HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits Action on Addiction

The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, yesterday visited the charity’s Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster, Wiltshire, to see its work providing training, education and professional development for those working in addiction and other related fields and to help celebrate 10 years of the Centre’s partnership with the University.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge congratulates students graduating with counselling degrees.

The Foundation and Honours degree in Addiction Counselling, run jointly by the University and Action for Addiction, aims to meet the increased demand for capable practitioners. 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 charity-owned and run centre of its kind in the UK with over 200 students graduating with addiction counselling degrees since it opened.

Her Royal Highness met Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, course tutors and external examiners, and participated in a discussion group with students, before joining a ceremony to celebrate the graduation of students on the Addictions Counselling degree programmes.

After listening to a speech by a graduating student, Her Royal Highness spent time with families who have taken part in the Charity’s Moving Parents And Children Together (M-PACT) programme which takes a whole-family approach to tackling addiction.

It is estimated that three million children in the UK are living with parental drug and alcohol misuse.  The Duchess was also shown the Children of Addicted Parents website, which provides online support for children and young people affected by parental substance misuse.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “Now in its tenth year, we are proud of our partnership with Action on Addiction in training counsellors in the field of addiction treatment.  It is vital that the people who do this job are trained to the highest standards."

Tim Leighton, Director of Professional Education and Research added: “The Duchess has visited a number of Action on Addiction’s services already and has seen addiction treatment of individuals and families first hand. We are delighted that Her Royal Highness is keen to visit the education and professional development arm of the Charity and find out more about the training of the people delivering such treatment across the UK and abroad.”

The partnership and programmes with Action on Addiction are managed by the University’s Learning Partnerships Office.  For more information, please contact Dr Florin Bisset (Head of Learning Partnerships) on extension 3854.

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