Addictions Fundamentals

This course will challenge popular perceptions and mythology commonly associated with addiction and addiction culture and its impact on individuals, family, community, society, and economic activity in the context of disadvantaged target populations. Assessment and intervention strategies and treatment options will be introduced.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the history, philosophy, and trends in addiction counselling.
    • Discuss the histories of the following substances: alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, opioids, amphetamines, hallucinogens, tobacco and caffeine.
    • Describe accepted models and theories of addiction and accept prevention and treatment strategies.
    • Describe the various assessment instruments and structured clinical interview techniques available.
    • Discuss the societal costs of use, abuse, and dependency.
    • Describe the ethical and legal considerations related to the role of the addiction support worker.
    • Describe the roles, functions, and settings of addiction and community support worker, as well as the relationship between addiction counsellors and other mental health professionals.
    • Understand the factors that increase the likelihood for a person, community, or group to be at risk for substance.
    • Describe how abusive substances affect the brain and central nervous system.
    • Describe the effects that must be considered in detoxification, treatment and aftercare planning.

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Kelowna Location:

Phone: (250) 765-7624

Vancouver Location:

Phone: 604-677-3866

Entry Requirements

  • Students must complete an intake with recruitment team.

Application Processing

  • Throughout the year

Completion

  • Certificate

Assessment

  • Student will be assessed by daily attendance, assignments, and completion of in class activities.

Completion Requirements

  • To successfully complete this course, students must:

    • Pass the final exam
    • Attend a minimum of 80% of the scheduled classes
    • Achieve a minimum overall score of 50%

     

Program Duration: 40 hours

Credentials Provided: Certificate

Fees: CAD $850.00

Scheduled Intakes:
Ongoing, part time studies.
Tuesdays and Thursday
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

July 5–Aug 26
Sept 6 – Oct 27
Nov 1 – Dec 22
Delivery Methods:
Online| On-campus| Combined
Modules
Topics
1
Historical perspectives
2
Historical perspectives
3
Future directions
4
Addiction models
5
Addictive populations
6
Detoxification
7
Counselling
8
Inpatient-outpatient treatment
9
Continuation:Inpatient-outpatient treatment
10
Recovery
11
Therapeutic communities
12
Prevention
13
Cultural considerations
14
Review
15
Final Exam and wrap up
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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