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Addictive Behaviour - Single Module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health Sciences

Subject area - Psychology and Public Health

Start Dates(s): February

Duration:

One Semester, intake February

Fees:

Part-time - £1,230 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • Explore the theory and evidence-base in relation to the psychology and treatment to a wide range of addictions
  • Delivered by staff who are subject experts in their field
  • Evaluate the range of addictive and compulsive behaviours and raise awareness of the problems/risks experienced by the 'addict' in western society
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development or as part of MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies)

This module explores:

  • Definitions and explanations of addiction and addictive/compulsive behaviour, psychological, medical, social models
  • Understanding the range and forms of addictive behaviour in western society (drug abuse, alcoholism, 'shopaholics', compulsive gambling, sex addiction etc)
  • Social, psychological and sociological issues and addiction, (family dynamics, socio-cultural factors, peer group influence, demographic/'macro' factors etc)
  • Implications for the individual (and for society) of engaging in 'risky' behaviours, (legal, economic, social, health-related problems, etc)
  • Psychological and psycho-pharmacological factors in substance abuse, (awareness of the reasons for drug/alcohol addiction, individual risk assessment, physical and psychological dependence, motivational issues, problems of cessation etc.)
  • Exploring potential problems and outcomes of treatment interventions

Entry Requirements

  • A degree or evidence of your ability to study at postgraduate level
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be available for courses you have already completed at postgraduate level

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Suitable For

Relevant to a range of professionals, including counsellors, psychotherapists and psychological therapists and those dealing with addictions.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,230 per 30 credit module

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University, please complete the appropriate application form and send to the University.

Teaching

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group discussion and independent study

Assessment

Two pieces of coursework (3000 words each)

Employability

Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. You will be able to apply what you have learnt to clinical practice and improve the quality of your care.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.

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