CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Counselling with Substance Misuse Theory & Interventions


All information can be obtained by clicking on the link below….



This course is for individuals who want to gain specialist counselling knowledge and skills to work with individuals with substance misuse issues. It is aimed at those who are working in the drug/alcohol field.


The course is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. It has been validated by the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and awarded Advanced Practitioner Status by the National Counselling Society (NCS)

Course Content

Candidates will undertake modules in the following areas:

  • Context and trends in Substance Misuse
  • Models of Treatment (including Pharmacological) and Intervention
  • Assessment Tools/Psychometrics
  • The Therapeutic relationship and its impact on substance misuse interventions
  • Ethics
  • Working with Trauma
  • Impact of substance misuse on the family


Course Requirements (to be completed during the course)

  • A minimum of 60 formally contracted counselling hours (one-to one)
  • Supervision Log
  • Supervisor’s Report
  • Enhanced Access NI Check
  • Assignments
  • Completed Portfolio
  • 90% attendance
  • Fees: £1550 (including £200 deposit) plus CBCAB registration fees

Course Outcome

As a result of the course candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • A multi-theoretical approach to working with substance misuse issues

About HURT

  • We are a community based addiction treatment centre with premises in Derry & Strabane
  • We offer support to individuals and families affected by substance misuse through a holistic care plan
  • We deliver community based preventative/education initiatives on substance misuse issues
  • For more information: https://hurtni.org.uk

Entry Requirements


In order to join the course you will need:

  • A Level 4 diploma qualification in counselling (or equivalent)
  • Experience of working with those with substance misuse issues
  • Application form and interview to be completed
  • A personal and professional reference
  • Membership of professional counselling body

Dates & Times

The course will be delivered over 10 weekend beginning 25th/26th  March 2017

(This is subject to sufficient numbers)


Payment Plan now available

If you are interested in applying for the course or would like any more information on other courses offered by HURT, please contact Dessie Kyle, Centre Manager, HURT on 02871 369696 or dessie@hurtni.org.uk

Upcoming Course! MoodMaster – 21st November 2016

HURT will be running a MoodMaster course commencing Monday 21st November 2016 from 11am – 12.30pm.

MoodMaster will run for 12 weeks and it covers Stress, Anxiety and Worry.


What is MoodMaster?

MoodMaster is a CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) based group programme.

MoodMaster is a programme which aims to provide a fun, upbeat approach to working on your physical and emotional wellbeing. Come for yourself, or come for someone else, either way you will learn a number of simple, straightforward techniques that will help you to deal better with situations that cause you worry and stress or bring your mood down.


Places are limited so call 02871369696 or call into HURT, 14 Clarendon Street for more information.

Upcoming course at HURT!! Mindfulness – Wednesday 5th October 2016








HURT will be running a Mindfulness course commencing Wednesday 5th October 2016 for 8 weeks from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.


If you are interested in taking part please contact HURT on 02871369696 or call into 14 Clarendon Street, Derry, BT48 7ET.



Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. By being fully present in this way – not forcing things or hiding from them, but actually being with them, we create space to respond in new ways to situations and make wise choices. We may not always have full control over our lives, but with mindfulness we can work with our minds and bodies, learning how to live with more appreciation and less anxiety.


Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is supporting local group HURT (Have Your Tommorows) to deliver a drugs and alcohol awareness campaign in the Council area. The PCSP has provided drugs and alcohol information boxes to the group to enhance and support their community engagement programme on this issue. Each drug box contains 24 types of drugs (replicas) with comprehensive details on appearance, methods of use, effects, street names, risks and what to look out for. The alcohol boxes contain ‘Beer Googles’ to simulate the impact alcohol has on our balance and sight as well as covering subjects such as types of alcohol, control of alcohol, health risks etc.

Speaking about the support offered to HURT Councillor Gus Hastings, Chairperson of Policing and Community Safety Partnership said,

“The impact of drugs and alcohol is an important issue that needs to be addressed right across our community. The PCSP is delighted to support HURT in the delivery of their awareness campaigns and we hope that the provision of this equipment will enhance the group’s delivery of the planned awareness sessions. The PCSP will also support any other local groups delivering drugs and alcohol awareness programmes by loaning this equipment to the group. The use of these drugs and alcohol boxes to raise awareness of the impact of drugs and alcohol will enable our residents to make more informed decisions on the use of these substances.’

