Addiction Counsellors

(NOC 4153)
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What do Addiction Counsellors do?

Addiction counsellors assist individuals and groups of clients to identify, understand and overcome personal problems and achieve personal objectives.

How to become: Addiction Counsellors


  • A master's degree in the field of counselling, mental health or a related social service discipline is usually required.
  • In Quebec, a master's degree in psychoeducation is required to practise as a psycho-educator.
  • An undergraduate degree or college diploma in a social science is required for certain areas of counselling.
  • Membership with a provincial association for marriage and family therapists or clinical counsellors is required to use the title "Registered Marriage and Family Therapist" or "Registered Clinical Counsellor", and in Quebec, to use the title "marriage and family therapist (MFT)", "family therapist (FT)" or "marriage therapist (MT)". Membership with a provincial association may be required by some employers.
  • In Quebec, membership in the professional association is mandatory for counsellors and psychoeducators.
  • Registered marriage and family therapists and registered clinical counsellors must meet strict criteria involving post-graduate education and a period of supervised clinical work with clients.

Where to study for a career as: Addiction Counsellors

Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Addiction and Mental Health Worker Diploma
Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion (Morningside Campus) Post-diploma; Online
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Bow Valley College
Calgary, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Addiction Studies Diploma - Aboriginal Focus Diploma
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Canadore College
North Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Mental Health and Addiction Worker Diploma
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University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Public Health Bachelor; Honours
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University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Addictions Counselling Bachelor
Addictions Counselling Post-diploma
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Modified on January 26, 2022

How much do Addiction Counsellors make?

Low:
$39,998
Average:
$60,154
High:
$91,520

Job openings for Addiction Counsellors

Job Seekers:
18,200
Job Openings:
18,800