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BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies

Griffith College, Ireland


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,280

Course Accredited By


  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 5% scholarship

Campus: Dublin Main Campus. 

The course is highly interactive and it has been designed specifically for those who want to become competent professional practitioners in counselling and addiction-related areas.

This course has been designed for individuals who wish to become competent professional practitioners in counselling related fields with a specific focus on addiction studies. The syllabus covers a diverse combination of theory and competence development. It centre’s on areas such as understanding mental health, the theoretical evolution of addiction, substance and non-substance addictions, addiction intervention and recovery approaches.

  • It is taught using a combination of classroom-based and skill-based learning that allows the learner to avail of blended learning to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance while equipping the learner with the confidence, skills, and competencies to work in the addiction area of Counselling & Psychotherapy. While much of the course can be accessed online, in certain modules, mainly Skills Based, attendance is a mandatory requirement.
  • Having a student-centred approach that offers mentoring and placement support is a cornerstone of this course. Therefore, during work-based learning, each student will be required to undertake 200 hours of Direct client work under strict Clinical Supervision arrangements.
  • All students are supported with Personal Development Modules in the early stages of the Programme and are required to engage in a minimum of 50 Hours of Personal Psychotherapeutic Experience (or equivalent) across the programme. PPE may commence from the Second Semester of Stage 2 of the programme and will continue until Programme Completion. In certain modules (mainly Skills Based) attendance is a mandatory requirement.
  • Addiction affects all areas of our society at all levels and its effects on individuals, families and society, in general, can be devastating. Trained professionals are required as part of the National Strategy to help improve addiction services and support those who are striving towards recovery. The decision by Government to proceed with statutory regulation of counselling and psychotherapy will enhance future employment prospects for graduates.
  • The programme is taught using a combination of classroom based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities. In certain modules, attendance may be a requirement.
  • Students will gain practical experience in all aspects of counselling which can later be applied both personally and professionally
  • Students will learn key life skills including the value of respect and genuineness, listening and understanding communication
  • Blended learning techniques allow the learner to access certain classes via on-line facilities
  • Small class sizes ensure that you get the one-on-one attention needed to perfect your counselling skills

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

Entry Requirements
To join the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • complete and submit the application form
  • applicants are required to complete an interview process, which is designed to explore your reasons for taking the programme and to ensure that it is suitable for your needs. ICHAS is committed to ensuring that the programme you are on is right for you.
  • Complete the Garda vetting procedure.
  • English language proficiency certificates (e.g. IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent) if applicable. Learn more. 
  • If you are under 23 years of age and applying for the full-time programme, you must apply through the CAO website. Normally this requires applicants who have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate programme and have obtained a minimum of 250 points. A minimum grade of D1 in English is stipulated.

English Language

  • If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.


  • Psychopathology
  • Principles and Practice of Group Therapy
  • Contemporary Discourses in Counselling and Addiction Studies
  • Managing Process and Behavioural Addictions
  • Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills and Practice
  • Final Year Project
  • Applied Practice
  • Elective Module

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR300.00 and a 2% Protection of Enrolled Learners Fee is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below:

  • Study Mode: Part-Time
  • Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 3450 (Total fee payable EUR 3825).

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