University of the Fraser Valley

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Substance Abuse Counselling

University of the Fraser Valley

Faculty:Social Work and Human Services
Field of Study:Substance Abuse/Addiction Counselling
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $4,188
National: $4,188


Alcohol and drug abuse is a growing problem in our society. An increasing number of people are seeking help in treating their addiction problems. Similarly, there is an increasing number of people working in the social services and related fields who are seeking additional training in order to become more effective with their client groups. The part-time (nine-month) Substance Abuse Counselling certificate program is designed to help professionals who recognize their own limitations and strengths and wish to improve their knowledge and skills. Students will gain knowledge about alcohol and drug dependencies, techniques for working with clients with dependencies, and knowledge and skills related to specific client groups. Intervention skills will be developed on individual, group, and family levels.

Our program will help working professionals who recognize their own limitations and strengths, and wish to improve their knowledge and skills or specialize in the substance abuse counselling and concurrent disorders fields. It is designed as a post-graduate program for people who hold certificates, diplomas, or degrees in related fields (chemical dependency, human services, social work, education, corrections, health care, etc.). Many educational institutions give credit for some of the courses if you should consider moving on to graduate degrees. It may also be taken as part of a degree program (Bachelor of General Studies, BA in Psychology, BA in Adult Education, etc.).


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants must have formal training in counselling skills.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on May 26, 2020