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Addiction Psychology  

COURSE NAME: Certificate course in Addiction Psychology

FEES: £ 299 / US$ 470 / € 390

PRELUDE: Addiction is the continued repetition of a behaviour despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviours.

While addiction can be of substance or behaviour, this course focusses on substance addiction.

Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its "normal" functioning. This state creates the conditions of tolerance and withdrawal.

Tolerance is the process by which the body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve the original effects. Withdrawal refers to physical and psychological symptoms experienced when reducing or discontinuing a substance that the body has become dependent on. Symptoms of withdrawal generally include but are not limited to anxiety, irritability, intense cravings for the substance, nausea, hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this Certificate Course in Addiction Psychology is to educate students with relevant information and actionable knowledge on the problem of Addiction. Students will gain insight into the causes of substance and behavioural addiction. They will also learn how to better assess addiction situations and intervene appropriately.

SUITABLE FOR: Students, Carers, Family and Friends of Addicts, Support staff of psychologists, teachers and others interested in the field of substance abuse.


CERTIFICATE: Certificate of Completion


PROGRAM APPROX. Length: Six Months



  • Understanding Addiction
  • The Hazards of Drug Abuse
  • Drug Classification
  • Models of Addiction
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Bowen's Family Systems Theory
  • Brickman’s Compensatory Model
  • Addiction Treatments
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • The Process Of Counselling And The Cycle Of Change
  • Stages of Counselling
  • Drugs & Crime
  • Drug-related Diseases
  • Drug Use and Drug Policy
  • Alcohol and Drug Education
  • Management of alcohol-and-drug-related issues in the workplace
  • Case Study
  • Co-Dependency
  • Impact on Children
  • Parenting Guidelines
  • Al-Anon
  • Addiction Distortions
  • The Intervention Approach
  • Counselling for Relatives of Problem Drinkers
  • Counsellor Qualities
  • Integrative Counselling Skills Model

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Certificate Course in Addiction Psychology