HRH The Duchess of Cambridge becomes patron of Action on Addiction

A charity working in partnership with the University to deliver a Foundation and Honours degree in Addictions Counselling, Action on Addiction, has announced the patronage of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

The Addictions Counselling degree aims to meet the increased demand for capable practitioners in the field of Addictions Counselling. It enables students who are interested in working in the field of addictions treatment, to become skilled, reflective and competent counsellors.

Action on Addiction is the only UK charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional workforce development and support for families and children.

Her Royal Highness recently paid a private visit to one of Action on Addiction’s treatment centres and spoke at length to a number of clients about their addiction and personal journeys to recovery.

Tim Leighton, Director of the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies & HE Co-ordinator said: "We are very pleased and excited at the news that the Duchess of Cambridge has chosen Action on Addiction as one of the first charities of which she will become Patron. Action on Addiction delivers a wide range of activities and services aimed at disarming the destructive effects of addiction.

"One of the best established of these is the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies, a Centre dedicated to the training and professional education of counsellors specialising in addictions. The Centre delivers a Foundation Degree and BSc (Hons) in Addictions Counselling in partnership with the University of Bath. This partnership administered by the Division for Lifelong Learning, is seven years old and we launched the University’s first Foundation Degree in 2004. We believe that we are the only franchised partner delivering University of Bath degrees which is not a College of Education but rather a Charity, delivering treatment and family services and supporting research as well as Higher Education and Continuing Professional Development."

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