Details for Understanding Addictions

This subject aims to equip students to understand the issues and dynamics surrounding the development of addictions and the focus of particular addictions. It will focus on a range of addictive behaviours. Students will examine the causes, characteristics, consequences and management associated with addictions.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSE505
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Understanding Addictions

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Examine a range of theories that examine addiction and evaluate the cause, development and effects of different types of addiction;
  2. Examine the complex effects of various substance-related disorders at personal, family and community levels and identify appropriate counselling or treatment approaches to help clients and their families with substance-related disorders;
  3. Identify appropriate community resource and/or facilities and professionals that you could work with or refer to as a professional counsellor;
  4. Identify the ethical and legal issues involved in addictions counselling and develop a self-care plan suitable for a professional working in this area of specialisation .

Subject Content

  • Review several cognitive behavioural therapies with a primary focus given to the more prominent cognitive behavioural approaches
  • The application and practice of cognitive behavioural therapy techniques
  • Developing the art of Socratic dialogue in guiding clients in significant self-discoveries
  • Structuring and formatting cognitive behavioural therapy sessions
  • Limitations of cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Facilitating student self-awareness
  • Understanding the connection between cognitive processes and distress

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)
  • Extensive (5 days spread over the semester)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Exam (20%)
  • Case Study Analysis with Session Planning (50%)
  • Presentation (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Mack, A.H., Brady, K.T., Miller, S.I., & Frances, R.J., (2016), Clinical Textbook of Addictive Behaviours (4th Edition), NY: Guildford Press
  • West, R., & Brown, J., (2013), Theory of Addiction (2nd edition), Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell 

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any texts