A counsellor provides guidance to a member in recovery at an addictions support group

Embark on a rewarding career supporting individuals with addiction

Addictions: Treatment and Prevention Ontario College Graduate Certificate program

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

Program code ADTP
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Delivery Full-time
Program delivery method(s) Hybrid What does this mean?

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2024 Orillia

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

  • This program includes an internship component. During your final semester, you’ll take part in a supervised, structured work opportunity and apply your academic knowledge in a setting directly related to your program.
  • Learn about types of work-integrated learning at Georgian.

What are the admission requirements for the Addictions: Treatment and Prevention program?

Addictions: Treatment and Prevention admission requirements

Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent with a specialty in related human services, social work, or social sciences.

Language Proficiency Requirement

The English proficiency requirement can be met through:

  • Completion of IELTS Academic only with a minimum score of 7.0
  • Completion of Level 8 of Georgian’s GAAS – English for Academic Purposes with 80% of higher

For further information, refer to Georgian’s English Language Proficiency policy 2.5 at: https://www.georgiancollege.ca/international/admissions/#english-language-proficiency

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.

What career paths can I take in addictions treatment and prevention?

Your Addictions: Treatment and Prevention graduate certificate gives you many 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.

Flex MORE. Study Addictions: Treatment and Prevention part-time

Benefits of studying part-time:

  • Register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go!
  • MORE choices. We are always adding more flexible delivery programs and courses.

What courses are included in the Addictions: Treatment and Prevention graduate certificate program?

Course overview

12 Program Courses
1 Internship

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Addictions: Treatment and Prevention program outline.

  • ADCT 1000 – Introduction to Counselling: Motivating People to Change
  • ADCT 1001 – Group Counselling: Dynamics and Processes
  • ADCT 1002 – Treatment Modalities in Addictions
  • ADCT 1005 – Practitioner Skills Development
  • ADCT 1014 – Introduction and Issues in the Field of Addictions
  • ADCT 1015 – Concepts of Chemical Dependency

Your course delivery method(s)


This program has a hybrid delivery method. Some parts are online and other parts are delivered in person. You’ll need to come to campus for part of your program.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

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