Location
Start Dates

  • September 01, 2020
  • September 01, 2021
Duration

4Terms

Program Delivery

  • In Class
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $9,419
International: CAD $23,777
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $1,500

We are no longer accepting applications for the September 2020 intake.

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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Course Listings Request More Information
Domestic Applicants

Welcome Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402

International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476


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
Domestic Applicants

Welcome Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402

International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476

Course Listing


Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

This course focuses on the theories, practical skills, and broader issues to guide work in the field of addiction. Learners reflect on their beliefs and values to develop a professional practice drawing upon and respecting the richness and depth of Canada's multicultural society and special populations. Learners explore the types of addiction, the breadth of addiction treatment theory, and how theory informs addiction treatment practice.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Learners explore principles of interpersonal relationships and communication, considering the importance of self-awareness including such values as empathy, respect, genuineness, and humility therein. Learners practice verbal, nonverbal, emotional, conversational, and technology-mediated messaging necessary for effective communication in personal and professional contexts. Through this exploration and this practice, learners improve their ability to communicate assertively and respectfully with others in various contexts, taking care to understand the social and cultural contexts that affect communication, including the impacts of colonization on Indigenous groups in Canada in relation to interpersonal relationships and communication.

Course Delivery
Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and scheduled or non-scheduled online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class and/or online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required.

This first-year composition course introduces learners to academic writing and critical thinking. They read and analyze sociopolitical, cultural, and gender issues in texts with an emphasis on experiences of people whose voices were historically silenced, particularly those of Indigenous communities in Canada. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing source material. Learners present their written assignments professionally according to APA formatting guidelines.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and scheduled or non-scheduled online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class and/or online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of non-scheduled and scheduled activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course is an introduction to Indigenous cultural experience and perspectives. Learners analyze the foundations for stereotypes, bias and false narratives that impact Indigenous ways of being in Canada. Learners consider how legal and social policy impacts Indigenous identity. Euro-Canadian perspectives and beliefs toward Indigenous people are discussed. Learners explore the experience and Indigenous worldview in the Canadian context.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This introductory course provides learners with a basic understanding and an overview of the field of psychology. Attention is given to major psychological perspectives and the fundamentals of scientific thinking, biological factors, sensation and perception, cognitive processes, personality, social influences and human motivation. Learners will be encouraged to apply what they learn to their own lives and the world around them.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of non-scheduled and scheduled activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

This course examines substances, both illicit and prescribed, and their potential physiological impacts from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Learners will examine substance classifications, regulations, treatments and interventions. In addition, learners address the effects of a variety of substances on basic human anatomy and physiology, and how those effects are potentially exacerbated by addictive substance use. Learners apply this knowledge in the creation of prevention plans, harm reduction plans, and interventions.

Prerequisites: none

Course Delivery

The course focuses on the signs and symptoms of various mental health disorders. Learners examine signs and risk factors of suicide including suicide behaviours for individuals within special populations including Aboriginal communities. In addition, learners identify the roles of members within multi-disciplinary teams and the resources and supports available.


Prerequisites: none

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

In this course, learners develop knowledge of and practice with assessment tools. Learners focus on the creation and management of documentation, including the maintenance of current, accurate, and objective case files and records. In addition, the course examines the fundamentals of case management and integrative client services.

Prerequisite: ADDC1101

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Learners examine the theory and skills for intentional interviewing. The course focuses on the development of interviewing skills and the ability to adapt these skills to suit individual interviewee's needs. Learners develop a portfolio of interviewing competencies to enhance their professional practice.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

The Medicine Wheel has been utilized for health and healing practices for generations throughout various Aboriginal communities. This course examines the interconnectedness of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health based on the Medicine Wheel teachings. Learners will examine the origins of the Medicine Wheel and will compare the four components to traditional Western health practices. In addition, learners will explore various applications of the Medicine Wheel to support individuals in their pathways to healing.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 3

Required CoursesCredit

This advanced 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: 12 credits.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Working with and facilitating groups is a key activity for the human services professional. In this course, learners explore the stages of group development, group roles and norms, theoretical frameworks, intervention, group design, implementation, and evaluation. Learners develop facilitation skills for groups with varying themes and makeup.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

Social policy guides and enables the structural and systemic responses to social issues. You will develop your capacity for influencing social change, while examining the effect of social policies on the human service fields where you will work. You will investigate the relationships between economic, social, and political forces and discover the foundations for human service policies in Canada. Together with peers, you will reflect on key Canadian social policies and weigh their impacts on our lives, to address social problems.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and scheduled or non-scheduled online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class and/or online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required.

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

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and scheduled or non-scheduled online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class and/or online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of non-scheduled and scheduled activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This practicum course provides opportunity to integrate theory into professional practice. In this course, learners work within inter-disciplinary teams to develop skills and intervention strategies to provide services for clients and communities. In addition, learners are given the opportunity to evaluate their practicum activities to the scope of practice found in the Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) competency profile. Learners integrate the holistic cultural approaches in support of Aboriginal and special populations in recovery.

