''A victim of its own success''? The Diploma in Addiction Studies at Trinity College Dublin

Woods, Marguerite and Butler, Shane (2011) ''A victim of its own success''? The Diploma in Addiction Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 18 (4). pp. 243-250. ISSN 09687637


This article reviews and reflects on the Diploma in Addiction Studies: a 1-year, full-time programme taught at the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College Dublin since the academic year 1983/1984, which has recently had its external funding withdrawn. The programme was aimed at multidisciplinary classes, including students from backgrounds in community responses to drug problems and in personal recovery from alcohol and drug problems. Drawing on its status as a university-based programme, Addiction Studies saw its function as educational rather than training, and saw itself as having particular value against the somewhat dogmatic policy and practice background of the Irish addictions scene. This article sets out the background to the programme, as well as its teaching philosophy and its attempts to deal with the issue of transfer of learning. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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