Location
Start Dates

  • August 30 2018
Duration

4Terms

Course Delivery

  • In Class
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $9,250
International: CAD $23,846

Program Description

Learn how to support addiction in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. You can learn the skills needed to manage the behaviours of addiction. We cover Aboriginal history, Aboriginal culture, and the needs of their communities, as well as other populations. This program is classroom-based, and includes 19 courses and two community practicums. An important part of this program is learner participation. Classes are generally scheduled between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The program is open to everyone.

Learners registered in this diploma program will need to write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) assessment in semester one. 

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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
  • Credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent

Or

  • Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test, that consists of 5 tests, with a minimum score in the following sections:
    • Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
    • Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score

Or

  • Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test
Pre-practicum requirement

The Addiction Studies – Aboriginal Focus Diploma program includes practicum placements in agencies where employers require a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS). Results of this check may restrict opportunities for placement in a practicum. The Police Information Check must be obtained before the start of the practicum and may need to be renewed more than once while enrolled in a program.

Learners are responsible to apply for and obtain their own Police Information Check record and to understand the implications on work or clinical placement and licensure and/or employment prospects. 

English language proficiency requirements

See English language proficiency requirements page for details.

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Course Listings Request More Information
Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca

Course Listing


Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

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.

Course Delivery:
In Class

Learners explore principles of interpersonal relationships and communication, considering the roles of culture, perception, and listening therein. They practice verbal, nonverbal, conversational, and computer-mediated messaging necessary for effective communication within personal and professional contexts.

Course Delivery:
Blended

This first-year composition course provides students with a solid grounding in the processes that writers use to communicate clearly in the academic context. By reading and analyzing texts from a broad spectrum of purposes, cultures, historical periods, and disciplines, students develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others. Students learn to quote, paraphrase, and summarize the work of other authors, prepare documents according to APA format, and write research papers.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Combined Online In Class

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.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

This course provides a comprehensive overview of human growth and development and typical behavioural responses throughout the lifespan. You will analyze human development across three domains: biological, psychological, and sociological. Emphasis is placed upon the stages of development and their linkage to common events occurring during these stages.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Combined Online In Class

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

This course takes an in-depth look at drugs 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.

Course Delivery:

In this course learners will be introduced to community and government services. Learners will also learn basic job readiness skills; resume and cover letter writing, job searching, and basic interviewing.
Pre- or co-requisite: 6 credits of AASC/AASD program.

Course Delivery:

The learners will be able to identify the signs and symptoms of a suicidal person. They will become familiar in recognizing the signs of risk and obtain the skills to intervene. The learners will learn to identify the signs and symptoms of various mental health issues. They will learn about the importance of early identification and be able to refer to the appropriate service or resource.

Course Delivery:
In Class

The learners will develop competencies and practice with practical addiction assessment tools. They will gain knowledge and experience in documentation and record keeping; learning to maintain current, accurate and objective case files and records. Case management studies will incorporate the skills and techniques for professional management and coordination of client services recommended in the client's service plan. This will include professional collaboration, referrals and case conferencing.
Prerequisite: ADDC1999

Course Delivery:
In Class

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.

Course Delivery:
In Class Any-time Online

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.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class Blended

Term 3

Required CoursesCredit

The learner will take a leadership role in understanding and integrating knowledge of addictions using both a medical model and a social model. Learners will discover the impact of substances on the mind, body and behaviours. At the end of the course learners will understand how illicit and prescription medications impact the physiology of the brain and body. Learners will also develop a more in-depth understanding of the various structures and pathways within the brain, including how illicit or prescription drugs may impact these structures and pathways.
Prerequisite: D in ADDC1301

Course Delivery:

Learners are involved in direct provision of interventions effective in providing changes for clients. Learners will continue integrating theory and practice with clients in need of addiction support services.
Prerequisite: ADDC1999
Pre- or co-requisite: 6 credits of second year AASD courses

Course Delivery:
In Class

This is an advanced course in counselling skills and theory, in which learners gain a practical grasp of the therapeutic models in addiction treatment involving extensive role playing. Training will focus on enhancing technique and on the skills of working with individuals and groups.
Prerequisite: HMSV1501

Course Delivery:

This course focuses on building skills for working cooperatively with children and adults in a family. The course covers diverse family structure and relationships as well as issues facing families today. The course involves instruction, role play, and integration on theories of practice with difficult family dynamics. Discussions include family theory from diverse perspectives.
Prerequisite: Completion of first-year capstone in any human services certificate or diploma program.

Course Delivery:
In Class

Career ElectivesStudents must also complete one(1) of the following five(5) courses

This course offers an introduction to the challenges faced by individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, their families, support workers, and the community. Topics include terminology, assessment/diagnostic processes, and primary and secondary characteristics as they present across the lifespan. Emphasis is on components and functions of the brain and the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on attention, memory, cognition, language, sensory perception, social emotional behaviours and impulsivity.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online

This course involves the exploration of the concepts of living a balanced life according the Medicine Wheel in the areas of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. By incorporating wellness activities the learners will learn how to support clients on their journey of healing.

