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Postgraduate Certificate in Addiction CounsellingMSc Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy

Validated by Middlesex University.

There is a growing awareness of the widespread harm caused by addiction to individuals, families and society at large and an evolving shift of reliance from a medically based model of treatment to engaging in Talking Therapies. In an experiential and participative environment, this course offers students the opportunity to acquire key skills and theoretical knowledge to effectively engage with the addiction recovery process.


The MSc Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy is validated by Middlesex University and designed for professionals (counsellors/psychotherapists, doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers and psychologists) considering or currently working in the field of addiction. Members of Addiction Counsellors Ireland (ACI) may wish to hone their skills and knowledge base and/or enhance their qualifications to meet the academic requirements under the pending Statutory Registration and Regulation of Counsellors and Psychotherapists legislation.



On completion of the course, students will have developed an advanced competency and proficiency working with clients presenting with addiction problems. They will more fully understand the complex and challenging nature of addiction and recovery both for the client and the counsellor being more informed of the presently diverse and fragmented approach to working with addiction. They will be well placed to influence attitudes and affect policy in the workplace, community and society.


"The programme will explore key issues in addiction in the context of current theory and skills approaches. The course will be experiential in approach to group discussion, dyad and tryad work and skills practice." Read Programme Leader Eoin Stephen's Course Blog here 



Course Details

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Venues: Dublin & *Belfast (click here for further details).


Duration: Two years, part-time. 


Next Start Date:  Autumn 2019 - Applications available soon!


Application Deadline: 25th August 2019 


Timetable: The course will take place at weekends (Saturday & Sunday, approx. 1 weekend per month from October to June) and the full provisional timetable will be available shortly. 

Award: Middlesex University MSc Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy

Level: Level 7 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 9 NFQ)


*This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by PCI College;  awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.


Selection Process: There are a limited number of places available (18). Selection is based on application and interview.


If you have more questions about the course, call us now at 01-464 2268 or add your details to the purple Questions Box above and we'll get back to you shortly.

Each module is 30 hours duration


Year 1 Modules: 60 credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits)


  • Theories of Addictive Behaviour: History & Current Situation
  • Generic & Specific Therapy Skills for Addiction
  • Drugs of Abuse: Biological, Psychological & Social Aspects
  • The Motivational Interviewing Approach

Year 2 Modules: 60 credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits)


  • Behavioural Addictions: Gambling, Sex etc.
  • The CBT Approach to Working with Addiction
  • The Family Dimension in Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis: Common Mental Health Problems in Addiction


MSc Component: 60 credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits)

  • Case Study & Dissertation


Additional Course Requirements:

  • 100 hours Clinical placement / Client work
  • 25 sessions with a qualified supervisor to review client work
  • 20 hours Personal Therapy - 10 of these hours must be completed before commencing Client Work.



Middlesex University MSc Addiction Counselling & Psychotherapy



Assessment: Written and practical assignments



The course is designed to give learners a working understanding of the theories, process and dynamics of addiction in an ever-changing biopsychosocial context with a strong focus on effective, evidence-based approaches to treatment and counselling. It addresses the ever-pervasive influence of the internet and how it exacerbates the deleterious effects of Behavioural Addictions such as compulsive gambling, sexual addiction and gaming. Consideration is also given to broader mental health and dual diagnosis issues.  



In partnership with Middlesex University



Validated by Middlesex University


What our Students Say

"The skills part of it was very interesting and the tutor managed to make it very clear with examples"
Certificate Student 2013, Dublin West

What our Students Say

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Johanne Kenny - BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Student
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