Counselling for Addictions

Unit code: APT6005 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Flinders


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 (APT6016,  APT6017 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, gambling and internet addiction. 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. It is anticipated that successful completion of the unit will enable students the skills to work effectively with clients presenting with addictive/substance use disorders.

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. Critically analyse the different types of addictive behaviours across a variety of contexts; and
  3. Apply evidence-based models of addiction in the formulation of intervention plans.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Annotated Bibliography
Grade: 25%
Research and review 5 peer reviewed journal articles in relation to counselling of an addiction (1500 words)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 25%
Critical reflection on role play video of counselling session (1500 words)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 50%
Critically analyse counselling theories and strategies to formulate a response to the case study (3000 words)

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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