Course Structure and Content
The duration of the course is 52 weeks, commencing in October of each year.There are four ten weekly terms, with breaks during and between each term.
The course programme consists of a number of modules that allow students to focus on different aspects of addiction, linking theoretical understanding with clinical practice.Workbooks are sent out, accompanied with a video for each term.The workbooks provide the opportunity for structured learning activities with weekly updates.There are also residential study days, allowing students to meet each other and tutors from St. George’s University of London.
Addictive Behaviour: Theoretical Perspectives
Principles of assessment and history taking
Intervention strategies: managing interventions in drug and alcohol misuse
HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other infectious diseases allied to substance misuse
Addictive behaviour: Education and Prevention
Addictive Behaviour in special populations
Organisation and Management issues
There will be telephone tutorial support available at specified times and email support.There is also an answer phone facility.There is an induction day at the beginning of the course so that students can meet other students and staff from St. George’s University of London.Each student will be allocated a tutor. The tutors will act in a supportive role, providing advice and guidance as requested.This level of support is backed up by 6 residential days at St. George’s University of London.
Students will provide two essays, one case study, a critical appraisal, a written examination and viva voce examination (if appropriate).Progress is continually monitored and assessed throughout the year; personal records of learning (log books) are issued to facilitate effective self-assessment.
The course is intended for nurses, doctors, psychologists, social workers, criminal justice system staff, probation officers, occupational therapists and health educators working in the drug/alcohol or HIV field.
Applicants should have a first degree in health or social care subject and at least two years’ relevant experience.Professionals without first degrees who have a minimum of three years’ relevant experience will be considered for entry, but will be asked to complete an essay as part of the admission procedure.
Participants who have successfully fulfilled the requirements of the course will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Addictive Behaviour. The Postgraduate Diploma is accredited as Year 1 MSc in Addictive Behaviour.