We have in excess of 30 years experience and have
played a pivotal role in the on-going training and education of
professionals in the area of substance misuse. This is achieved
through formal training programmes, placements and courses and is
supported by our telephone advisory service.
We are recognised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for training
at both Registrar and Senior Registrar level. As part of our commitment
to all the medical schools, students attend for formal lectures
and tutorials. Several doctors over the years who participated in
the programme are now consultants in Ireland and Britain. A similar
arrangement exists with the Irish College of General Practitioners.
In recent years this college, as a recognised third level institution,
has initiated a Masters Degree in Psychoanalysis. As part of their
training, students are offered placements of six months with us.
To date we have provided teaching and training for nine students.
Clinical visits are also arranged on a twice- yearly basis for up
to 10 other students participating in this course.
Child Care Professionals
Students from the School of Social Science at the Dublin Institute
of Technology, Rathmines are offered a placement of one year.
Students attending counselling courses at Trinity College or University
College Dublin, as part of their training, avail of placements that
are supervised by our counselling team.
In Addiction and Drugs In 1997, we established a training course
in Addiction and Drug Use in response to an identified need for
induction and further training by professionals working in the area
of addiction. This two-week course provides information on addiction
in general, i.e. dynamics of addiction, family dimensions of addiction,
legal and forensic aspects, toxicology and pharmacology, among many
other related topics.During 2000, 60 people attended the course.
On a countrywide basis over 165 professionals have participated
Much of the work undertaken in our laboratory is highly specialised.
Over the years it has been acknowledged by the third level institutions.
As a leading service provider in the area of substance misuse we
facilitate professional training through training placements, which
form part of the training of a number of different professions and