Prerequisite: ADDC1101, ADDC2302

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 4

Required CoursesCredit

A key issue in addiction is client relapse. This course examines prevention through the use of relapse planning strategies such as identifying and coping with high-risk situations, enhancing self-efficacy, eliminating myths, relapse management, and cognitive restructuring. Learners also focus on how to design, implement, and evaluate prevention programs and practices that meet the needs of the community. In addition, learners plan for the integration for holistic and cultural approaches to support Aboriginal and special populations.

Prerequisite: ADDC1101

Course Delivery

The efficacy of program development delivery and evaluation is key to the addiction field. In this course, learners examine the cycle of program development using a range of evaluation models. Learners develop skills in program evaluation including conducting needs assessments, focus groups, and survey methodologies.

Prerequisite: ADDC1101

Course Delivery

In this course, learners build on previous learning and practice to develop advanced addiction services skills. The practicum placement provides further opportunity to integrate theory into increasingly independent professional practice. Learners work within inter-disciplinary teams to develop advanced skills and intervention strategies for clients and communities. In addition, learners are given the opportunity to compare their practicum activities to the scope of practice found in the Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) competency profile. Leaners integrate the holistic cultural approaches in support of Aboriginal and special populations in recovery.
Prerequisite: ADDC2998

Course Delivery

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical principles of effective leadership. Learners explore the theory, structure, and management of organizations as a foundation for program development in the context of human services organizations and funders.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components. Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

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

This course introduces Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and its impact on those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Topics include terminology, assessment and diagnostic processes, as well as primary and secondary characteristics as they present across the lifespan. Learners explore the 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. Prevention and education are also explored.

Course Delivery
Any-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

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 Indigenous justice systems and how those principles compare to values underpinning the Canadian justice system. As the similarities and differences between the two systems are established, focus shifts to the critical Indigenous perspective on impacts of the processes of colonization, domination, assimilation, and reconciliation. Learners will consider the challenges of engaging Indigenous praxis in justice.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 Welcome 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.

Bow Valley College Career Services exists to connect employers with Bow Valley College learners, alumni, and clients.


While there are several agencies that will not accept a practicum learner with a criminal record, there are agencies that will. Learners who are concerned about their background checks are encouraged to reach out to the Practicum Coordinator early in the program to discuss what options might be available.
If you have prior work experience or have taken courses comparable to those required under this program at another institution, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or transfer credit.

All requests must be submitted prior to the start of the program.
To be successful in the addiction studies field, learners are encouraged to have a strong commitment to the community and to the empowerment of others while engaging in their own personal reflection and self-care. In addition, graduates of this program are strongly encouraged to participate in continuing education to stay current in the field.
Several courses in the Addiction Studies program, including psychology and English courses have university transfer credit ability. One transfer credit option is into the Ambrose University Bachelor of Arts Behavioural Science Major (only some courses may be transferable, please refer to Transfer Alberta). 
The diploma can be completed full-time over four terms (two years). Some learners choose to take an additional term or year to complete the program.
All learners in the Addiction Studies Diploma program must complete two practicum placements in their second year of the program in order to graduate. One practicum takes place in the fall term and the second practicum placement takes place in the winter term. Learners are able to choose from a variety of placements, including community-based agencies, mental health programs, residential settings, and on reserves in Calgary and surrounding areas.

Learners must successfully complete ADDC1101 – Introduction to Addiction Studies and ADDC2302 – Suicide and Mental Health Early Intervention, as well as be enrolled in six Addiction Studies courses as a pre or co-requisite to enroll in the practicum course.

Learners will also have to complete a Police Information Check (PIC) prior to their first practicum.
Learners do not need the PIC in order to be accepted into the program. They will be directed as to when to complete the PIC directly prior to their first practicum by the Practicum Coordinator and their instructors.
Addiction Studies Diploma learners registered for the ADDC2998 and ADDC2999 practicum courses will work directly with the Practicum Coordinator in order to find a practicum placement. All learners will be provided with an Agency Guidebook outlining the various agencies that typically will accept Addiction Studies practicum learners.

Learners will meet individually with the Practicum Coordinator to discuss the best agencies for their learning needs, and will then be encouraged to apply to multiple agencies decided on between the learner and coordinator with hopes that the learner will receive requests for interviews by the agencies and eventual offers.

**While the Practicum Coordinator and Addiction Studies team will provide guidance and support to the learner, practicum placements are not guaranteed, as interviews and offers are dependent on agency needs at that time.
Graduates of the Addiction Studies – Aboriginal Focus Diploma work in addiction-related non-profit and private agencies, including community-based organizations, schools, addiction services, residential settings, and government organizations.

Regardless of whether you are taking an online course, it is important to have access to a computer, as all face-to-face and online courses require regular access to D2L, our online learner software program. Learners are encouraged to login to D2L and their mybvc email daily to make sure they are receiving up-to-date information from instructors and college announcements.

If you are taking an online course, you should make sure your computer has the following applications:

• Reliable internet access – DSL or cable connections are highly recommended.
• We recommend Windows 7 or 10 (preferred) or Mac OS software; Microsoft Office 2013 (minimum); Adobe Acrobat Reader; and a media player such as Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime, or Windows Media Player.
• Some courses might require additional software or applications packages. You will be given this information before starting the course.
• We recommend Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari as browsers. D2L does not work well with Internet Explorer.

The approximate cost of textbooks and other supplies is estimated at $750 per term.
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