Taught course

Addictive Behaviour - Single Module

University of Salford · College of Health and Social Care
Single Module

Entry requirements

A degree or evidence of your ability to study at postgraduate level Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be available for courses you have already completed at postgraduate level. Supporting Information and Personal statement if you are applying through NHS North West CPD-Apply. Supporting information: You should include details of your current post and role and previous study at level 6/ 7. Personal statement: Please outline the reasons why you wish to undertake this module.

Months of entry


Course content

Three good reasons to study Addictive Behaviour - Single Module at Salford:

  • Explore the theory and evidence-base in relation to the psychology and treatment to a wide range of addictions
  • Delivered by staff who are subject experts in their field
  • Evaluate the range of addictive and compulsive behaviours and raise awareness of the problems/risks experienced by the 'addict' in western society

Course summary

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development or as part of MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies)

This module explores:

  • Definitions and explanations of addiction and addictive/compulsive behaviour, psychological, medical, social models
  • Understanding the range and forms of addictive behaviour in western society (drug abuse, alcoholism, 'shopaholics', compulsive gambling, sex addiction etc)
  • Social, psychological and sociological issues and addiction, (family dynamics, socio-cultural factors, peer group influence, demographic/'macro' factors etc)
  • Implications for the individual (and for society) of engaging in 'risky' behaviours, (legal, economic, social, health-related problems, etc)
  • Psychological and psycho-pharmacological factors in substance abuse, (awareness of the reasons for drug/alcohol addiction, individual risk assessment, physical and psychological dependence, motivational issues, problems of cessation etc.)
  • Exploring potential problems and outcomes of treatment interventions

Suitable for

Relevant to a range of professionals, including counsellors, psychotherapists and psychological therapists and those dealing with addiction.

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University.

Information for international students

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course.

Fees and funding

North West SHA-SLA funded applications

If your Trust is part of the North West SHA-SLA agreement, contact your CPD Lead to agree funding. You must then apply through the NHS CPD Apply system

Self funded applications

If you are self funding a programme of study or single module, please complete the appropriate application form and send directly to the University.

Qualification and course duration

Single Module

part time
3 months

Course contact details

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