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.
- 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