Community Addiction Studies Course QQI Level 5: open for applications until 27th Jan 2023

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Aim of Programme: The purpose of the Community Addiction Studies Course is to enable people to:

  • Learn about drugs and their effects
  • Develop an understanding of addiction
  • Examine their own attitudes
  • Become more effective in their personal responses
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to become more effective in responding to drug misuse in their own communities

  • Duration:  100 Hours (held over 20 sessions)
  • Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 27th Jan., interviewing Wednesday 1st February and start date Tuesday 7th February
  • Organisation of Programme: Part-time


The programme will run over 20 sessions – 1 evening per week).  This programme will be delivered in a blended learning format consisting of a combination of real time class-based activities and/or online sessions but hope to commence in person.  Prospective students need to be available to engage in learning and study each Tuesday evening.  It is essential that students have computer and internet access to engage with the course learning.  Please note the extent to which face-to-face class activities can take place will be dependent on prevailing Covid19 restrictions, and adjustments may be made on foot of Government advice at any time during the programme but we hope to commence in person.  Staff and students are urged to exercise caution and continue to follow the public health guidelines rigorously.


Student/Trainee Profile:

Community members who feel they would like to be more effective when it comes to drug/alcohol issues.  To be part of this course applicants should have one module at level 4 and/or relevant work/volunteering experience, also show a willingness to learn.  It is essential that you have a computer, internet access and email to engage with the course learning.


Number of Students/Trainees:

20 -25 per course.


Application Procedure:

Application form must be completed with closing date of Friday 27th January and applicants are required to take part in an interview.


Selection Procedure:

Application Committee selects participants based on completed application and interview.  Appeals can be addressed to the Course Coordinator.



Urrús is registered with QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland).  On successful completion of the programme learners will receive a component certificate in Community Addiction Studies QQI Award (Minor) Level 5 – Further Education and Training. Facilitation provided by Information & Education Programmes and tutor sessions by Urrús.


Total Cost:



Protection for Learners Policy: 

In the event that Information & Education Programmes/Urrús fails to provide the programme and certification as outlined above all payments will be refunded, financial policy and procedures available on request.


Course Time / Dates (Provisional): 

Tuesdays 7pm – 10pm – From Feb 7th through to May 30th 2023. There may be a Sat morning – 10am to 1pm, date to be confirmed.



HSE Regional Education Centre, St Brigid’s Hospital Complex, Ardee – when in person  


Course Structure:

  • Introduction
  • Drug use, misuse, and abuse
  • Drugs as participants encounter them, signs, and symptoms
  • Drugs used in participant’s community and their effects
  • Attitudes
  • Pharmaceutical information on drugs
  • The process of addiction
  • Families and the effects of addiction on families
  • Interventions at a one-to-one level
  • Intervention strategies
  • Intervention and listening skills, role play
  • Personal development
  • Referral and treatment programmes
  • Agency visits
  • Community responses to problem drug use
  • Research presentations


Methods:            Delivery of the programme is underpinned by the principles of adult education and community development.


Application Form  and more information follow the link below:

CASC info and EOI 23

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