This unit of study is an advanced unit designed to develop students' knowledge when working with addictive behaviours. The unit builds on the foundation units in the first year of the Master of Counselling (APT5035: Theories and Techniques of Counselling and APT 5060/5062: Applied Techniques of Counselling/Applied Techniques of Counselling: Child and Adolescents) to further develop students' knowledge of working with addictions. The unit will assist students to work effectively with a range of addictive behaviours, including alcohol and other drugs, and gambling. The unit will assist students to develop skills in assessment related to addictive behaviours and relevant treatment modalities when working with this population. The unit will utilise a range of teaching methods, including didactic instruction, in class activities, counselling role play and demonstration.

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APT5060 - Applied Techniques of Counselling



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the varying schools of psychological orientation and their approach to the assessment and treatment of addictions;  
  2. Investigate and critique the different types of addictive behaviours (AOD, Gambling) in a variety of contexts (ie cultural);  
  3. Evaluate treatment plans for a range of addictive behaviours; and  
  4. Implement and evaluate a treatment plan addressing a particular addictive behaviour.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Review of literature related to the treatment of addictive behaviour (3500 words) 50%
Case Study Literature review and treatment plan addressing a mock client presenting with an substance use disorder/addictive behaviour (3500 words) 50%
The total assessment word equivalence for this unit is approximately 7-8000 words

Required reading

Substance Abuse Treatment: Options, Challenges, and Effectiveness.
Mignon, S. (2014)
US: Springer

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