Addiction Counselling

PSC70001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23


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

Aims and objectives

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.

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

Master of Counselling