Singapore University of Social Sciences

Theories and Practice in Addiction Counselling

Theories and Practice in Addiction Counselling (COU557)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


This course is designed to promote knowledge and understanding of the core functions and competencies of the addiction counsellor. Students will be exposed to the varied aspects and challenges involved in the assessment and treatment process of addiction. This course will also look at the professional and ethical issues unique to the field of addiction counselling.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • The 12 Core Functions of the Addiction Counsellor
  • The Nature of Addiction
  • Case Management
  • Counselling Skills for the Addiction Counsellor
  • Problem Gambling
  • Professional Responsibilities & Ethics
  • Co-occurring Disorders

Learning Outcome

  • Examine major theories on the etiology of addictive behaviours.
  • Appraise biological predispositions and psychological factors implicated in addiction and recovery.
  • Assess socialisation processes and spiritual influences implicated in addiction and recovery.
  • Discuss the progression of problem gambling.
  • Debate current and emergent professional concerns in the field of addiction counselling.
  • Defend the need for specialised skills in addiction counselling.
  • Assemble an overview on the 12 core functions of the addiction counsellor.
  • Appraise the physiological, psychological and spiritual consequences of addiction.
  • Distinguish between social gambling and problem gambling.
  • Plan and conduct intake and assessment of clients.
  • Recommend appropriate treatment plans for the client and his/her family.
  • Evaluate the need for early and brief interventions for addiction counselling
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