Diploma Program

Addictions Worker

This program has been approved by PTIB.


Addictions Worker Training British Columbia

Diploma Program Overview

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.

Addictions Worker Career Occupation

Upon completion of this program, students will qualify to work in the following settings: shelters, safe houses, recovery facilities, detox, mental health and addiction facilities, tenant support workers, youth in addictions agencies, advocacy groups, case worker/manager, therapeutic recreational facilities, community food and housing, hospitals, mental health support agencies.
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this program, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

Demonstrate the skills needed to support clients with multiple barriers and co-morbid diagnoses in a variety of contexts.

Administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services specializing in addictions.

Assist clients in addressing personal and social problems with a focus on psychosocial rehabilitation and client self-determination.

Use psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery principles to support people living with mental health and substance use challenges to live the life they envision for themselves.

Use NVCI (non-violent crisis intervention) techniques appropriately and effectively.

Utilize supportive counselling techniques for individual, family, and group settings.

Discuss the impacts of historic and systemic oppression.

Describe Indigenous health models and perspectives on healing and trauma.

Operate within a trauma-informed practice setting.

Empathically communicate to clients in all exchanges, and effectively work in group situations and team-based settings.

Effectively and always demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.


Students require ONE of the following:

All applicants and registrants, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin, must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English.

There are two ways to meet the English requirement:

1. Complete both of the following:

A) English 10, 11 or 12 or equivalent with a minimum of ‘C’ Grade for proficiency in reading and writing

B) Two years of full-time education in English in an English-speaking country For proficiency in speaking and listening


2. Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening by completing one of the following courses or assessments to meet acceptable levels:

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

2 year sobriety declaration

About This Program

Program Duration

  • 38 weeks - total of 720 hours
  • Classroom Instruction 600 hours
  • Practicum Hours 120 hours
  • Co-op 360 hours



Student Success Strategies (40 Hours)

Professional Communications for Addiction Workers (40 Hours)

Basic Computing for Human Service Workers (40 Hours)

Developmental Psychology I (40 Hours)

Developmental Psychology II (40 Hours)

Abnormal Psychology (40 Hours)

Theories of Addiction: A Sociological Perspective (40 Hours)

Addiction and Intimate Partner Violence (40 Hours)

Co-Morbidity: Mental Health & Addiction (40 Hours)

Trauma Informed Practice (40 Hours)

Harm Reduction Approaches to Rehabilitation (40 Hours)

Relapse Prevention & Crisis Management (40 Hours)

Pharmacology & Medication Management (40 Hours)

Intake & Assessment (40 Hours)

Professional Ethics for Addiction Workers (40 Hours)

Career Success I (done during the program - 40 Hours)

Additional Courses & Certifications

Emergency First Aid & CPR C (equivalent to OFA Level 1) (8.5 Hours)

WHMIS Online Certification (2 Hours)

Food Safe Level 1 (8 Hours)

Non-violent Crisis Intervention Certification (8 Hours)

ASIST Suicide Prevention Training Certification (1.5 Hours)

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