This unit will enable students to explore the theological, psychological and spiritual basis of addiction and support a client wrestling with addiction.

Unit code: DZ3220S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Professional Counselling

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts and terminology associated with addiction


Analyse the clinical features of addiction, the addiction cycle and co-occurring disorders


Consider spirituality and addiction particular with respect to sin, pornography and idolatry


Support a client in using psychological, behavioural and spiritual resources to deal with addiction


Demonstrate an understating of pharmacology and neurobiology with respect to addiction

Unit sequence

This is a recommended elective unit within the Advanced Diploma in Counselling and The Bachelor of Counselling


This unit is an online supported delivery that employs group lecture interaction at the commencement of the unit, online, utilising additional instructor-led material analysis and discussion, and a mid-semester group lecture tutorial. Students can engage in the group lecture through physical or technology enabled attendance.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Clinton, T. E. (2013). The quick-reference guide to addictions and recovery counseling : 40 topics, spiritual insights and easy-to-use action steps. Baker Books.
  • Doweiko, H. E., & Evans, A. L. (2014). Concepts of chemical dependency (9th ed.). Cengage Learning.
  • Herie, M. & Skinner, W. J. Eds. (2015). Fundamentals of addiction: A practical guide for Counsellors. 4th ed. CAMH.
  • Jantz, G. L. (2018). Healing the scars of addiction : reclaiming your life and moving into a healthy future. Revell.
  • May, G. G. (2006). Addiction and grace : love and spirituality in the healing of addictions. HarperOne.
  • Shaw, M. E. (2008). The heart of addiction : a biblical perspective. Focus.
  • Struthers, W. M. (2009). Wired for Intimacy. How Pornography hijacks the male brain. IVP Books. Illinois
  • Welch, E. T. (2001). Addictions : a banquet in the grave : finding hope in the power of the Gospel. P & R Pub.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Journal 2500 words

2500 50.0

Essay 2500 words

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-13 14:34:32 +1100