Details for Understanding Addictions

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC011
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Sharon Clark

Awards offering Understanding Addictions

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

Unit Content


  1. Recognise a range of addiction theories and analyse the cause, development and effects of different types of addiction;
  2. Acquire relevant technical and communication skills to apply an understanding of addictions in a range of contexts including, alcohol and other drug work;
  3. Identify appropriate community resources, facilities and professionals you could work with or refer to as a Chaplain;
  4. Express the core values and principles of work with additions into practice;
  5. Identify the ethical and legal issues involved in working with people with addictions.

Subject Content

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

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)
  • Intensives

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

Assessment Methods

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