Course information


Provider: Urrus and University College Dublin

Address: Horizons Centre, Balcurris Road, Ballymun, Dublin 11


Contact: Laura O’Reilly

Title: Training Centre Co-ordinator


Telephone: 01 846 7980 / 01 842 5726

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

This comprehensive and professional course is run by URRÚS in partnership with University College Dublin and intended to provide participants with a range of skills and knowledge both academic and practical which will enhance their effectiveness in responding to the complex issue of drug and alcohol misuse within a community environment. This one year intensive programme leading to a NFQ Level 7 Diploma is based on community development principles and uses adult learning approaches in its delivery. The programme is accepted as part fulfilment of the educational requirements for membership of Addiction Counsellors of Ireland and offers a progression pathway to B.Soc Science with UCD.


The modules covered during the course are:

• Nature and Context of Addiction
• Community and Group Work Theory and Practice
• Understanding Prevention and Support in a Community Setting
• Introduction to Irish Social Policy / Drug and Alcohol Policy
• Introduction to Counselling
• Reflective Practice
• Approaches to Treatment and Rehabilitation
• Motivational Interviewing
• Professional Work Practice
• Community Research Methods

Target Group

People who wish to return to education and enhance their skills and knowledge in the area of addiction and enter the mainstream university system.

Entry Requirement

The Diploma is designed to provide a progression route for those who have already completed the Community Addiction Studies Course© or equivalent. Participants must have the capacity to complete a course at NUI Diploma Level 7, however this capacity is understood in the light of the principles of Adult Education. Participants must be over the age of 21.

Selection Procedure

Initially by application and then by interview. 

For further information and application form please contact or call 01-8467980. Or see

Level 7 Diploma – Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work.
Assessment methods used include: written assignments; practical skill assessments; exams; presentations; and a learning journal. Assessment is carried out throughout the course as individual modules are completed.
Remove The Diploma Course is accepted as part fulfillment of the Education Requirements for accredited membership of the ACI.

The Diploma Course was developed in response to the need for a progression route for people who have participated in the Community Addiction Studies Course©; and also it provides a much needed source of further training to those already involved in the drugs/addiction area, whether this be in the community, voluntary or statutory sector.

Dates / Availability
One-year course, from September to May. It is delivered one day each week on Tuesdays (10am-5pm), plus three Thursdays (6:30pm-9:30pm) and seven Saturdays (10am-5pm), over the academic year.
URRUS Training Centre, Horizons Centre, Balcurris Rd, Ballymun, Dublin 11, and NUI University College Dublin, Belfield Campus, Dublin
Application can be made by application form only, please note closing date for application is June. Contact or phone 01 8467980
€2,300 course fee is non-refundable, and is due in full at registration. Payment options available. An administration fee of €25 is required with your completed application.