Addictions Worker

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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.

Career Occupation

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

  • 36 weeks - total of 720 hours
  • Classroom Instruction 600 hours
  • Practicum Hours 120 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)

Practicum (120 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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