(formerly Aboriginal Addictions Services Counselling Certificate)
Students in this 8-month full-time certificate program will learn to support Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals, families and communities in identifying and managing addictions through prevention and treatment programs. Students will acquire the multilevel intervention skills necessary to support dysfunctional behaviours of addictions.
Addictions Workers and Counsellors often work in community social services, children and youth services, justice system institutions, community Aboriginal services, and emergency shelters.
The program includes 9 courses and 2 community practicums. Program delivery is classroom-based with a focus on group discussions and learner participation, and classes are generally scheduled between 8 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday. Practicums are offered with community agencies.
Please contact Prospective Student Centre: 403-410-1402
Curriculum Subject to Change
Learners will explore various genres of English composition. This course is not remedial; competency in high-school grammar and composition is required.
This course will increase learners' awareness and understanding of the theories, practical skills, and broader issues that guide the work of addictions workers. Learners will be invited to reflect on their beliefs and values to develop a professional practice that draws on and respects the richness and depth of Canada's multicultural society. Participants will begin to explore various types of addictions and their impact on the addiction field. The course will demonstrate the breadth and diversity of addictions treatment theory, and how this is expressed in practice in the current world of addiction treatment.
Learners develop strategies necessary for effective and accurate communication in relationships with others, within a variety of contexts. They explore theories and concepts of interpersonal communication and reflect on their own values, beliefs, attitudes, and experiences. Emphasis is placed on self-awareness, cultural diversity in communication, and conflict management. In addition, it focuses on the development of personal strengths and self-awareness that contribute to the development of communication skills and positive relationships.
This course is an overview of Canada's First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. Historical and current issues are covered, including languages, stories of origin, different band treaties, and current issues of ownership over land, water and governance.
This course introduces learners to basic counselling skills. As such, it is designed to help learners develop essential helping skills needed for client engagement, follow-through, completion and overall therapeutic effectiveness. Specific skills and techniques covered include; developing rapport, building empathy and listening, encouraging trust, self-disclosure, immediacy, questioning and evoking, addressing discrepancies, etc. It will also take a look at the theories behind effective techniques such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, person centered and solution focus therapies. This course is highly experiential in its format. Learners will participate in classroom exercises, role playing and receiving feedback from Instructors and peers.
The course introduces the competency profile from the Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) that defines the future scope of practice for the addiction professionals. Professionalism is a major consideration throughout the course. In addition, learners are introduced to variety of roles in addiction services as well as a range of community agencies.
Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: 6 credits of AASC/AASD program
Effective communication within and between varying cultural groups requires a deep understanding of behaviours and beliefs in relation to cultural identity. Using a culturally relevant perspective, learners will learn to apply self-understanding of their own behaviours in concert with communication theory and relevant techniques.
This practicum provides learners with an introduction to the application of the Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) competency profile. Learners are hosted in community and agency settings supervised by agency staff. Learners take observer roles and may be asked to practice under supervision. Emphasis falls on establishing a rapport with individuals and professionals. A thread that runs through the placement experience is the incorporation of cultural competence of diverse and Indigenous populations.
Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: 12 credits of AASC/AASD program
This course takes an in-depth look at substances and their impact on body, mind, and behaviour. Learners begin with an introduction to how the relevant body systems work, and then address substances by category and by individual drug to understand their history, appeal, risks, and impact. Emphasis is given to processes of dependence and withdrawal. With knowledge of addiction physiology, support workers have insight into the mechanisms of craving, and are able to promote more effective physical and mental recovery.
This is an advanced course in interviewing, support skills, and theory where learners gain a practical grasp of the therapeutic models in addiction treatment through extensive role playing. Training focuses on enhancing technique and on the skills of working with individuals in groups.
This course is designed to help learners become critically aware of the economic, social, and political environment within which they will eventually work. It will examine the process by which health, social policy, and justice policy, is developed in Canada and encourages reflection upon the ways social policy impacts our lives.
Credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent
See English Language Proficiency Requirements for details.