Designed for students with previous, relevant education, this highly specialized program was developed in consultation with recognized experts in the fields of addiction and mental health including Lakeridge Health Corporation.
This program meets the standards of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) and will be accepted as recognized formal addiction education should a graduate apply for certification with the CACCF.
Program highlights include the opportunity to:
- Expand the skills required to practice in addiction and mental health settings.
- Gain experience with a broad spectrum of clinical settings where addiction/mental health related issues arise.
- Develop an understanding of the particular needs of diverse populations.
- Receive training in contemporary, evidence-based approaches to counselling and case management.
Please note: Some courses may be delivered in online or blended formats using the college's learning management system.
It is important for individuals interested in this program to consider that the topics covered (e.g. trauma, abuse, suicidality, overdose), as well as images and videos shown in some courses can potentially be emotionally dysregulating to some. There are instances when professors and guest speakers will show drug paraphernalia. These topics and images are an unavoidable aspect of working in this field, therefore it is important that before entering the program, prospective students strongly consider if they are able to experience these aspects of the program without becoming excessively emotionally dysregulated.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Conduct client-centered and motivational counseling, case management, assessment and documentation in accordance with professional, ethical and legal practices to culturally diverse population of individuals, families and groups affected by addiction and/or mental health issues.
- Utilize current and relevant intervention strategies that are consistent with an understanding of the individual in the context of family, gender, sex, ethnicity and age.
- Utilize lifestyle and wellness strategies in self-management and for clients affected by addiction and/or mental health issues.
- Conduct professional practice activities, in a manner that shows respect for the diversity of belief systems regarding the cause and nature of addiction, process addictions and mental health issues.
- Apply knowledge of trauma-informed counseling practice when working with families, individuals and groups.
- Utilize the knowledge of psychopharmacology in working with clients and families affected by substance-abuse and mental health.
- Advocate for individuals and social change within the scope of practice of an addictions and mental health professional.