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Addictions: Treatment and Prevention

Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology
1 year
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
On campus
04 September 2023
Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

About this program

Addictions: Treatment and Prevention

Students develop the skill set to provide a client-centered and client driven continuum of treatment for individuals with addiction problems. With a strong framework of individual and group counselling skills, students study individual, gender, and societal considerations and the resulting treatment implications through the lens of trauma informed care. They practice motivational interviewing techniques, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and dialectal behaviour therapy (DBT) while learning to match client needs with intervention options. In addition, students reconstruct education and prevention strategies in an effort to design, facilitate and evaluate such tools.

Admission requirements

Post-secondary diploma, or degree, with a specialty in related human services, social work, or social sciences.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Counselling: Motivating People to Change
  • Group Counselling: Dynamics and Processes
  • Treatment Modalities in Addictions
  • Practitioner Skills Development
  • Introduction and Issues in the Field of Addictions
  • Concepts of Chemical Dependency

Semester 2

  • Clinical Applications of Motivational Counselling
  • Prevention and Education in Addictions
  • Addictions and Mental Health
  • Gambling and Other Behavioural Dependencies
  • Enhanced Therapeutic Approaches in Addictions Counselling
  • Best Practices in Supporting Selected Populations

Semester 3

  • Addictions Consolidation


Tuition fee: $26060.36 CAD


Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. counsel individuals, families and groups affected by addictions;
  2. integrate skills and knowledge to provide client-centred treatment;
  3. incorporate family, gender, relational, social and cultural considerations in treatment planning;
  4. plan, implement and evaluate psychosocial educational programs;
  5. advocate for individuals and for social change;
  6. practice ethically, professionally and openly;
  7. utilize strategies essential to being a resilient and healthy practitioner;
  8. employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  9. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Career paths

Graduates may find career opportunities in a variety of settings and job roles including addictions counsellors, substance abuse counsellors, chemical withdrawal management counsellors, addictions nurses, problem gambling counsellors, and attendants in residential, out-patient, and street-front treatment settings.

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Georgian College

Established in 1967, Georgian College (Canada) is a public college with 125+ market-driven programs offered to over 13,000 full time students including about 4,500 international students from 60 countries. Its 100-acre flagship campus, located in Barrie, is just an hour...

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