$1400 Scholarship

Addictions workers prepare and conduct prevention planning and support programs for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.

This diploma program provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed for a challenging but rewarding career in this field. The program focuses on developing group facilitation skills as well as one-on-one counselling skills.

The program will enable you to  learn the principal concepts in addictions, pharmacology,  relapse prevention strategies and intake and discharge practices. Students will also gain first-hand knowledge in  motivational interviewing and the trans-theoretical model of change, treatment options and planning, all within a nurturing, professional and ethical environment.

Upon completion of this program, students will seek career opportunitiesas:

  1. Family social service worker
  2. Community Mental health worker
  3. Resident support worker
  4. Addiction and counselling support worker
  5. Women shelter worker

The program is delivered in English with an option of  in-class or online instruction. The program will employ lectures, field trips to various sectors within the industry as well as shared expertise from experienced guest speakers.


9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Monday to Friday)


5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Monday to Friday)


March 8, 2021


All locations


20 hours/week


300 Hours

Further information

1. High School Graduate or equivalent OR mature student status (19 years or older prior to starting the program).

2. Meet one of the following English Language Proficiency requirements:

  • Minimum Grade 10 English (Domestic Students)
  • For English as second language students; Overall IELTS 5.0 or equivalent.
  • Pass the College’s English admission test.

Course No.

Course Name

Minimum Course Hours


Relapse Prevention

80 hours


Pharmacology Fundamentals

80 hours


Intake & Discharge Planning

20 hours


Indigenous People & Addiction

80 hours


Addiction Treatment Options

40 hours

Program Total

15 weeks

300 hrs.

ARSW100 Relapse Prevention

This course introduces students to relapse prevention strategies used in inpatient and outpatient settings. Fundamental to this inquiry is a session-by-session breakdown that guides the students through assessment, application of motivational interviewing techniques, and providing supports for the initiation and maintenance of change.

ARSW101Pharmacology Fundamentals

This course examines the impact of drug use/abuse on the human body. It describes how physiological changes caused by substance use/abuse in turn trigger psychological, emotional, and behavioral changes in the drug user.  Students are asked to critically reflect on contemporary trends in Canada in terms of drug use prevention, drug treatment, and harm reduction social policies.

ARSW102Intake & Discharge Planning

Entering and leaving treatment are often experienced as crises by people trying to recover from substance problems. This course introduces students to supportive best practices in both intake and discharge procedures.

ARSW103Indigenous People & Addiction

Students will explore an overview of the issues Indigenous peoples experience with addictions by exploring the cultural and historical contexts. Students will have opportunities to engage in culturally-based methods of learning about recovery and addictions. The questions surrounding the prevalence of addiction in Indigenous communities will be addressed. This understanding will aid social workers or service provides to more effectively service Indigenous

  • Basic familiarity with motivational interviewing and the trans-theoretical model of change.
  • Outline relapse prevention strategies
  • Explain the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of drugs of abuse
  • Review intake and discharge practices across a variety of treatment options
  • Explore the social and historical contents for Indigenous people struggling with addiction
  • Learn culturally-relevant ways to be of service to Indigenous people in addiction and in recovery
  • Explore the multitude of treatment options and learn how to match client to the correct form of treatment.

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