BA Hons Counselling Addiction 1yr Add-on

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) In Counselling With Addiction 1yr Add-on

What is Counselling With Addiction 1yr Add-on

Counselling involves talking and listening to clients about their emotions, relationships, thought processes, patterns of behaviour or life events, such as bereavement, addiction, divorce, health issues or job concerns.

Counsellors help clients to understand themselves better and find their own solutions to resolve or cope with their situation or issues. Counsellors play a crucial role in improving the health and wellbeing of people in society.

Please Note:
As part of the registration process, it is necessary to determine the applicant’s mental and physical health competence to undertake a Bachelor of Arts with Addiction programme and to practise as Counsellors following successful completion of their programme and must provide a completed Medical Certificate of competence signed by their Doctor.
Download: Medical Certificate of Competence for the BA in Counselling with Addiction


  • Applicants must be 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of entry AND hold an NFQ Level 7 in Counselling (or equivalent) AND are accredited as counsellors with the IACP or ACI or NAPCP.
  • Where English is not the applicant’s first language, they must provide documentary evidence indicating a minimum of 6.0 IELTS score (or equivalent).
  • Vetting by An Garda Síochána is a mandatory requirement for this programme.
  • The Institute’s policy in relation to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will apply.
  • Recommendation from interview panel (score above threshold).

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Why study Counselling With Addiction 1yr Add-on at IT, Tralee

ITT Logo and CMM The BA (Honours) in Counselling with Addiction course is a collaborative programme between the Insitute of Technology Tralee and Cuan Mhuire/Galilee House of Studies in Athy, Co. Kildare. Cuan Mhuire is Ireland’s 'largest multi-site provider of residential detoxification and treatment for those suffering from addiction.' (

The programme will be delivered by a team of experienced practising addiction counsellors and third level academic staff in Galilee House of Studies, Athy, Co. Kildare, over two semesters. The first semester will be delivered on Thursday evenings, Fridays and Saturdays over 12 weeks commencing 11th September, 2017 (excluding mid-term week commencing 30/10/2017).

The second semester will commence 22nd January 2018 and will run every Saturday for 12 weeks excluding week commencing 12/2/2018 and weeks 12/3/2018 to 31/3/2018. Student accommodation is available in Galilee House at a cost of €20 per night B&B.

What are my career opportunities

The purpose of this programme is to provide systematic training in counselling theory and practice at a level that prepares participants to counsel in a variety of settings and to use various counselling approaches.

Counselling is a growing and evolving profession in Ireland and internationally. Also, addiction in recent years is becoming an increasing problem in Ireland, with the Government pledging to increase funding in the area of mental health initiatives as part of the national counselling service.

Counsellors may work with individuals, couples, families or groups, and may provide counselling face-to-face, over the telephone or online. There are significant employment opportunities in the various specialised areas, such as addiction, victim support, marriage guidance, bereavement, substance abuse, homelessness, youth and community. Many counsellors work in private practice, private or public residential and non-residential youth and adult centres, schools, colleges, hospitals etc. Some choose to work in a specialised way, for example, by employing methods such as cognitive behaviour therapy or psychodynamic counselling.

Graduates of counselling and psychotherapy courses, completing studies in 2019 will be regulated under CORU, and all of the relevant Irish professional bodies will require practitioners in counselling to hold, as a minimum entry qualification, a NFQ Level 8 (Honours) Degree in counselling.

This one year course has been specifically designed to facilitate holders of an NFQ Level 7 qualification in counselling to upskill and bring their qualifications into line with the upcoming changes in regulation.

Students attending full-time third level courses can apply for grant funding from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) at
Eligibility for grants is dealt with solely by the applicant (student) and SUSI.

Tuition fees for the academic year 2017/18 are €5,000


Successful completion of the BA (Honours) in Counselling with Addiction programme will enable learners to progress their studies to masters level. The Institute of Technology Tralee, in collaboration with Cuan Mhuire/Galilee House of Studies, are planning to develop a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy. In addition, graduates will have the opportunity to undertake the masters scholarship programme offered by IT Tralee which supports learners in developing their research interests and skills to NFQ level 9.



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