Diploma in Addictions Worker

The Addictions Worker Diploma Program at SELC College is a specialized training program designed for individuals aspiring to support and empower those struggling with addiction issues. This program provides students with the essential skills and knowledge to effectively address challenges related to homelessness, mental health, domestic violence/abuse, and the unique needs of women with children.

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What Will Students Learn With the Addiction Worker Diploma?

The program’s academic strengths lie in its comprehensive approach to understanding addiction from multiple perspectives, including sociological, psychological, and medical viewpoints. Students learn about the intricacies of co-morbidity, focusing on the intersection of mental health and addiction, and are trained in trauma-informed practices, essential for addressing the underlying causes of addiction. A significant emphasis is placed on harm reduction and relapse prevention strategies, equipping students with contemporary techniques for effective rehabilitation. The curriculum also includes a deep dive into pharmacology and medication management, providing crucial insights into the medications commonly used in addiction treatment. This blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application positions graduates as well-equipped professionals ready to make a meaningful impact in the field of addiction support.

  • Professional communications
  • Psychological development
  • Sociological perspectives on addiction
  • Addiction treatment
  • Self-care & preventing burnout


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Courses in Addictions Worker Diploma

This course will highlight basic college survival skills and strategies for academic achievement. Main topics of study are taking notes, communicating in the classroom, preparing for a class lecture conducted in different formats such as blended, hybrid, and flipped courses, condensing main ideas, identifying and organizing what to learn, exploring thematic readings, using systems to expand vocabulary, visual/mind mapping of ideas, following thought patterns, preparing for and taking exams, managing stress, and working in diverse, collaborative teams.

Students define interpersonal relationships and identify ways to distinguish among the different types. Students will learn to identify and describe the stages of relational escalation and de-escalation.Students will also be able to explain what occurs and how to respond when relationship expectations are violated.

In this course, students will begin their study of Microsoft Word, one of the most popular computer software applications and one that almost everyone has a reason to use. This course offers students the opportunity to use Microsoft Word to perform basic word processing tasks, such as writing a memo, a report, or a letter.

This course teaches students basic concepts and methods, as well as differing theories of child (early, middle) development. Students learn physical, sensory, and perceptual development in infancy and early childhood, cognitive development in infancy/early childhood and social and personality development in infancy and early childhood.

This course relates its content to the real world; students study and write a report on development in the real world. For example, students research and report on First Nations youth suicide crisis; social change and multicultural identity formation; youth criminal justice, the effects of video games, bullies and victims.

Abnormal psychology presents and examines numerous individual perspectives in the field of human behavior. This course presents the differing psychological perspectives by discussing various relevant paradigms with emphasis on the conceptual approaches and therapeutic interventions that have garnered the most empirical support in research literature. This course uses a ground-up Canadian text, one that features indigenous case studies, legal and ethical issues, prevention programs, and ground-breaking research, as well as the history of abnormal psychology in Canada.

This course offers an innovative look at emerging and well-established counseling theories. Each theory begins with a brief overview of the approach and a biographical sketch of its developer, and then moves on to the theory’s key concepts, therapeutic process, therapeutic techniques and procedures, application and current use, and strengths and limitations. Particular attention is given to the application of each theory to people from diverse backgrounds.

This course is an authentic introduction to the crimes of family violence, covering offenders and offenses, impact on victims, and responses of the criminal justice system. Comprehensive yet easy to understand, the textbook used in this course is essential reading for students considering careers in criminal justice, victim advocacy, social work, or counseling. Gosselin draws on extensive field experience and real examples to explain abuse and its effects on survivors.

Students are taught to maintain a critical perspective on the various DSM diagnoses and the medical model as promulgated through the DSM. The field of social/addiction support work has a focus not just on the individual and their co-morbid diagnoses, but on the person within an environmental context, and concerns itself with strengths as well as problems.

This course includes a practical collection of tools and strategies for prospective addictions counselors that includes a solid foundation of research, theory, and history. Practical and comprehensive, Trauma Informed Practice explores an array of techniques and skills that a new practitioner will need in the real world while providing a thorough review of the research, theory, and history of addiction counseling.

This course serves as a clinical guide to inform Addiction Workers how to put the principles of harm reduction into practice with therapy clients who have substance use problems. This course teaches students how to provide effective evidence-based therapeutic work with people still using alcohol or other drugs.

This course provides crucial help for mental health professionals in assessing and reacting to various crises involving suicide, homicide, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, sexual abuse, bereavement/grief, substance use, natural disasters, wars, and terrorism. Included are practical applications to various crisis situations experienced by counselors and first-hand experiences and perspectives from practitioners working in crisis-intervention situations.

In this course, students are introduced to basic pharmacological concepts with specific emphasis and application of medication distribution and management. The course covers: legal obligations of distribution, and professional accountability. Students will learn critical concepts such as principles of drug interactions, pharmacokinetics-stages of drug metabolism, terminology and classification of drugs, mainly psychotropic agents.

This course provides aspiring addiction workers with an overview of the many methods and procedures used in the process of assessment so they can become competent and ethical practitioners in our multicultural society.

This course provides students with concrete, practical guidelines for dealing effectively with some of the most pressing and difficult ethical and legal issues in the field of counseling. Students learn to develop a professional identity as counselors. Client rights and counselor responsibilities are emphasized; additionally, confidentiality and privileged communication are taught in conjunction with information on records and subpoenas.

In this course, students will be able to use their skills to demonstrate the effectiveness of successful integration in the delivery of culturally safe mental health services for Indigenous clients. Intergenerational trauma and substance use is also covered with a focus on Indigenous approaches to healing and well-being.

This course focuses on the knowledge and abilities required for the process of career planning and development. Students will gain an opportunity to explore the Canadian labour market and recognize trends that may influence their future careers through thoughtful self-assessment, career exploration, planning and networking. Students will get the opportunity for practice, feedback and reflection as students prepare for future interviews.

Career opportunities for students

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In Canada, the Addictions Worker Diploma Program equips graduates for a vital role in the healthcare and social services sectors, addressing the pressing need for skilled professionals in addiction support. This field is increasingly significant due to the growing recognition of addiction as a complex health issue requiring specialized care. Graduates find opportunities in diverse settings such as recovery facilities, detox centers, mental health clinics, community support agencies, and residential treatment programs.
  • Addiction Support Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Recovery Coach
  • Mental Health Support Worker

    Average salary for 

    a Recovery Coach

    $44,793/ a year

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    Start dates at students’ convenience

    Start Dates for the Program 

    Students who would like to study Addictions Worker Co-op Diploma can decide on any date to start the program. Program start dates are subject to change. Our team will assist you in finding the best available date regarding your study plans in Canada.

    Start Dates in 2024
    May 21st 2024
    Jul 2nd 2024
    Jul 29th
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