042 93 38221 / 042 93 38224 info@turascounselling.ie

Structured Day Programme

The twenty week Structured Day Programme is run twice annually offering group process and individual counselling support.

Attendance is required at group sessions three days a week which helps to introduce structure and focus into the service user’s daily life. Daily sessions begin at 10:00am and finish at 4:00pm during which an hour lunch is taken.
Life skills, self-realisation and goal setting are just some examples of the self-development work which is incorporated into the programme. We employ procedures and techniques drawn from a wide range of Therapeutic and Life Skills Theorists, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Systemic
  • Person Centred
  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Motivational and Life Skills Techniques

Throughout the programme a series of workshops are delivered on:

  • Relapse awareness / prevention / management
  • Substance awareness
  • Stress and relaxation
  • Assertiveness
  • Anger management
  • Conflict management
  • Social skills
  • Art workshops and social activities
  • A range of workshops to promote positive mental health including self-esteem / self-perception / self-nurturing attention is paid to the area of self harm and suicide
  • Personal development plan
  • Mental health

Programme Aims

The Programme aims to provide emotional and practical support to clients as they develop self-agency and to equip and empower them to live drug free.

The Way Forward
Charting or mapping with the individual client the way forward by:

  • Exploring options of further or higher education
  • Leisure courses
  • Voluntary or paid employment

Eligibility Criteria

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Two or three months drug/alcohol free
  • Must be available/willing to attend three full days per week with additional one hour counselling session for the twenty week period
  • If on the Methadone Programme, the service user must be stabilized for a period of two to three months
    If there are past mental health concerns, the service users current mental health must be stable
  • If on prescribed medication, the service user must be medication compliant


  • This service will be available to clients assessed by HSE Addiction Team and deemed suitable for inclusion in the Programme.
  • We also seeks to target appropriate referrals from other services such as probation / court services, community support groups and local doctors.
  • We will also accept self-referrals which are assessed as appropriate. Here is a copy of our Referral Form which you can fill out and drop into Turas. One of our staff will make an appointment for you.

Contact Details

Tel: 042 93 38224
Email : info@turascounselling.ie
Address: 59 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth.