Start changing lives as an Addictions Counsellor

Bow Valley College offers a certificate and a diploma in Addictions Counselling

You will be a powerful influence in making a real difference. You will learn to support aboriginal and non-aboriginal individuals, families and communities in identifying and managing addictions through prevention and treatment programs.

"I've always wanted to help people through their journeys."


Choose Certificate or Diploma


The Aboriginal Addictions Counselling Certificate has been very successful, so we are adding a 2-year diploma program to offer additional skills, deeper experience and leadership training.


Certificate - 1 year

Graduate with work-ready skills in just one year. The certificate program will prepare you to help others turn their lives around. You'll gain the skill and knowledge to help aboriginal and non-aboriginal individuals, families and communities in identifying and managing addictions.

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Diploma - 2 year

A two-year program the builds on the certificate program. Not only will you gain the skill and knowledge to help aboriginal and non-aboriginal individuals, families and communities in identifying and managing addictions, the second year will give you the additional skills and training to lead a team or a program.

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What types of jobs can graduates apply for after completing?

Addictions Counsellors often work in community social services, children and youth services, justice system institutions, community Aboriginal services, and emergency shelters.

What you'll learn

Leadership: Focus on leadership, professional ethics, and collaborative practices, students completing the second year will be empowered to more quickly and effectively take on leadership roles within the workplace, including positions as team leaders, program supervisors, and coordinators.

Skills: Learn multilevel intervention skills necessary to help Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal individuals, families and communities in identifying and managing addictions. You will learn how to support dysfunctional behaviours throughout a range of addictions, from substance abuse to gambling. Program content emphasizes western and northern Aboriginal history and culture, and focuses on the needs of Aboriginal communities.

Relate: Discover how to relate to people across different cultures having addiction issues.

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