Upcoming Training

We are offering the following training: –

  • Community Addiction Studies Course (level 5) – September 2021-March 2022
  • Urrús Keyworking, Care Planning and Case Management (level 6) – Sept. 2021-Dec. 2021
  • Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work 2021-2022 (level 7)
  • Introduction to Addiction Studies – dates to be confirmed
  • Understanding Harm Reduction & Drug Related Health Issues – date to be confirmed

Some of these programmes may be delivered online via zoom.  Prospective students need to be available to engage in learning and study on the days indicated for each programme.  It is essential that students have computer and internet access to engage with the course learning.


Community Addiction Studies Course (CASC) – QQI Award (Minor) Level 5 : September 2021-March 2022

The Community Addiction Studies Course is for anyone living or working in the community who would like to be more effective when it comes to drug/alcohol issues. This course runs over twenty weeks, one-morning each week (10am-1pm) and will run from September 2021-March 2022.  Content includes: –

  • Pharmaceutical information on drugs & their effects
  • Process of addiction
  • How addiction effects individuals, families, communities
  • Social analysis
  • Media analysis
  • Personal development
  • How individual and communities can respond
  • Field visits to drugs services

Accreditation: QQI Award (Minor) Level 5.

Cost: €200.

Click here for information sheet and application form.


Urrús Keyworking, Care Planning and Case Management – QQI Award (Minor) Level 6 : September-December 2021

This programme is offered in response to the emerging skills, knowledge and practice needs of new and existing keyworkers in the drug and alcohol, homeless and broader social care sector.  Urrús Keyworking, Care Planning and Case Management programme will give learners the opportunity to understand the systems of key working, care planning and case management within the National Drug Rehabilitation Framework.  The programme runs over twelve weeks, one-day a week (10am-5pm) and will start 9th September.  It is essential that students have computer, internet access and email to engage with the course learning. Content includes: –

  • Key Working – systems and processes
  • Care Planning – policy and practice
  • Case Management – framework and communications
  • Professional Boundaries – understanding and techniques
  • Confidentiality and Case Notes – guidelines and application
  • Reflective and Professional Practice – theories and practice

Accreditation: QQI Award (Minor) Level 6 – 30 Credits. On successful completion of the programme learners will receive a component certificate in Person Centred Planning (6N2206) and in Boundary Management (6N2207).

Cost: €595.

Click here for further details and requirements


Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work  (NFQ Level 7)

Urrús in partnership with University College Dublin (UCD) offer a Diploma course in Community Drug and Alcohol Work.  This programme will be conducted over two semesters in the academic year 2020/21 and will be delivered in a blended learning format.  This will consist of a combination of online sessions and real time class-based activities using either a virtual or classroom environment.  Prospective students need to be available to engage in learning and study for the full day on Tuesdays, as well as some Thursdays and Saturdays during the semester.  It is essential that students have computer and internet access to engage with the course learning.  Please note the extent to which face-to-face class activities can take place will be dependent on prevailing Covid19 restrictions, and adjustments may be made on foot of Government advice at any time during the programme.

The Diploma Course is a one-year course (September-May) and it is delivered one day a week, plus three Thursday evenings and seven Saturdays over the year.  Modules covered during the course: –

  • Nature and Context of Addiction
  • Community and Groupwork Theory and Practice
  • Understanding Prevention and Support in a Community Setting
  • Introduction to Irish Social Policy / Drug and Alcohol Policy
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Reflective Practice
  • Approaches to Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Professional Work Practice
  • Community Research Methods

Cost:  €2,300.

Course Information Sheet – click here


Introduction to Addiction Studies

Run over four-sessions this Introduction to Addiction Studies is for those wishing to gain a good basic understanding of substance use and related issues.  Content includes: –

  • Drugs and their Effects
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Drug Trends and Patterns
  • Stages in the Process of Addiction
  • Progression to Problematic Use
  • Explore our Understanding of Family
  • Effect of Addiction on the Family
  • Models of Treatment/Therapy

Dates/Times: to be confirmed / 10am-1pm.

Cost: €40.


Understanding Harm Reduction / Drug Related Health Issues

This one-day workshop will introduce harm reduction and outline the health issues experienced through substance misuse.  The training will provide participants with an understanding and appreciation of the key issues pertaining to theory and practice of harm reduction/minimisation; and an overview of the major health issues which are initiated and /or exacerbated by substance misuse.  Content includes: –

  • Definition of harm reduction
  • Principles & practice of harm reduction
  • Development of services
  • Current harm reduction service provision
  • Drug toxicity
  • Blood viruses (HIV, Hep. C, etc.)
  • Fungal and bacterial infections
  • Vein damage, associated with IV use
  • Lung and other organ damage
  • Overdose and universal precautions

Date/Time: to be confirmed / 10am-5pm.

Cost: €80.


If you have further queries please contact Urrús: – Tel: 01 8467980        Email: urrus@byap.ie