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Community Addiction Studies Training (QQI Level 5)


The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence required to engage effectively with the issues and impacts of problematic substance use in communities. The module 5N 1834 has a credit value of 15 and is designed for learners to develop an understanding of problematic substance use, to examine their own attitudes and become more effective in their personal response.



Learning Outcomes

 Learners will be able to:

  1. Explain the process of addiction in the context of different categories of drugs and their effects on the individual

  2. Outline the effects and impacts of addiction on individuals, families and communities

  3. Analyse addiction in context of its emotional dimensions and family dynamics

  4. Outline the trends in drug use in Ireland with a specific focus on drugs used and patterns of drug use in the local community

  5. Identify the key agencies, national and local that respond to addiction focusing on strategies, interventions and supports available to individuals and families

  6. Undertake and present research on an issue of addiction at community level

  7. Critically assess a range of responses to addiction in communities which target interventions at different stages of the process of addiction in terms of their intervention strategies and effectiveness

  8. Situate different responses and or interventions within the context of a model for understanding change within the process of addiction

  9. Critically analyse the role of the media in its treatment of addiction issues

  10. Critically reflect on own values and attitudes to addiction. Identify how to become better involved in developing responses to addiction at a local level.





QQI Level 5 (5N1834)
Community Addiction Studies
Training Course

•    Substances and their effects            • Intervention strategies

•    The process of addiction            • Community responses

This course takes place from September to February
on Thursday evenings (from 6.30pm to 9.30pm) and one Saturday (from 10 am to 4 pm)


Running for 20 weeks 

The course venue is St Dominic’s Community Response Project,
(beside St Marys Boxing Club), St Dominic’s Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24


Course fee: €100.00
(Payment in full prior to commencement of the course)

All course applicants will be interviewed before places are offered

For further information/bookings please telephone 01-4148632/4620624
or email
Contact: Victor Herbert

This training is delivered by St Dominic’s Community Response Project 
and is funded by the Tallaght Drugs & Alcohol Task Force


Closing Date for Applicants 
Interviews will take place.



Contact Details

St. Dominic's Contact Centre, Dominics Road, Tallaght

D24 PXE8

01 46 20 624

01 414 8632

083 337 71 29

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