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BA Hons Counselling Addiction 1yr Add-on

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Application Form for BA Hons Counselling Addiction 1yr Add-on

Further details below on application requirements for this course

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.

The purpose of this one year add on programme is to educate existing counsellors to NFQ level 8.

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 course and to practise as Counsellors following successful completion of their course 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

Where applicable, applicants must be a minimum of 2 years post a personal recovery process or treatment before applying for this course. Please note: Where a student at any stage of the course demonstrates active substance misuse the student will be required to defer their course for 1 year while working towards regaining sobriety. 


  • 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 course.
  • The University’s policy in relation to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will apply.
  • Recommendation from interview panel (score above threshold).


The BA (Honours) in Counselling with Addiction course is a collaborative course 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 course will be delivered by a team of experienced practising addiction counsellors and third level academic staff in Galilee House of Studies, Athy, Co. Kildare.

The second semester will commence in January 2023, and will run every Saturday for 12 weeks, excluding the Mid Term Break and Easter 2023.  Student accommodation inquiries can be made to Galilee House for availability and a nightly B&B rate.

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.


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