SS1836: Theories of Addiction and Practical Models of Treatment

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 17, Max 34.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 4 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 6hr(s) Workshops; 2 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 4hr(s) Other (on-line discussion on Blackboard); Other (set reading material for discussion at tutorials; set course work)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, HSE South Addiction Services Staff; UCC Lecturing Staff.
Module Objective: Students will be introduced to the main theoretical models for understanding addictive behaviour - The Moral Model, The Bio-Medical Model, Disease Model, Psychological and Socio-Cultural Methods.
Module Content: Students will examine the moral, bio-medical, disease, bio-psycho-socio-cultural model, public health and harm reduction models and approaches to understanding and treating addiction.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Understand the influence addiction theory has on practice;
  • Outline, contrast and compare the major models of treatment;
  • Be able to match service user presenting needs to appropriate service provision across contemporary service delivery frameworks;
  • Explain the various levels and types of service delivery offered within the current systemic framework;
  • Describe the essential elements of different treatment approaches in community-based and residential settings;
  • Describe the various levels and type of intervention delivered in community-based and residential settings.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Group-agency visit and in-class presentation, 50 marks; 1,500 word essay excluding references, 50 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the module coordinator).

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