Completed CASC course

Participants on the Community Addiction Studies Course (CASC) have successfully completed the 20 week programme.

Participants on the Community Addiction Studies Course (CASC) have successfully completed the 20 week programme.

A total of 18 participants received Fetac Level 5 accreditation and a presentation night was held in County Hall where certificates were presented by Chairman of Louth County Council, Finnan Mc Coy.

The course proved enormously popular and participants said that it gave them a broader understanding of the complexities of drugs issues and further enabled them and the communities they represented to respond to these issues.

There was a huge interest in this year’s CASC course with over 100 people from the area applying for the 25 places. This is the fifth year CASC has been delivered in Louth and next year’s programme will commence in February 2013.

The course came about as a result of needs assessment carried out by Dundalk Drug and Alcohol Advisory Group whereby a clear need for accredited drug education was identified.

The course runs for 20 weeks, for 3 hours per week, plus one residential weekend.

The Course is co-ordinated by Elizabeth-Ann McKevitt, Health Promotion Department HSE and facilitated by Samantha Teather and Lee O Neill, PYE Programmes (Positive Youth Education).

The Community Addiction Studies Course CASC is for people living or working in local communities who wish to be more effective when dealing with drug and alcohol issues. For further information & application form contact Aine McNamee on 041 6850676 or email aine.mcnamee@hse.ie