Working with Addictions

This elective unit aims to equip chaplains and carers with knowledge and skills to be able to provide care and support to people with addictions, as well as their close friends, families and communities. 

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC003
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator:


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Working with Addictions

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

Unit Content


  1. Establish the context for alcohol and drug addiction work
  2. Identify appropriate community resource and/or facilities and professionals that you could work with or refer to as a professional counsellor
  3. Apply understanding of context of addiction to practice
  4. Integrate the core values and principles of work with additions into practice
  5. Apply understanding of the impact of values in working with addictions practice

Subject Content

  1. Different perspectives on addiction/s
  2. Types of addictions including: alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping, love/sex
  3. Outlining the components of a holistic approach with clients and those affected by addictions
  4. Developmental perspectives of substance abuse & addictions
  5. Assessment, evaluation and referral processes
  6. Treatment of addictions
  7. Ethical issues in counselling addictions
  8. Preventive interventions

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Intensives + E-learning (online) as follows: 1 x one day Intensives = 6 hours + approx 114 hours additional online lectures, time for research, writing, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.

Note: The one -day Intensive is required to complete this unit.

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

Assessment Methods

  • Group Presentation (30%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Reflective Journal Summary (30%)