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Who Can Apply

This course would be of particular interest to practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines who may wish to deepen their knowledge of current thinking and treatment around addiction or upskill. It will attract those from among the following professions and backgrounds:

  • Community Care Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Gardaí
  • People in recovery/family members
  • Pastoral Workers and Chaplains
  • Third-Level Educators
  • School Guidance Counsellors
  • Probation Officers
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Youth Workers
  • Psychotherapists,
  • Psychiatrists and
  • Psychologists

What to expect from this course

This 150-page programme is divided into ten units and consists of theoretical insights and practical exercises. It is intended as a workbook for individuals and groups working with addiction. It is a unique course in that it draws on Eastern philosophy, Western psychology, and the wisdom traditions to offer a holistic model of wellness.

Diploma Outline

Topics covered include the nature of pleasure, pain, and attachment; the source of suffering; ego (personality) versus Self (essence); Carl Jung’s key insight: spiritus contra spiritum as a guiding principle – that the solution to ‘spirits’ is in spirituality; our threefold energy; a detailed exploration of the Twelve Steps of Recovery drawing on:

  1. The nondual philosophy of Advaita;
  2. The Enneagram system which describes the nine addictions and shows the way out from our compulsions and fixations to freedom;
  3. The spiritual teachings of Richard Rohr and Thomas Keating who have both written on addiction from the perspective of the Christian contemplative tradition; concluding with a ten-step blueprint for purposeful living (the law of dharma).

I really look forward to working with you on this exciting journey into wholeness and meaning.

Dr Stephen J. Costello