioners
• ADMH 5009: Motivational Interviewing and Change Theory Practice
• ADMH 5010: Working with Youth and Families
• ADMH 5011: Impulse Control Disorders and Behavioural Addiction
• ADMH 5012: An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practice
• ADMH 5013: Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange in Addictions and Mental Health
• ADMH 5014: Field Placement Preparation 2

Semester 3

• ADMH 5015: Practicum and Special Topics Seminar

Work Placement

Use and sharpen new skills while gaining crucial on-the-job work experience during a mandatory eight-week, full-time practicum that takes place in semester three. The placement, which is unpaid, is arranged with the assistance of a field placement co-ordinator.

Your Career

Qualify for employment in various organizations including community mental health and addictions services, residential treatment centres, hospitals, children’s centres, services for women, homeless shelters, youth and family services, services for Aboriginal people, ethnocultural centres, and crisis response services.

Our graduates seek career opportunities such as community support worker, team leader, housing worker, case manager, clinician, counsellor, crisis worker, addictions counsellor and mental health worker.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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