Details for Working with Addictions

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC537
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Working with Addictions

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

Unit Content


  1. Critique a range of theories of addiction and evaluate the cause, development and effects;
  2. Examine a range of addictions, including personal, family and community factors, and ethical and legal issues;
  3. Analyse appropriate intervention or treatment approaches, including professional and community-based services, and resources;
  4. Formulate an approach to ongoing professional development, self-care and wellbeing.

Subject Content

  • History & trends of addiction counselling
  • Brain & Pathophysiology
  • Theories: Part 1
  • Theories: Part 2
  • Sex & pornography addiction
  • Alcohol
  • Substances (e.g., Alcohol, Nicotine, cocaine, opioids, stimulants)
  • Behavioural addictions (Internet, gaming, work, food, exercise, gambling, shopping etc.)
  • Treatment models (Individual therapy, cognitive therapy, group therapy)
  • Treatment models (Family therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy)
  • Relapse management

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

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

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any texts