Community Addiction Studies 
QQI level 5

Community Addiction Studies will be delivered via Zoom between July and September in 2022. The course will be delivered over 8 two-hour sessions and 8 one-hour discussion groups. There will also be 2 weeks of self-directed learning where participants will be encouraged to independently study and research. Participants will be asked to submit various pieces of work in order to meet the necessary learning outcomes below.

Course Duration: 8 weeks (3 hours a week)

Number of Places Available: 3

Who Should Attend?
This course is mainly aimed at people who are already working in support services, healthcare, education or any setting which may bring them into contact with individuals who use substances or family members of people who use substances. The course aims to assist people in becoming more confident in their knowledge of approaches to take and relevant services when assisting or supporting these individuals.

Dates & Venues:
July 6th to Sept 21st (Wed 2-4 and Fri 2-3 excluding last two week in August)

Trainer:
Liam O Loughlin, Community Liaison Worker

Course Description:
Community Addiction Studies will be delivered via Zoom between July and September in 2022. The course will be delivered over 8 two-hour sessions and 8 one-hour discussion groups. There will also be 2 weeks of self-directed learning where participants will be encouraged to independently study and research. Participants will be asked to submit various pieces of work in order to meet the necessary learning outcomes below.

Course Content:
During the course participants will be offered the opportunity to learn more about many drug and alcohol related topics such as

  • Types of drugs and their effects
  • The role the media plays in the publics understanding of drug related issues
  • The impacts of addiction on family members
  • The types of services being offered to people who use drugs
  • The types of interventions used with people who use drugs and their family members
  • Policy options that different countries use
  • And more…

Learning Outcomes:
1. Explain the process of addiction in the context of different categories of drugs and their effects on the individual.
2. Outline the effects and impacts of addiction on individuals, families and communities.
3. Analyse addiction in the context of its emotional dimensions and family dynamics.
4. Outline the trends in drug use in Ireland with a specific focus on drugs used and patterns of drug use in the local community.
5. Identify the key agencies, national and local, that respond to addiction, focusing on strategies, interventions and supports available to individuals and families.
6. Undertake and present research on an issue of addiction at community level.
7. Critically assess a range of responses to addiction in communities which target interventions at different stages of the process of addiction in terms of their intervention strategies and effectiveness.
8. Situate different responses and/or interventions within the context of a model of understanding change within the process of addiction.
9. Critically analyse the role of the media in its treatment of addiction issues.
10. Critically reflect on own values and attitudes and values to addiction in order to identify ways in which to become better involved in developing responses to addiction at a local level.

Trainer Profile:
Liam O Loughlin is a Community Liaison Worker, employed by the GRETB and funded by the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force. He has many years of experience in the field of addiction as well as delivery of training. 

Certification/Accreditation:

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