Course Delivery:
In Class

Aboriginal people experience disproportionately increased rates of victimization and criminal activity. This course will examine culturally sensitive approaches to unique Aboriginal needs often requiring alternative dispositions. Students will understand pertinent Aboriginal values within the criminal justice system. Additionally, learners will study the relevance of diversion, community justice committees, healing lodges, and sentencing circles.

Course Delivery:

This course explores the fundamental principles that inform traditional native North American justice systems and how those principles compare to values underpinning the traditional Canadian justice system. As the similarities and differences between the two systems are established, focus shifts to the evolution of both the Aboriginal and Canadian systems. With the backdrop of system evolution, learners will consider the diverse challenges faced by Aboriginal Justice workers in the application of traditional processes within Aboriginal Justice.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course will delve into the trends and issues facing learners as they transition from learner roles to the graduate roles. A strong emphasis will be placed on professional roles and responsibilities in general, and in particular, preparing graduates for lifelong learning in the Aboriginal Justice environment. Learners will gain knowledge of leadership skills, change, and conflict management that will apply to their potential future workplace. Legal, ethical, and management concepts will be integrated into the course, with the expectation that learners apply these principles to prepare for and participate in the workforce.

Course Delivery:

Term 4

Required CoursesCredit

This course will take a specific look at relapse planning strategies such as identifying and coping with high-risk situations, enhancing self-efficacy, eliminating myths, lapse management, and cognitive restructuring in order to teach clients to anticipate the possibility of relapse. Learners will also focus on how to design, implement, and evaluate prevention programs and practices that meet the needs of the community. They will practice using western approaches while integrating the holistic and cultural approaches in supporting Aboriginal and non-aboriginal clients in their recovery.
Prerequisite: ADDC1999

Course Delivery:

The learners will develop competencies and conduct a needs assessment, facilitate focus groups and survey methodology. The learners will learn to market and deliver appropriate programs based on the needs of the client. The learners will be able to create an evaluation process and report on the finding.
Pre- or co-requisite: ADDC2998

Course Delivery:

The learners will be involved in a work setting, integrating theory and practice in an addiction services work environment. Learning experience will include supervised counselling sessions, leading or co-leading psycho-educational groups, organising case conferences, and/or possible program development while incorporating the Aboriginal practices and theories and case management.
Prerequisite: ADDC2998
Pre- or co-requisite: 12 credits of second year AASD courses

Course Delivery:

This course focuses on providing learners with theoretical and practical information about principles of effective leadership and the structure and management of organizations. Learners will explore the theory and practice of leadership and organizational development in the context of human services organizations and funders.
Prerequisite: Completion of first-year capstone in any human services certificate or diploma program.

Course Delivery:
In Class

Career ElectivesStudents must also complete one(1) of the following five(5) courses

This course offers an introduction to the challenges faced by individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, their families, support workers, and the community. Topics include terminology, assessment/diagnostic processes, and primary and secondary characteristics as they present across the lifespan. Emphasis is on components and functions of the brain and the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on attention, memory, cognition, language, sensory perception, social emotional behaviours and impulsivity.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online

This course involves the exploration of the concepts of living a balanced life according the Medicine Wheel in the areas of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. By incorporating wellness activities the learners will learn how to support clients on their journey of healing.

Course Delivery:
In Class

Aboriginal people experience disproportionately increased rates of victimization and criminal activity. This course will examine culturally sensitive approaches to unique Aboriginal needs often requiring alternative dispositions. Students will understand pertinent Aboriginal values within the criminal justice system. Additionally, learners will study the relevance of diversion, community justice committees, healing lodges, and sentencing circles.

Course Delivery:

This course explores the fundamental principles that inform traditional native North American justice systems and how those principles compare to values underpinning the traditional Canadian justice system. As the similarities and differences between the two systems are established, focus shifts to the evolution of both the Aboriginal and Canadian systems. With the backdrop of system evolution, learners will consider the diverse challenges faced by Aboriginal Justice workers in the application of traditional processes within Aboriginal Justice.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course will delve into the trends and issues facing learners as they transition from learner roles to the graduate roles. A strong emphasis will be placed on professional roles and responsibilities in general, and in particular, preparing graduates for lifelong learning in the Aboriginal Justice environment. Learners will gain knowledge of leadership skills, change, and conflict management that will apply to their potential future workplace. Legal, ethical, and management concepts will be integrated into the course, with the expectation that learners apply these principles to prepare for and participate in the workforce.

Course Delivery:

Program FAQs

No appointment is needed to visit the Prospective Student Centre. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. Or, you can drop us an email at info@bowvalleycollege.ca.

International students should contact the International Education Office at international@bowvalleycollege.ca or call 403-410-3476.

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