Northern College of Applied Arts & Technology

Addictions Counsellor

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Program Information

School:Northern College of Applied Arts & Technology
Faculty:School of Human Services
Degree:Certificate; Co-op
Field of Study:Substance Abuse/Addiction Counselling
Description:This program prepares students to work with people who are experiencing stressful events in their lives from an individual, family and community perspective. Students will learn how to intervene in crisis situations and will develop skills needed to assist individual clients, groups, families and communities to better meet their challenges and to enhance their social functioning. Clinical practice labs and field placements provide a milieu where students are able to apply theory into practice through interviewing, case assessment and planning. Students must be able to apply skills, such as teamwork and group work outside of class. They may also be required to seek feedback from agency professionals for lab work and video assignments.

Social service workers are commonly employed by government agencies (e.g. Ministry of Community and Social Services), and social service agencies (e.g. child and family services, mental health associations, municipal social assistance offices, etc.)
URL:Addictions Counsellor at Northern College of Applied Arts & Technology
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $2,118
National: $2,118

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade11 Computer Related Studies 

This program is an Ontario graduate certificate program which necessitates that students must have completed a prior post-secondary program in Social Sciences, Health Sciences or Human Services. Other requirements include a physician’s medical report as per guide supplied by the College; proof of current immunization, including Hepatitis B; 2-step Mantoux (with follow-up chest x-ray if the Mantoux test is positive), measles and mumps; current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate (C.P.R. - Level C); standard First Aid Certificate (or equivalent); WHMIS Certificate (may be obtained at a minimal cost through the College); and a recent criminal reference check – CPIC or Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC) - (within 3 months) is required prior to the end of the first week of classes in September.

* 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 August 11, 2011