Addictions Worker Program

The Addictions Worker program has been designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for employment in the field.

During the program, students learn to apply the principles of addiction, pharmacology and structured relapse prevention planning. Students gain practical skills in intake, assessment, motivational interviewing and treatment planning with a strong emphasis on case management and professional ethics. The program focuses on developing group facilitation skills as well as entry-level skill development in 1-to-1 counselling. Principles of communication are explored in great depth and students receive Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification and First Aid training.

This program includes a practicum placement. This experience within a workplace enables Instructional staff to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of abnormal behaviour, therapeutic processes and appropriate treatment and prevention strategies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Addiction Worker’s role and responsibilities in terms of legal and ethical parameters
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the practical skills that fall within the Addiction Workers’ scope of practice for British Columbia
  • Demonstrate professionalism and the ability to communicate and work collaboratively with others in the field
  • Apply knowledge, skills and ethical care for clients and the community with regards to therapeutic techniques and working with vulnerable people

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
900 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
43 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Addictions Worker
Community Support Worker
Residential Support Worker
Womens Shelter Worker
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and may be required to do an entrance assessment (a minimum score of 22/40 in language and a minimum composite score of 42/80)
For International Students:
  • Entrance Assessment or IELTS 6.0 or Equivalents
  • Applicants for this program must also obtain a satisfactory certificate of health with a Physician’s Waiver, submit a Criminal Record Check and provide 3 letters of reference
  • Applicants must not have had an addiction or be relapse-free for 3 years
Certificate Requirements:
  • 70% average upon successful completion of all courses. First Aid, WHMIS and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention will be completed during the program.
* Addictions Worker Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

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Courses List

This 43 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • MS Office Certification
  • MS Office Word editing, layout, templates, styles and
    sections, mail merge, tables, charts and desktop publishing

  • MS Office Certification
  • Plan, edit and manage worksheets (formulas/functions)

• 120 hour practicum (4 weeks)

  • Computer basics/file management
  • Goal setting, note-taking, problem-solving, teamwork
  • Overview of policies & procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to use MS Word and MS PowerPoint

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

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