- One semester/teaching period
- 36 hours
On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.
2023 teaching periods
Higher Ed. Semester 1
Last self enrolment:
Last withdraw without fail:
GC-COU Graduate Certificate of Counselling
GD-COU Graduate Diploma of Counselling
MA-COU Master of Counselling
Aims and objectives
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Demonstrate and apply advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in addiction counselling.
2. Analyse and evaluate the difference between problematic substance use and addiction, the factors that are involved in substance use, and the process of recovery.
3. 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.
4. Communicate knowledge and skills in the field of addiction counselling in oral and written format.
Courses with unit
Unit information in detail
- Teaching methods, assessment, general skills outcomes and content.
This unit will involve up to 150 hours of work including:
Hours per week
Number of Weeks
Face to Face Contact
Specified Learning Activities
Unspecified Learning Activities
Independent study, assignment preparation, revision
Tasks and Details
Individual or Group
Unit Learning Outcomes that this assessment task relates to
1, 2, 4
Case study report
1, 2, 3, 4
Role play and Analysis
Group / Individual
1, 3, 4
General skills outcomes
• Teamwork skills
• Analysis skills
• Problem solving skills
• Communication skills
• Ability to tackle unfamiliar problems
• Ability to work independently
• 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
- Reading materials.