Addictions Worker

720 hours: 36 weeks in total


Brief Program Description

The Addictions Worker program at SELC College offers students an opportunity to learn the vital skills necessary to support individuals struggling with addiction issues. Students will utilize their knowledge of issues pertaining to homelessness, addictions, mental health, women with children, domestic violence/abuse, and to act as a client advocate who provides emotional support. A capacity to communicate and uphold clients’ rules, duties, and regulations in a polite but assertive manner is a major focus of this program. Our program supports a strength-based and harm reduction philosophy of intervention. As such, students will learn how to utilize the different harm reduction techniques in specialized contexts. Client self-determination is at the core of this program, and students will be demonstrating this philosophy during their practical work experience component of the program.

Career Occupation

(if applicable)

4212 – Social and community service workers
Upon completion of this program, students will qualify to work in the following settings:

Students require ONE of the following:

Has successfully reached the Upper Intermediate Level at SELC English Language Centre
SELC Career College on-site administered English Language Test score of 75-79%

Students require ALL of the following:

Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency for domestic students

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and completion of high school studies and/or commencement of post-secondary studies OR have achieved MATURE STUDENT STATUS: 19 years of age, out of secondary school for a minimum of 1 year with program industry experience minimum of 100 hours

Criminal Record check required for Work Experience

About This Program

Program Duration

720 hours: 36 weeks in tota

Homework Hours

On average, students should expect to receive approximately 10 additional hours of homework per week depending on the course expectations.

Completion Requirements*

ADW candidates must complete all courses in the program, and successfully complete practical work experience in a supportive capacity setting. All workshops must be completed while registered in the program.


Program Organization

Title of Course/Work Experience Component

Additional Courses & Certifications

Method(s) of Evaluation*

In the ADW Program, students are assessed in a formative and summative manner. Students are evaluated on all concepts taught in the class on a regular basis through ongoing evaluative techniques such as: end of chapter quizzes, completion of homework and in-class activities, group projects, weekly assignments (media view and reflect, discussion posts, online engagement-games, case study analyses) individual journal entries, participation and professionalism, and oral quizzes.

Delivery Method(s)

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