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Addiction Worker

Diploma Program Length: 47 Weeks
39 weeks Classroom, 8 weeks Internship

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Addiction Worker program has been designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for employment as an Addiction Worker. During the program, students learn to apply the principles of addiction, pharmacology and structured relapse prevention planning. Students gain practical skills in intake, assessment, motivational interviewing and treatment planning with a strong emphasis on case management and professional ethics.

The program focuses on developing group facilitation skills as well as entry-level skill development in 1-2-1 counselling. Coverage includes an in-depth study of family dynamics and addiction as well as special populations: Natives and other ethnic/cultural groups, youth, sexual minorities, elderly, concurrent disorders, homeless, gender (women), crime, HIV/AIDS and suicidal clients. Principles of communication are explored in great depth and students will explore anger and stress management techniques and receive NVCI certification and CPR/First Aid training.

Strong focus is given to presentation skills, Microsoft Office Applications, documentation and record keeping, ability to multitask and prioritize, organizational and detail skills, professional telephone manner, confidentiality, interpersonal skills and being a team player.

Students receive:
  •  2 month internship!
  •  Official Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI):  Non-Violent Crisis Intervention® (NVCI) Training CPR/First Aid Training
  •  Free Microsoft Office Professional Plus, DreamSpark Standard and Office 8

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The career opportunities include an Addiction Worker, Distress Centre Support Worker, Group Home Worker, Outreach Worker and many other choices in various social, psychological and support organizations.
Note: Some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.

FACT
In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction challenge.
Source: "Mental Illness and Addictions: Facts andStatistics." CAMH.

EMPLOYERS THAT HIRE

  • YMCA
  • Social Services
  • Toronto Community Housing
  • McMaster Children’s Hospital
  • United Way Toronto
  • Goodwill Toronto HIV/AIDS Connection
  • And many more..
SALARY INFORMATION

Average Wage ($/hr)  - $20.00
High Wage ($/hr)        - $31.00

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

High School Graduation Diploma or Mature Student Status (18 years of age and academic achievement assessment passed). 

NOC CODE: 4212

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