Dessie Kyle, Centre Manager with HURT added,

‘We are extremely grateful to the Derry and Strabane PCSP for providing this equipment which will greatly enhance the impact of our awareness and education sessions. Our staff here at HURT have already commented on how relevant the display boxes are and how up to date the information is saying that they are the most impressive they have seen. This kit will be really useful for the groups that we engage with on a regular basis. We will continue to work with the PCSP to raise awareness of alcohol and drug issues in the local area enabling all our clients to make informed decisions.’


Notes: Community groups delivering drug and alcohol awareness sessions can have access to the display boxes by contacting the PCSP on 02871 253253 or pcsp@derrystrabane.com or https://www.facebook.com/derryandstrabanepcsp/


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HURT Donation £500

Big thanks to Margaret & Maurice Kelly for their kind donation of £500 to HURT in which they raised through a interdenominational concert. Many thanks from all the staff at HURT.





Donation from Rathmor 50+ Group & the AOH

HURT would like to say a BIG thanks to the Rathmor 50+ group and the AOH for raising £352.70.  Many thanks from all the staff at HURT X

Sainsburys Charity of the Year!

As HURT was Sainsburys Charity of the year, they raised a huge £8000 to help towards HURT’s running costs. HURT would like to thank Sainsburys and the members of the public for their kind donations x


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HURT’S Youth Forum visiting Stormont

HURT’S Youth Forum visiting Stormont where they held a meeting with the Department of Health, where they discussed issues around young people and suicide in in the North West.
They were then presented with an OCN Level 2 Certificate in Community Action.

HURT would just like to say how proud we are of all of them with this great achievement.


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Presentation to HURT’s Youth Forum on receiving their Heroes of Youth Award Certificates!



ADDICTION charity HURT has this w e e k b e e n celebrating the achievements of its youth volunteers who received certificates recognising their dedication to the cause. HURT was formed in Derry sixteen years ago by Sadie O’Reilly who lost her own son, Tony, to a drug overdose. Ms O’Reilly recognised the need for an addiction treatment centre to help local people suffering the effects of substance abuse. The service started out with two volunteers in a room on great James’ Street and has since grown to sisteen staff who adopt a hollistic approach to treatment based on Clarendon Street and an outreach centre in Strabane. There are addiction advisors, counsellors and a range of complementary therapies such as acupuncture and massage. They treat close to 400 people each year who either walk in off the street or are referred them. The service is entirely free of charge and open to anyone. Support is also offered to the families of sufferers as addiction can often adversely affect the entire household. HURT receives no statutary funding and is relient on Big Lottery Funding – which runs out next year – as well as support from Comic Relief, the Victims and Survivors Service and Sainsbury’s, as it’s local charity of the year. It does a lot of what centre manager, Dessie Kyle called, preventative work which is aimed at educating schools and communities about the dangers of drug/alcohol abuse. The local charity set up a youth forum four years ago to empower young people in the city from the ages of 10-18. They undertake training in courses such as drugs and alcohol awareness, peer mentoring and exploring issues in substance misuse/legal highs. The young volunteers have also designed posters and composed a charity song to raise awareness, as well as taking part in numerous fundraising activities. Mr Kyle said: “To us these young people are as important as any other member of staff. We value their contribution in so many ways. “They often come to us and share their knowledge of what’s going on in the city with other young people, which helps us to do our job better.” Another member of the team, Natasha Howlett, trained in a skills and complementary therapies offered at HURT, and also works cloesly with the youth forum. She said: “They have accomplished lots of things, they have made two films. One was called The real Truth About Drugs And Alcohol which we used as an educatioal tool to show in schools around Derry. “By having local people and local accents there is a greater familiarity for young people watching it which makes it effective for our educational programmes. “Another one was on Fatal Foetal Alcohol Syndrome which we had to localise a bit more, with both proving very effective.” Young people in the city can be portrayed negatively at times, but Dessie and Natasha wished to commend the efforts of HURT’s young volunteers who have shown tremendous dedication and passion throughout their training. Ms Howlett said: “They’re doing a lot of great things and passing on knowledge they have learned at HURT to other young people. “And they have actually used their intervention skills to help people they know.” The youth forum is integral to the work carried out by HURT and its members have been a shining example of everything positive about the youth of Derry. Mr Kyle concluded: “These young people stand in Sainsbury’s with us doing bagpacking, they have climbed Mount Errigle with us, they have done the ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes’ where they wore high heels from the Guildhall to Sainsbury’s. “They have been key to our success and will continue to be as we look to the future,” he added.

Primary School Drug & Alcohol Education

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