Education & Training

One of the main priorities of the Alcohol Forum is to provide quality Training, Education and Research in the prevention and reduction of alcohol harms.  We provide training support to the key sectors of Education, Health and Community. Our training offers people working within these sectors, whose day to day work bring them into contact with alcohol related issues, learning based on the best evidence available.

The Alcohol Forum provides programmes that support continuing professional development, post qualifying courses for Health and Social Care workers and culturally relevant frontline community training. Building community knowledge capacity in Alcohol policy and strategy is central to the Alcohol Forum’s mission.  The aim is to ensure accessible and affordable training. Training is delivered by the Alcohol Forum team and other experts, and is based on the principles of adult learning contributing to lifelong education in the field of Alcohol.

The Alcohol Forum has enjoyed a successful partnership with the Health Service Executive, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the Education and Training Board Co Donegal in developing programmes in the alcohol and public health area.

MSc/PG Dip (P/T) in Sep 2018 at LYIT, Co. Donegal. Duration: 1.5 to 2 years. Fees: From €5,000. TO APPLY: Download Application Below

Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs

Are you a social worker, health care professional, youth worker or community worker?  Then this part-time MSc/PG Diploma could be for you.

Applications are now being accepted to this course.  You’ll develop knowledge and skills to effectively deal with alcohol and other drug issues and to utilise recovery methods, using the best evidence and interventions by extending theoretical knowledge and practical skills, to alleviate these issues.

It will start with an introductory module, Theoretical Foundations in Alcohol and Other Drugs, to ensure that all students, regardless of professional or academic background, have a basic understanding of the core concepts.

It will provide an opportunity for graduates to enhance their knowledge base, embed evidence informed practice within their organisations, and enhance employment and career prospects.

Duration: PG Diploma – 1.5 years (part-time) or Masters – 2 years (part-time)

Cost: The programme commences in September and the fee for the Master of Science in Advancing Health & Social Care is currently €5,000. The fee for Non-EU students is €9,000. Tax relief is available on fees paid – up to €5,000 at the standard rate.

Applications:  Download an Application Form  Application Form MSc PG Dip in Therapeutic Interventions for Alcohol and other Drugs

Alternatively, application forms are available by email Alcohol Forum info@alcoholforum.org. Feel free to contact us for more info on (00353) 074 91 255 96.  More information on the course can be found at LYIT online prospectus or by contacting Louise McBride louise.mcbride@lyit.ie or Shelia Giblin sheila.giblin@lyit.ie.

Career Opportunities: This MSc in Therapeutic Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs will play a part in producing a more specialist skilled and informed workforce that can respond to and provide systemic alcohol and other drug interventions within a four tier model of treatment and intervention and care.  This programme of study in Alcohol and Other Drugs has been designed to provide postgraduate education focusing on recent advances in the conceptualisation of substance use and addiction, and its effective prevention and treatment. Students will focus on theoretical advances and evidenced informed skills that will be contextualised within National policy, strategy, intervention and treatment. Emphasis will be placed upon facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills to the workplace or students own professional development and career goals.

Dual Diagnosis – A Report on Prevalance, Policy and Management

Hidden Realities  – Children’s Exposure to Risks from Parental Drinking in Ireland.

Masters Programme

  Are you a social worker, health care professional, youth worker or community worker?  Then this part-time MSc/PG Diploma could be for you. Applications are now being accepted to this course.  You’ll develop knowledge and skills to effectively deal with alcohol and other drug issues and to utilise recovery methods, using the best evidence and…

Breastfeeding and Alcohol

For a simple guide to how alcohol affects your breastmilk and how to manage breastfeeding safely when you choose to take a drink

Alcohol Related Brain Injury Advanced Skills Training – 1 Day

This one-day course provides a more in-depth understanding of working with Alcohol Related Brain Injury. Who is it for? It is designed for those who have previously completed the Basic ARBI course or have experience working within the field of ARBI and wish to further their knowledge and practical skills. Learning Outcomes: Become familiar with…

Alcohol –Related Brain Injury – Basic Skills training – 1 Day

This one-day course provides an overview of the individual effects of alcohol-related brain injury and how to begin supporting those who are affected by this condition. Who is it for? It will of interest to people who have completed ARBI-Introductory half day Training and those working in the field of addictions or healthcare. Aim: To…

Alcohol Related Brain Injury – Introductory Training ½ Day

This half day training event is information for people who have no previous training in Alcohol Related Brain Injury. Who is it for? It will be of interest to any professional working in the area of addictions or healthcare. Aim: To an overview of the area of ARBI and how affected people can present Learning…

Alcohol & Drug Awareness Level 2 – 2 days

Who is it for: This introductory one day programme is designed for anyone who has an interest in gaining basic level understanding of substances and their effects. Aim: To provide participants with a sound basic understanding of substances, to assist them in their personal or professional roles in the community. Learning outcomes: Participants completing this…

Alcohol & Drug Awareness Level 1 – 1 Day

Who is it for: This introductory half day programme is designed for anyone who has an interest in gaining a brief overview of substances and their effects. Aim: To explore and increase participants’ knowledge of what substances are and their effects and the supports available in the community. Learning outcomes: Participants completing this course will:…

Substance Awareness for Parents – ½ Day

Who is it for? Parents and guardians Aims: This introductory half day programme will address parental concerns around underage drinking and look at how our own drinking patterns can affect that of our children. Methodology includes use of a PowerPoint presentation & group discussion. Content: What do we mean by substances? Categories of drugs Alcohol…

Substance Awareness for Youth – ½ Day

Who is it for? Young people 14 – 17 yrs., youth workers. Aim: This introductory half day programme will look at a variety of issues facing young people in today’s society around the subject of substance misuse. The programme looks at educating young people and equipping them with the knowledge to make informed decisions in…

Alcohol in Pregnancy – 1/2 Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Raising Workshop. Who is it for? Community workers, Addiction workers and health professionals working with pregnant women. Aim: Participants will gain an understanding of the impact of alcohol and other drug use in pregnancy and the complexities involved. This will include: Basic drug and alcohol information Power point presentation DVD…

Women & Alcohol – ½ Day

The Women & Alcohol Information workshop aims to develop awareness among women of the specific physical, psychological and social harms associated with substance use/misuse, with a special emphasis on alcohol. Who is it for? Interested women, community workers, health professionals Aim: To increase awareness and understanding of the specific risks alcohol, poses to women The…

Moville Family Conversation Resource

A Tool for Helping Families Talk about Alcohol Who is it for? Parents and families. It’s important to start talking and listening with your child about your values and beliefs on alcohol as early as possible. By maintaining open and honest communication, you can help your children feel comfortable talking with you about difficult issues,…

Festival Care

A safe method of monitoring alcohol at community events -1/2 day. Who is it for? Festival organisers or promoters. Aim: The Festival Care package aims to assist festival organisers or promoters (and those organising community events) to address the possible negative consequences that arise from alcohol misuse by offering guidance on the management of alcohol…

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