BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Chemical Addiction Worker Certificate


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

Chemical Addiction Worker Certificate

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.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


Admission Requirements Grade 12 graduation with:



  • C+ in Foundations of Math 11 or Math 057; and

  • C+ minimum in English 12/English 12 First Peoples or ENGL 060.


Certificate Completion Plan
  • ACHD-126 - Self, Health, and Wellness
  • ACHD-129 - Introduction to Aboriginal Family & Counseling Systems
  • ACHD-224 - Addictions and Recovery
  • ADCT-101 - Couns Skills, Processes, Theory, Method
  • ADCT-102 - Psychology, Understanding Human Behaviour
  • ADCT-103 - Introduction to Mental Health
  • ADCT-104 - Case Management
  • ADCT-200 - Pharmacology & Psychoactive Chemicals
  • ENGL-110 - English Composition
  • SOCI-133 - Group Dynamics
  • STSC-101 - Strategies for Success 101
  • Course Listing for this program

    ACHD-126 - Credits: 3.000
    Self, Health, and Wellness
    This course focuses on personal care and individual responsibility for the practice of basic stress management as it relates to service delivery. Emphasis is placed on understanding balancing of professional and personal lives. Students explore the concept of a collective learning format, which recognizes the importance of traditional Aboriginal values in the healing process. The theory and practice of the medicine wheel for health and healing and exploring mind/body/spirit connection to illness and wellness is compared with contemporary methods of self-care. Ethical issues associated with self-care and practice are explored. This course will address the legacy of physical and sexual abuse in residential schools, including the intergenerational impacts by providing students with the opportunity to explore the impacts of colonization and residential schools, including the many forms of abuse, on their own family systems. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACHD 123
    ACHD-129 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Aboriginal Family & Counseling Systems
    The purpose of this course is to introduce family and counseling systems theory and practice from an Aboriginal perspective. Students will gain an understanding of the perspectives, theory methods, and practice of western counseling with an emphasis on Aboriginal worldviews, including traditional healing and ceremonies. This course will address the legacy of physical and sexual abuse in residential schools, including the intergenerational impacts by providing students with the opportunity to learn counseling techniques both contemporary and traditional that are relevant and specific to survivors and intergenerational family members of residential schools. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program admission or permission from the Dean's office.
    ACHD-224 - Credits: 3.000
    Addictions and Recovery
    This course will examine the various forms of addictions including substance, solvents, and process addictions. Students will have the opportunity to examine addictions from a structural perspective and how colonialism, and residential schools have contributed to the social challenges of Aboriginal communities. Processes of recovery will be explored, including western models and traditional models. This course will address the legacy of physical and sexual abuse in residential schools, including intergenerational impacts by providing students with the opportunity to understand how residential schools have contributed to high levels of addictions in our communities, and how recovery can be effective by utilizing a blend of contemporary and traditional models. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACHD 126
    ADCT-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Couns Skills, Processes, Theory, Method
    This course introduces students to several theoretical perspectives used in the counselling process. Students examine practice concepts such as problem solving, goal-setting, self-awareness and intervention methods. An Aboriginal perspective citing ways of knowing is explored as a mechanism in the process of problem identification. Students compare and contrast the ecological approach with traditional teaching of the medicine wheel as conceptual frameworks within the counseling process. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program admission
    ADCT-102 - Credits: 3.000
    Psychology, Understanding Human Behaviour
    This course is an introduction to native psychology. It introduces the psychological understanding of human nature developed in tribal thought. These understandings include; 1) the development of the individual through the stages of life; 2) an introduction to ceremonial practices which promote healthy individuals, families systems, and communities; and 3) an introduction to the dynamics of native psychology as it relates to the client in recovery. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    ADCT-103 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Mental Health
    This course introduces students to the principle of mental health and its association to the legacy of colonization. Students examine the colonization process as it relates to current high rates of depression, anxiety, alcoholism, suicide, and violence in Aboriginal communities. Students are required to use critical thinking and reasoning skills. An Aboriginal perspective guides the delivery of this course. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    ADCT-104 - Credits: 3.000
    Case Management
    The course will introduce students to management skills in the administration of caseloads, including the maintenance of appropriate records, developing procedures for diagnosing and planning, and for follow-up treatment after the client is released. This course will examine techniques that will ensure appropriate management of clients' treatment and of their files. This course will assist students towards balancing traditional Aboriginal and non - Aboriginal practices standards. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    ADCT-200 - Credits: 3.000
    Pharmacology & Psychoactive Chemicals
    This course is designed to assist participants in developing an understanding of pharmacology and to increase their familiarity with the signs and symptoms of psychoactive chemical problems. Participants will gain knowledge of the effects and interactions of psychoactive chemicals that lead to dependence or addiction: physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Participants will gain information in the area of pharmacology to assist in conducting effective assessments, counselling, treatment and referral of clients. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 050 / ENGL 060 / or Math 11, English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor.
    ENGL-110 - Credits: 3.000
    English Composition
    English 110 prepares students to write successful college essays. This course focuses on the writing process. Students will learn how to develop, organize, write, revise, document, and edit essays. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor.
    SOCI-133 - Credits: 3.000
    Group Dynamics
    This course is designed to assist participants through a process of experiential learning that provides skill building activities in group dynamics. Group facilitative skills will be developed or strengthened for use in chemical addictions counselling. Students will be exposed to didactic presentations aimed at applying, integrating, and reinforcing group dynamics. Cultural diversity is an integral component of this course. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / ENGL 12, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
    STSC-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Strategies for Success 101
    This course is a hybrid incorporating both online and classroom teaching. It introduces the students to college academic culture and connects them to the resources that will aid in their success. The course covers a variety of topics including: test-taking strategies, note-taking, time management, online research, student responsibilities and ethics, learning styles, and setting educational goals. More Details on this course

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2018 (January - April)


  • ACHD-129-V1
  • ACHD-224-V1
  • ADCT-101-V1
  • ADCT-104-V1
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • STSC-101-01
  • Summer 2018 (May - August)


  • ADCT-102-V1
  • ADCT-103-V1
  • Fall 2018 (September - December)


  • ACHD-126-01
  • ACHD-126-V1
  • ADCT-200-01
  • ADCT-200-V1
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • SOCI-133-01
  • SOCI-133-V1
  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1
  • Spring 2019 (January - April)


  • ACHD-129-01
  • ACHD-224-01
  • ACHD-224-V1
  • ADCT-101-01
  • ADCT-101-V1
  • ADCT-104-01
  • ADCT-104-V1
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • Summer 2019 (May - August)


  • ACHD-129-V1
  • ADCT-102-01
  • ADCT-102-V1
  • ADCT-103-01
  • ADCT-103-V1
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