Addictions: Treatment and Prevention
Motivate people to change! Unique cutting-edge courses and interactive counselling labs. Be in demand by employers in many fields.

General information

Program code
3 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Work integrated learning
1 Internship

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Orillia

Program description

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Admission information

Admission requirements

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

Selection Process

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic grades. 
An overall minimum average of 65%, C+ or GPA of 2.5 is recommended in post-secondary studies. Prior credential (diploma and/or degree) relevancy to be determined by program coordinator.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.


Program-specific Courses

  • ADCT 1000 - Introduction to Counselling: Motivating People to Change
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1001 - Group Counselling: Dynamics and Processes
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1002 - Treatment Modalities in Addictions
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1005 - Practitioner Skills Development
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1014 - Introduction and Issues in the Field of Addictions
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1015 - Concepts of Chemical Dependency
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1012 - Clinical Applications of Motivational Counselling
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1017 - Prevention and Education in Addictions
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1019 - Addictions and Mental Health
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1020 - Gambling and Other Behavioural Dependencies
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1022 - Enhanced Therapeutic Approaches in Addictions Counselling
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1023 - Best Practices in Supporting Selected Populations
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ADCT 1021 - Addictions Consolidation
    (Semester 3 / 495 hours)