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Continuing Professional Development in Responding to Problem Gambling - Cert

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Course Outline

The Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Responding to Problem Gambling is specifically designed to equip a wide range of addiction counsellor/psychotherapists, drug and alcohol treatment professionals, mental health and social care professionals and volunteers with the knowledge and skills to help and support those affected by problem gambling in Ireland. The programme as designed will engage students in a sustained process of learning that describes the various types of gambling markets and specific land-based and online activities that have the potential to be problematic for individuals and society.

Students will understand the role of gambling policy, legislation and social norms that can shape an individuals’ gambling behaviour. While current understandings of problem gambling tend to locate the problem within the individual, this programme will also focus on the wider societal, cultural, economic, ethnic, gambling products and gambling industry influences that add to the complexity and multi-dimensional processes at the core of the problem gambling phenomenon.

The course will be delivered wholly online including online interactive webinars and interactive online workshops. The course also incorporates a range of digital learning technologies and will create opportunities for interaction with other professionals and volunteers dealing with problem gambling presentations.

Course Queries

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator Orna Hayes at orna.hayes@ucc.ie or Dr Robert O Driscoll at robert.odriscoll@ucc.ie. 

For Online Application Support please click here. 

If you require further assistance with your online application please contact the Programme Administrator Siobhan Hosford at siobhanhosford@ucc.ie. 

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The course will be delivered over a 12-week period online during one academic semester, with commencement dates in both September and January. It comprises an online interactive webinar series with workshop components (in a virtual learning environment). The course will also include a continuous assessment process including low-stakes testing and performances of understanding using digital technologies to engage students in a sustained process of learning.

This course design is based on the given realities of COVID-19 and as a sustainable model, which facilitates the open access of the course to as many of the addiction counsellors/psychotherapists treatment professionals, mental health and social care professionals around the island of Ireland and internationally.

This Course is delivered Online on Wednesday Evenings with two Saturday Workshops

Course Practicalities

This course provides an exciting prospect for addiction counsellors / psychotherapists to undertake a Certificate in Continuing Professional Development. This course has been designed to upskill addiction counsellors in the treatment of gambling addiction. Tabor Group will fund 70% of the course fees which students can redeem upon completion of the course. The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) and the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (IACP) have also pre-approved this programme for its members as meeting the annual requirement for Continuing Professional Development with 30 CPD points allocated. As such, this course offers CPD accreditation requirements plus the funding for student places.

For one evening per week for 12 weeks (plus two Saturday morning workshops), students will be expected to attend 42 hours of online interactive lectures and workshops. They will be provided 12-20 supporting tutorial hours that will include low-stakes testing and performances of understanding as part of continuing assessment; 12 hours of engagement in online activities including discussion forums and whiteboard activities in small groups, plus approximately 60 hours of self-directed learning. Students will also complete two assignments.

Why Choose This Course

The Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Responding to Problem Gambling programme will provide professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary for specialist problem gambling interventions. It will be accessible to addiction counsellors/psychotherapists, addiction treatment professionals, mental health and social care professionals and volunteers.

This programme will meet the annual continuing professional development requirements of the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) and the Irish Association of Counsellors and psychotherapists with 30 CPD points allocated.

Tabor Group will provide funding for 70% of the course fees to each student redeemable on completion of the programme. Students will be liable for only 30% of the total cost of the course.

Skills and Careers Information

This programme will meet the annual continuing professional development requirements of the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) and the Irish Association of Counsellors and psychotherapists with 30 CPD points allocated.

Requirements

Candidates should be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application and:

  • Have a minimum Level 7 qualification in addiction counselling/psychotherapy
  • Hold appropriate Accreditation by the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) or equivalent Accrediting Bodies.

In  certain cases  applicants  not  meeting  the  above  criteria  will  be  considered  for  entry  based  on  successfully  demonstrating  that  they  hold  an  equivalent professional qualification in a health and social care setting or practice experience relevant to the course aims and objectives. Such applicants may be interviewed.

Fees and Costs

 €640.

Candidates will be required to pay 100% of the course fees upon registration. Tabor Group will provide funding for 70% of the course fees to each student, redeemable on completion of the programme. Therefore, students will be liable for only 30% of the total cost of the course (€192)

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How Do I Apply

UCC identifies the following technical requirements checklist for students:

1.    You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.

2.    Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments and exams.

3.    You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).

4.    We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.

5.    You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students have access to Office 365. By going to https://portal.office.com/account/. you can download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office,  which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc.

Applicants will additionally require basic computing proficiency skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
 
Select the following options:
 
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

Candidates will be asked to supply an application form to ACE via the CRM system prior to the closing date that will request them to present a 200 word statement indicating their reasons for applying for the course. Applicants may be invited for an interview.



 

 

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