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The MSc is a well-established route to a professional career in counselling in the addictions field. Accredited by Addiction Professionals (formerly the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals) 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 are seeking a career in counselling, you'll have particular interest in this programme. Some work experience in health, community and social service settings, and/or some background in counselling/psychological helper skills is normally required to join the course. It is also 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.
*Completion of year 2 of the course results in eligibility for the Addiction Professionals 'Drug and Alcohol Professional Certificate'. Additional practice hours are required to be eligible for the Addiction Professionals National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate.
All modules are assessed by coursework including essays, observational assessments and reports, professional logs, a case study and project proposals.
There is a rapidly increasing demand for addiction counsellors in health and social services and a variety of community settings, and also in private practice. Employers are often prepared to give financial support for training and other incentives to those counsellors, nurses, social and community workers and others whose employment involves working with those who are experiencing problems associated with addiction.
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The PgDip Addiction Psychology and Counselling meets the required training component for professional accreditation by the Addiction Professionals.
Our students have conducted their placements in various 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. 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 of the clinical component of the course, our students are able to secure appropriate employment in addiction services operated by the public, private or independent sectors.
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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. A CPCAB-Accredited Level 2 Certificate in Clinical Skills is highly recommended in order to secure a placement. This qualification can be obtained independently alongside your first semester on the course. Level 3 qualifications and an interest in research are highly desirable.
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 Second Class Honours Lower Division/ Plus relevant experience indicative of a motivation to specialise in the addictions area.
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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