The Home of Aboriginal Public Post-Secondary Education in BC

Chemical Addiction Worker Advanced Diploma


Department: Career Training (Human Services)
Program Delivery Location: Merritt, Vancouver, Community Based
Credential: Advanced Diploma
Format: Full-Time
Start Dates: September

Chemical Addiction Worker Advanced Diploma

The Chemical Addictions Worker program provides core skills required for First Nations Wellness Addictions Workers, and includes Aboriginal specific content. This program will assist individuals who currently are Alcohol and Drug Counsellors and/or Addictions Workers, who may need to obtain professional development to meet job requirements. In addition this program is open to individuals who wish to seek employment in the addictions field.
Advanced Diploma Completion Plan
The Chemical Addictions Worker Advanced Diploma provides core skills required for National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) Treatment Centre Counsellors and Community Prevention Workers, and includes Aboriginal specific content. This program will assist individuals who currently are Alcohol and Drug Counsellors and/or Addictions Workers and may need to obtain professional development to meet job requirements. In addition this program is open to individuals who wish to seek employment in the addictions field.
  • ACED-160 - Community Analysis
  • ACED-161 - Negotiations and Contract Management
  • ACED-180 - Project Management
  • ACED-182 - Proposal Writing
  • CHAD-324 - Addiction and Nutrition
  • CHAD-327 - Blood Borne Pathogens
  • CHAD-333 - Psychosocial Trauma Healing: Addiction Theory and the Grief Process
  • CHAD-334 - Relapse Prevention
  • CHAD-335 - Working with FASD in Aboriginal Communities
  • CHAD-339 - Cultural Perspectives on Stress & Trauma
  • Course Listing for this program

    ACED-160 - Credits: 3.000
    Community Analysis
    Community Analysis examines how communities work. Five community functions - political, social, cultural, economic, and physical - will be identified and will be looked at from research, investigative, assessment, and analytical perspectives. The course highlights how data on the five functions may be collected, and how the analysis of the data can help Community Economic Development officers clarify challenges and opportunities and use the information to direct and inform action planning. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: English 11, Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent assessments, or permission of instructor.
    ACED-161 - Credits: 3.000
    Negotiations and Contract Management
    This course focuses on how to successfully negotiate in a variety of organizational situations. In addition, participants learn the basic features of entering into, and successfully managing, a contract. Both negotiations and contract management are examined in this course through experiential models and practices, focusing particularly on applications with a First Nations setting. The learning process is based on a combination of lecture inputs to introduce core concepts, individual and class exercises organizational skills, and allows students to monitor their own progress in the course. This course is targeted for those who are employed and/or have administrative experience. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: English 11, Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent assessments, or permission of instructor.
    ACED-180 - Credits: 3.000
    Project Management
    Examines project management from a First Nations perspective, using models based on First Nations community projects. Experiential processes supplement theories for an introductory approach to managing projects, including finances, planning, scheduling and problem-solving. This course is targeted for those who are employed and/or have administrative experience. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: English 11, Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent assessments, or permission of instructor.
    ACED-182 - Credits: 3.000
    Proposal Writing
    The content of this workshop is timed for delivery over a period of 45 hours. Proposal writing was designed to address training requests for participants who are primarily employed by First Nations organizations, albeit others charged with proposal writing can benefit from the content of the workshop. As First Nations communities are similar in so much as they respond to similar needs and search for similar funding types; three types of proposals are presented: Responses to RFPs Letter Proposals Shot Gun Proposals (proposing new ideas) This course is targeted for those who are employed and/or have administrative experience. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: English 11, Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent assessments, or permission of instructor.
    CHAD-324 - Credits: 3.000
    Addiction and Nutrition
    This course will give the students the opportunity to view addiction as a physiological disease as defined by the World Health Organization. How alcohol and drugs damage the entire body will be reviewed and discussed. Students will examine how Aboriginal health, which had been maintained by a traditional diet and life-style, has been adversely affected by a modern diet and life-style. Furthermore, students will note that Aboriginal people have become predisposed to addictions because of such harmful changes in their diets and life-styles. The current First Nations Canada Food Guide will provide a focus for discussion. Learning to identify healthy food choices using a holistic program model, students will gain the knowledge and skills to help restore people to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. As part of these investigations, students will become aware of how a lack o More Details on this course
    Corequisites: Advanced diploma program admission or permission of instructor.
    CHAD-327 - Credits: 3.000
    Blood Borne Pathogens
    This course is designed to assist participants in understanding ways to recognize, control and deal effectively with blood-borne pathogens. This knowledge will enable participants to implement procedures and policies that will limit accidental exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials in the workplace that could result in disease or death. While students will learn about blood-borne pathogens, such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Opportunistic Infections, and Hepatitis (A, B, C), myths and taboos regarding blood-borne pathogens and transmission will also be discussed. As well, community education and modern approaches to health will be explored to prepare students for work in closed communities. Critical to this course, students will also learn about pre- and post-supportive counseling for individuals. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Advanced diploma program admission or permission of instructor.
    CHAD-333 - Credits: 3.000
    Psychosocial Trauma Healing: Addiction Theory and the Grief Process
    This course investigates the connections between historical and social trauma, grief, and addictions. One of the foci will be on cultural healing that will encompass within its scope First Nations cultural metaphors, symbols, archetypes, histories, and Indigenous healing practices. From a First Nation's perspective, students will make a deep and collective inquiry into addiction, explore trauma and grief inter-culturally and intra-culturally, and theorize culturally specific ways to apply psychosocial trauma healing and grief management approaches during the recovery process. Since the learning process is highly interactive, dialogic and stimulating, students will be required to trust in their personal knowledge gained from experience, tribal histories, and teachings. To support this learning process, students must demonstrate a willingness to think and process information outside the box. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Advanced diploma program admission or permission of instructor.
    CHAD-334 - Credits: 3.000
    Relapse Prevention
    This course is designed to assist participants in understanding the recovery/relapse process and stages of relapse, identifying warning signs of relapse, and developing effective relapse prevention strategies and techniques with the client. Culturally appropriate techniques to reduce the risk to Aboriginal patients will be discussed. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Advanced diploma program admission or permission of instructor
    CHAD-335 - Credits: 3.000
    Working with FASD in Aboriginal Communities
    This course is designed to provide learners with a conceptual framework for working with individuals who are affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol, clinically referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The nature of the neurological differences that make adaptive living so difficult for individuals with an FASD will be highlighted. Given its practical orientation, the course will enable students to work with First Nations communities, to select and apply intervention techniques, and to provide support for individuals and families living with an FASD. To be truly effective, the learner will continue to require on-going mentoring, time in the field, and practice using the knowledge acquired. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Advanced diploma program admission or permission of instructor
    CHAD-339 - Credits: 3.000
    Cultural Perspectives on Stress & Trauma
    This course incorporates a more expanded definition of trauma that is based upon an understanding of how trauma affects groups, communities and societies. From this theoretical perspective, students will recognize that the phenomenon of collective trauma may be a normal response to abnormal situations and, therefore, is not just a form of pathology. Instead of examining trauma and appropriate intervention strategies within a Western theoretical and philosophical paradigm, this course will conduct an in-depth review of stress and trauma within the social and cultural contexts in which they have occurred, including the impact of historical racism on Aboriginal identity which has resulted in cultural loss. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Advanced diploma program admission or permission of instructor

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2017 (January - April)


  • CHAD-333-V1
  •  

    Find a course

    Search for: