Urrús & University College Dublin: Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work (NFQ Level 7)

Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work

(NFQ Level 7)

Urrús & University College Dublin

Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work (NFQ level 7) - 1 Year (part-time),

pathway to Bachelor of Social Science (NFQ Level 8) - 2 years FT (Diploma acts as year 1 of 3)

This comprehensive and professional course is run by Urrús in partnership with University College Dublin and provides participants with a range of skills and knowledge that will enhance their effectiveness in responding to the complex issue of drug and alcohol misuse within a community environment. This one year, intensive programme leading to a NFQ Level 7 Diploma awarded by University College Dublin, is based on community development principles and uses adult learning approaches in its delivery. The programme offers a progression pathway to the UCD Bachelor of Social Science, a degree with considerable cachet among employers, as well as one that can provide a gateway to a variety of careers, including Social Work (when combined with the Master of Social Science – Social Work).

Information on the unique BSocSc progression route can be found on the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice website here: http://www.ucd.ie/socialpolicyworkjustice/study/undergraduateprogrammes/bsocsccommunitydrugsandalcoholpathway/

The Diploma Course is a one-year course (September-May) and it is delivered one day a week, plus three Thursday evenings and seven Saturdays over the year.

Modules covered during the course: -

  • Nature and Context of Addiction
  • Community and Groupwork Theory and Practice
  • Understanding Prevention and Support in a Community Setting
  • Introduction to Irish Social Policy / Drug and Alcohol Policy
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Reflective Practice
  • Approaches to Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Professional Work Practice
  • Community Research Methods

Eligibility: Persons over 21 who wish to develop their knowledge and skill in the area of Community Drug/Alcohol work and who have completed a Community Addiction Studies Course or equivalent. Participants must have the capacity to complete a course at NUI Diploma Level 7 (NFQ).

Urrús Premises, Horizons Centre, Balcurris Rd, Ballymun, D11.
National University of Ireland, University College Dublin, Belfield Campus.

Closing Date: Completed application forms, with relevant documentation and administration fee must be received by Tuesday 24th April 2018. The initial round of interviews will be held during the first and second week of May.

Cost: Course fee for the year is: € 2,300.00. In addition there is a one-off, non-refundable, application fee of €25.00.

Application: Please contact the number below for an application form; a ‘personal statement’ is also required which allows the applicant to identify their reasons for wishing to do the course and how it may benefit them and their community.

Further Details: The course information sheet and application form are available on our website:

If you have any other questions please phone or email the office: - ph 01 8467980 / email: urrus@byap.ie
Gabrielle Gilligan
Urrús/Ballymun Youth Action Project
3rd Floor, Horizons Centre
Balcurris Road, Ballymun, Dublin 11, D11 X2EP
Tel. 01 8467980 Fax. 01 8467981 email urrus@byap.ie web www.byap.ie

A Ballymun Youth Action Project Initiative


Dublin 11 & Dublin 4

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