- August 30 2018
- In Class
Tuition & Fees
Domestic: CAD $4,843
International: CAD $13,353
You will learn to support individuals, families, and communities dealing with addiction. The focus is prevention and treatment. This is a classroom-based, eight-month full-time certificate program. You will develop skills to support the negative behaviours of addiction. Classroom discussions and projects will be a central part of your learning. Addiction workers and counsellors often work in the community.
Interested in advancing even further in Addiction Studies?
The program is open to everyone; the content includes Aboriginal history and culture, and the needs of Aboriginal communities, as well as other populations with addictions. Learners registered in the traditional full-time Addiction Studies Certificate program are required to write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) assessment in semester one.
- Credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent
- Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test, that consists of five tests, with a minimum score in the following sections:
- Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
- Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score
- Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test
The Addiction Studies program includes a practicum placement 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 for details.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Addiction Studies Aboriginal Focus
Do you want to become an addiction practitioner? Do you want to work with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations? You will enjoy both classroom and practicum learning opportunities in this program. Let us help you reach your goal.
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International students should contact the International Education Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-410-3476.
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