Addictions and Community Support Worker Diploma

The Addictions and Community Support Worker Diploma program is a 40-week program with 1,030 hours of training. It prepares a student to become an Addictions and Community Support Worker, ready to manage the administrative responsibilities of a wide variety of social assistance programs and services for individuals addressing addiction and post addiction strategies.

This diploma program focuses on preparing you to manage the administrative and implementation responsibilities of a wide variety of social assistance programs and services for individuals addressing addiction and post addiction strategies effectively. 

This program is suitable for people looking for a career in social services and community support, assisting people with personal and social issues.

Learning Objectives

  • You will gain a solid understanding of the social and community services available.
  • You will be able to describe current models of addiction and treatment including pharmacological concepts and terminology. You will be able to describe addiction and recovery processes and recognize stages of change.
  • You will be able to describe and discuss key prevention strategies, assessment and screening tools, intervention and relapse plans, and withdrawal and detoxification management and safety issues.
  • You will be able to describe the issues, defining traits, intervention, and prevention issues facing high-risk populations.
  • You will be able to articulate the impact on the client-counsellor relationship for cultural and diversity issues.

Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • Successful completion of the college’s admissions test
  • Criminal record check
  • Immunization report
  • Meet minimum English language proficiency requirements
  • Complete ‘Student Declaration – Addictions and Community Support Worker Programs’ form

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete each course with a final grade of at least 60%.
  • Successfully complete the program practicum.

Potential Careers

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills to pursue the following career options:

  • Addictions support worker
  • Group home support worker
  • Community services worker
  • Youth social worker

Program Duration: 40 weeks

Credentials Provided: Diploma

Fees: International-Domestic Students

  • Tuition: CAD $10,000
  • Application Fee: CAD $150
  • Text Books: CAD $1,430
  • Course Materials: CAD $250
  • Other: CAD $250 
Course No.
Course Name
ACAD100
Learning Essentials
ACSW100
Addictions Fundamentals
PHAR100
Pharmacology Fundamentals
ACSW200
Social Service Work Fundamentals
PYSC100
Psychology Fundamentals
SOCI100
Sociology Fundamentals
PYSC110
Ethics Fundamentals
ACSW300
Self-Care Techniques
ACSW400
Resources & Networking
PSYC130
Interview & Intake Procedures
COMC150
Professional Report Writing
ACSW500
Family Studies
PSYC140
Mental Health Fundamentals
PSYC150
Behavior Analysis Techniques
ACSW600
Relapse Prevention
PSYC160
High-Risk Populations
ACSW700
Child & Youth Populations
PSYC170
Suicide Prevention Techniques
ACPR100
Practicum
CARE100
Career Essentials
Course sequencing may vary
The program is delivered in English. The program will employ an in-class lecture delivery format. There is no mandatory homework; however, it is recommended that you review daily lectures and exercises completed.
The Addictions and Community Support Worker Diploma program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
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