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Addictions Worker Program

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

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. Coverage includes an in-depth study of family dynamics and addiction as well as special populations including: First Nations and other ethnic/cultural groups, youth, sexual minorities, elderly, concurrent disorders, homeless, gender (women), crime, HIV/AIDS and suicidal clients.

Principles of communication are explored in great depth and students receive Non Violent Crisis Intervention certification and First Aid training. Strong focus is given to presentation skills, Microsoft Office Applications, documentation and record keeping, ability to multi task and prioritize, organizational and detail skills, professionalism, confidentiality, interpersonal skills and being a team player.

Graduates of the Sprott Shaw College Addictions Worker Diploma Program will have the following entry-level competencies:
– Theoretical knowledge of the abnormal behavior, therapeutic processes and appropriate treatment and prevention strategies.
– Knowledge of the Addictions Worker’s role and responsibilities in terms of legal and ethical parameters.
– Practical skills within the Addiction Workers scope of practice for British Columbia.
– Professionalism as demonstrated by the ability to communicate and work collaboratively and professionally with professionals in the field.
– Apply knowledge, skills and ethical care for clients and community with regards to therapeutic techniques and working with vulnerable people.
– Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the practicum sites.
– Practicum placement sites are subject to availability.