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ADDICTION WORKER

PROGRAM DETAILS

TYPE:Diploma
TIME:AM/PM
DURATION:39 - 47 Weeks
INTERNSHIP:Available
CAMPUSES:SpecificINQUIRE
NOC CODE:4212
PROGRAM OUTLINE

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: First Nations 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 Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training along with CPR/First Aid instruction. 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
  • Microsoft Office, Microsoft Imagine Standard and Windows are included in the program fees

INCLUDED COURSES

Anger & Stress Management Techniques

This course provides a foundation for developing anger & stress management techniques. Topics include anger management & stress management. On completion of this course the student will have gained a foundational understanding of managing emotional life issues especially anger, rage and anxiety.

Case Management & Ethics

This course provides an introduction to case management and ethical practices. Topics include ethics and other professional responsibilities, case management roles and functions, developing service plans, mental status exam and the DSM-IV. On completion of this course the student will have gained a foundational understanding of case management and its applications. This course also involves creating a general awareness to ethical issues and other professional responsibilities.

Computer Fundamentals

This course is designed to provide students with a basic overview of computer usage, along with an introduction to Microsoft Office applications. The course will involve a comprehensive skills assessment process that will be used to determine the need for future training.

Addiction, Crime and Psychology

This course provides a basic understanding of psychology including a historical overview, concurrent disorders (major psychological disorders), rational emotive therapy, self motivations, values and morality. The course also provides insight into addiction & crime and explores anomie theory and motivation as well as opportunity theory. The course also involves the In-depth study of the autobiography of Serge Leclerc.

Family Dynamics & Addictions

This course provides a basic study of the alcoholic family in recovery. Topics include when the drinking/drugging stops, process of families in recovery, assessing family functioning and the stages of families in recovery. On completion of this course the student will have gained a foundational understanding of addiction as a family disease. This course also involves creating an experiential understanding of the effects of addiction on the family.

Group & Individual Substance Abuse Counselling

In this course students will be introduced to the foundation of counselling the alcohol and drug dependent client. Topics include treatment principles, counseling techniques, the individual, treatment & group counseling therapy principles and modalities. The student will also participate in challenging exercises that promote skill development, conceptual understand and self-awareness. On completion of this course the student will have gained a foundational understanding of counselling clients with substance abuse issues in group and individual settings. This course also involves creating an experiential understanding of group dynamics as well as group design and implementation.

Personal and Professional Health Development of the Counsellor

This course provides a foundation for positive health development of the counselor. Topics include depression & despair, sleep deprivation, healthy supports & relationships, dealing with loneliness and grief, spirituality & self-esteem, humor & laughter and nutrition & exercise. On completion of this course the student will have gained a foundational understanding of healthy counselor development.

Intake, Assessment and Interviewing

This course provides a study of addiction related intake, assessment and interviewing techniques. Topics include screening & intake, DSM 5, Motivational Interviewing & Stages of Change, interviewing youth and suicide, assessment and intervention. On completion of this course the student will have gained a foundational understanding of screening, intake, assessment and interviewing processes. Upon completion of this course the student will demonstrate confident assessment and interviewing skills.

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Theory

This course provides an introduction to Cognitive Theory for Addictions. Upon completion of this course the student will have gained a basic foundation of the theory, practice and application of Cognitive Behaviour Theory in the area of addictions.

Pharmacology

This course provides an introduction to pharmacology. Topics include classes of drugs and drugs within each class; basic principles of drug pharmacology; drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion; therapeutic and toxic effects; endogenous and exogenous substances; effects of drugs on behavior, cognition and emotions; CNS and PNS studies; neurons and neurotransmitters; liver diseases, GI tract absorption disorders related to drug use; blood brain barrier; first pass metabolism and dose-response relationship. On completion of this course the student will have gained a foundational understanding of the basic principles of drug pharmacology with emphasis specific to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

Principles of Communication

This course provides a foundation for developing communication skills. Topics include verbal and non-verbal communication, sensory data, power, affiliation and achievement, questions, values and beliefs. On completion of this course the student will have gained a foundational understanding of necessary communication skills needed for counseling. This course also involves extensive practical exercises.

Principles of Addiction

This course provides a foundation for the study of addictions. Topics include substance abuse trends, statistics and effects in society; theories, treatment modalities, prevention and intervention ideals; classes of drugs and study of drugs within each class; addiction and its effects. The Principles of Addiction course also introduces students to a deeper insight into addictions through study of Dr. Gabor Mate’s book ‘In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts’; Close Encounters with Addiction. On completion of this course the student will have gained a foundational understanding of addiction and its applications. This course also involves creating a general awareness to ethical issues and practices. This course will allow the opportunity for students to interact and understand the relevance of addiction and the impact on society.

Process Addictions

This course provides a basic foundation for the study of process addictions. Topics include: compulsive gambling, sex addiction, eating disorders, work-a-holism and compulsive buying.

Structured Relapse Prevention Planning

This course provides a study of structured relapse prevention and the nature of the cycle of addiction. Topics include relapse prevention overview and trends, understanding relapse behavior, treatment modalities and post acute withdrawal. On completion of this course the student will have gained a foundational understanding of structured relapse prevention and its applications. This course also involves creating a general awareness of the role of the structured relapse prevention counselor.

Addiction Resources & Networking

This course provides intense research and study of community agencies specific to the field of addictions. On completion of this course the student will have gained a in-depth study of community agencies and services available to support individuals suffering from addictions. This course also involves creating a network catalogue which the student can reference in the workplace.

Special Populations

This course provides a basic study of the effects of substance abuse and chemical dependency on special populations. Special populations covered: Natives & other ethnic/cultural groups, youth, sexual minorities (LGBT), elderly, co-occurring disabilities, homeless, gender (women) and suicidal clients.

Secondary Traumatic Stress

This course provides a foundational understanding of secondary traumatic stress. Topics include secondary traumatic stress, trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, vicarious trauma, the therapist-supports / barriers / sorting styles & dual relationships.

Treatment Planning

This course provides an established standard for writing effective and efficient treatment plans in the treatment of addictions. Topics include developing and writing treatment plans, goals, objectives, presenting problems, measuring success and outcomes. This course will also involve creating a treatment plan for Crickett. Upon completion of this course students will have gained practical application of establishing effective and efficient treatment plans.

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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 WHO HAVE RECENTLY HIRED triOS GRADS

  • 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)  - $21.92
High Wage ($/hr)        - $33.18

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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

RESOURCE ARTICLE: WHY ONTARIO NEEDS ADDICTION WORKERS

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