Module Details

Module Code: YTWK H8017
Full Title: Addiction in a Youth Work Context
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 5
Module Owner:: Eric Caffrey
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: This module provides information on present Irish drug culture including current trends in the community and poly-drug use. The popularity and breakdown of substances is also explored, including their impact on behaviour and the health of the community.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Distinguish the skills and effective approaches of an effective practitioner working with addiction within a youth and community context.
MLO2 Appraise effective interventions employed in a youth work context.
MLO3 Examine and evaluate treatment services available to young people and specific to families.
MLO4 Discuss current policy: A study of the national drugs strategy and an awareness of other relevant strategies
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Working as a Practitioner in a youth work setting.
Knowledge of the community and specifically addiction and drug issues within that community.
Understanding the context of work within addiction.
Centre based work, non-centre based approaches. Work with other agencies.
Service Policy and Agencies
Examination of national drug strategy and other services ethos, views, delivery service.
Youth work and working with young people in addiction.
Working directly with young people who use and are actively involved in the drugs activity. Examine effective interventions.
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Full Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Assessment Type Presentation % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,2
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 3.00 3
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 3.00 3
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 3.00 3
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time On Campus workload.
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Harris, P.. (2013), Youthoria; adolescent substance mis-use - problems, prevention and treatment, Russell House Publishing, Dorset, [ISBN: 978-1-905541-].
  • McKeganey, N.. (2014), a-z of substance and drug addiction, Palgrave Macmillan, London, [ISBN: 978-0-230-314].
  • Allan, G.. (2014), Working with substance users; a guide to effective interventions, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, [ISBN: 978-1-137-278].
  • Corrigan, D.. (2003), Facts about drug misuse in Ireland, 4th. Health Promtion Unit, Ireland, [ISBN: 0-86387-040-6].
  • Hager, T.. (2019), Ten Drugs: how plants, powders and pills have shaped the history of medicine, Abrams, [ISBN: 9781419734403].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Courtwright, D.. (2019), The age of addiction: how bad habits became big business, Belnap Press, US, [ISBN: 9780674737372].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources