Pastoral Counselling: Addiction

The unit introduces the aetiology and symptomology of addiction. It examines the main therapeutic models utilized in the care and pastoral counselling of individuals suffering from addiction. It includes stages of change in the process of addiction treatment, treatment models, motivational interviewing in addiction treatment and theories and techniques of counselling, post-modern theories and cognitive behavioural therapy, sustaining change in addictive behaviour, epistemology, paradigms and conceptual models, classification of addictive behaviours, the aetiology, neurophysiology, symptomatology, pharmacology of addiction, sociological, spiritual and psychological perspectives, ethical issues in counselling, assessment and referral, and evidence based research and practice.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Counselling

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. investigate and analyse the ethical issues involved in pastoral counselling for alcohol and other drugs of addiction
  2. apply knowledge with initiative to the skills required for effective pastoral counselling of clients with problems of substance misuse or addiction and describe the ethical issues involved
  3. display perceptive understanding of the biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors underlying and sustaining addictive behaviour related to different forms of addiction
  4. demonstrate mastery of the theoretical approaches to pastoral counselling for substance abuse and addiction, (secular and Christian) and reflect crucially on the theory and professional practice
  5. exhibit a personal and professional stance an ability to design a range of addiction treatment methods according to a range of addiction issues.
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