Course information


Provider: NUI Maynooth

Address: Department of Adult and Community Education, NUI Maynooth, Co Kildare


Contact: Administrator

Title: n.a.


Telephone: 01 708 6062

Category C : Courses leading to a professional or academic qualification (NFQ level 6 and higher)

1. To provide participants with a broad view of key theoretical framework and practical debates which arise in relation to substance misuse and dependence
2. To enable participants develop basic helping and intervention skills in the field of drug and alcohol misuse
3. To enhance participants’ knowledge of social and community issues relevant to substance misuse and dependence
4. To heighten participants’ awareness in relation to personal, organisational and vocational issues which may arise in the course of their work within the field of substance misuse.


Module 1: Group work & facilitation skills/reflective learning
Module 2: Substance misuse and dependence
Module 3: Drug & alcohol misuse in contemporary Ireland
Module 4: Approaches to prevention treatment & rehabilitation

Target Group

The course is aimed at people aged 21 and over.

Entry Requirement

Participants must be 21 years of age or over. It is preferable that applicants have:
• Experience of working in a community setting.
• Experience of working with alcohol and/or drug-related problems.
• Openness to reflect on one’s own practice attitudes and beliefs.
• Commitment to learning in a group setting.

Applicants must submit a short essay describing their reasons for applying.

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Selection Procedure

On the basis of a written application and essay.

School campuses: 

Maynooth University Cork College of Commerce (Tel: 086 833 7598) Start date: Oct. 2016 For Fees, Times and Days check with venue.

• Clondalkin, Dublin (Tel: 01 4579445/ 086 8581787) 

• Donahies, Dublin (Tel: 01 8482217/ 01 8473522) 

• Limerick (Tel: 065 6865852) 

• Bluebell/Inchicore 

Certificate in Addiction Studies
85% minimum attendance. Participation in class. Completion of relevant assignments/projects.
National University of Ireland. NFQ Level 7

This course has been running in various locations for a number of years.

Dates / Availability
October until end of May each year. This course is 100 hours and may involve 3 - 4 Saturdays throughout the year.
NUI Maynooth and other locations nationwide. Please refer to the Continuing Education Brochure for further details. Telephone 01 7084500 or visit the website.
Apply to College.
Contact the college.