Students will develop an understanding of the theoretical models of addictive behaviour from a biological, psychological, and social-learning theory perspective. Different types of addictive behaviours will be covered as well as individual, group and community based treatments. The stages of addiction are addressed in the context of a biopsychosocial model of addiction. A further aim is to examine issues related to addiction, including dual diagnosis, happiness and contentment, and resistance.


PSC70001 Addiction Counselling


Admission into:
GC-COU Graduate Certificate of Counselling
GD-COU Graduate Diploma of Counselling
MA-COU Master of Counselling

HAYC412 - Addiction Counselling (Discontinued) and HAYC426 - Addiction Counselling (Discontinued) and HAYC513 - Addiction Counselling (Discontinued) 

Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and apply advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in addiction counselling
  • Analyse and evaluate the difference between problematic substance use and addiction, the factors that are involved in substance use, and the process of recovery
  • Critically analyse and apply the different techniques that can be used to engage willing and mandated clients with substance use issues in a counselling context
  • Communicate knowledge and skills in the field of addiction counselling using written discussions and case studies

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
2.50 12 weeks 30
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
7.00 12 weeks 84


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AnalysisIndividual/Group 50% 1,3,4 
Case Study ReportIndividual 40% 1,2,3,4 
Online AssignmentIndividual 10% 1,2,4 


  • Substance use in Australia and understanding addiction
  • Understanding the process of change and motivation to change
  • The first session
  • Complex clients /assessment and treatment planning
  • Treating triggers and moderating factors
  • Prescription medication abuse
  • Mutual aid programs
  • Towards happiness and contentment

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.