BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Chemical Addiction Worker Diploma


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

Chemical Addiction Worker 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.
Diploma Completion Plan
Requires Completion of the Chemical Addiction Worker Certificate as well as the following courses:
  • ACHD-223 - Current Issues in Health
  • ACHD-228 - Case Management: Roles & Responsibilities of Community Health
  • ACHD-230 - Mental Health Wellness and Challenges
  • ADCT-105 - Sociology of Aboriginal Communities
  • ADCT-203 - Special Issues in Counselling
  • ADCT-204 - Advanced Counselling
  • ADCT-205 - Practicum - Addictions Counselling
  • ADCT-294 - Ethics and the Law
  • PSYC-115 - Adolescence and Addiction
  • PSYC-225 - Historical Trauma on First Nation's People
  • STAT-203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Course Listing for this program

    ACHD-223 - Credits: 3.000
    Current Issues in Health
    In this course students will explore traditional and non-traditional trends of today's health care for Aboriginal people. The course provides the view that Aboriginal people's health is the product of a complex web of psychological, spiritual, historical, sociological, cultural, economic, and environmental factors. Students will analyze the health care system and its impact on Aboriginal family health and well-being. This course introduces students to integration of traditional and non- traditional approach to the delivery of health care in Aboriginal communities. Focus will be placed on health transfer as it relates to Aboriginal communities. 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 / or ACHD 126
    ACHD-228 - Credits: 3.000
    Case Management: Roles & Responsibilities of Community Health
    This course will focus on casework practice and management for health care workers. This course will address the legacy of physical and sexual abuse in residential schools, including intergenerational impacts. It will also provide students with an understanding of the specific roles and responsibilities of community health workers, particularly those working in Aboriginal communities. Students will learn how to apply theory into practice; they will also look at casework examples and conduct an assignment with a community health worker. Students will learn about the administrative responsibilities of community health workers including developing competencies in office management, scheduling, recording and reporting, clinical and ethical decision-making as well as communicating with colleagues and supervisors. Students will learn the importance of self-care and implementing a personal wellness plan, to prepare them for their own professional careers. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACHD 125 / or ADCT 104
    ACHD-230 - Credits: 3.000
    Mental Health Wellness and Challenges
    Students will have the opportunity to apply concepts and principles of long-term care for individuals and families with chronic, complex mental health problems and/or developmental needs. They will also explore the difference between long-term care and short-term care treatment approaches. Areas of focus will include contemporary approaches (rehabilitative, habilitative and palliative care). Case studies will include but not be limited to organic illness, genetic mental disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychotic and neurotic conditions, personality disorders, impact of trauma and multi-generational trauma. 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 specifically about trauma and multi-generational impact of residential schools. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACHD 224
    ADCT-105 - Credits: 3.000
    Sociology of Aboriginal Communities
    The course is designed to provide students with the conceptual tools and knowledge for understanding the nature of Aboriginal communities today. Aboriginal people have many different ways of approaching, understanding and talking about issues and specific world views which result from living in an enclosed society. This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine and discuss present day issues through the lens of significant contemporary, historical and legislative events. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    ADCT-203 - Credits: 3.000
    Special Issues in Counselling
    Students explore the significance of communication and diversity as a foundation of basic counselling. Concepts such as cultural socialization, multiple worldviews, race, ethnicity, and gender are examined. The course provides students with a unique treatment of intercultural communication as a mechanism for examining special issues in the counselling process. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    ADCT-204 - Credits: 3.000
    Advanced Counselling
    Students explore, compare and contrast Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal counseling practice models. They examine theoretical frameworks such as cognitive-behavioral, tasks-centered, crisis intervention systems and ecological approaches. Students focus on anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive perspectives as they relate to traditional teachings. Students research common threads/themes that connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal counseling practices. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    ADCT-205 - Credits: 3.000
    Practicum - Addictions Counselling
    Students will gain practical experience and will meet future potential employers through a workplace practicum. The praticum will commence immediately and will consist of 200 contact hours of supervision and workplace assignments. Practicum placement will be under the discretion of the program. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Completion of all Chemical Addiction Worker program courses.
    ADCT-294 - Credits: 3.000
    Ethics and the Law
    This course is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of ethics, laws, and confidentiality as they relate to the chemical addictions counseling profession. The course focuses on the code of ethics of addiction counsellors, legal and moral standards, confidentiality, discrimination, client welfare, public statements, competence, client-counsellor relationships, responsibility, and interpersonal relationships with regards to the role of the counsellor. Cultural diversity is always an integral component of the course work. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program admission.
    PSYC-115 - Credits: 3.000
    Adolescence and Addiction
    This course is designed to assist participants in understanding the effects of alcoholism and other chemical addiction related problems influencing the Aboriginal adolescent. The course focuses on developing an understanding of human development from conception to adolescence, including physiological/neurological development, the impact of intergenerational trauma, family dysfunction, adolescent chemical addiction, relapse and recovery. The course will also include an overview of assessment skills, and various screening and assessment instruments that can assist in conducting a comprehensive assessment of the adolescent and provide effective healing approaches to the problem of addiction. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    PSYC-225 - Credits: 3.000
    Historical Trauma on First Nation's People
    This course offers students theoretical and practical understandings of historical trauma, self-care planning; and exploration of holistic healing approaches. Understanding the primary trauma of colonization and subsequent cultural genocide of First Nations people, how it develops, and its impact on individual and family development through the cultural lens of endurance is central to the recovery and healing process of Indigenous nations. This course will cover topics that include: definitions of historical trauma; colonization and genocide; cultural perspectives of endurance; the impact of historical trauma on development; lateral violence; loss and grief; alcoholic families; shame; resiliency factors; cultural protectors; culturally sensitive interventions and compassion fatigue. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ADCT 102 / or permission of instructor
    STAT-203 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
    This is an introduction course into the discipline of statistics with an emphasis upon applications within the social sciences. The course provides students with an overview of statistical methods that includes scales, measures of central tendency, frequency distributions, normal distributions, sample distributions, hypothesis testing (also known as significance testing), variability, probability, z-scores, analysis of variance, estimation, and linear regression and correlation. The student will learn to apply these descriptive and inferential statistical methods in interpretations of data and analyses of behavioural research pertaining to the social sciences. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or Math 11 Foundations. Please note Math 059 or Pre-Calculus 11 is recommended / MATH 057

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2018 (January - April)


  • ADCT-105-V1
  • ADCT-203-V1
  • ADCT-204-V1
  • ADCT-294-V1
  • STAT-203-01
  • Summer 2018 (May - August)


  • ADCT-205-V1
  • PSYC-115-V1
  • PSYC-225-V1
  • Fall 2018 (September - December)


  • ACHD-223-V1
  • ACHD-228-V1
  • ACHD-230-V1
  • STAT-203-V1
  • Spring 2019 (January - April)


  • ADCT-105-V1
  • ADCT-203-V1
  • ADCT-204-V1
  • ADCT-294-V1
  • STAT-203-01
  • Summer 2019 (May - August)


  • ADCT-205-V1
  • PSYC-115-V1
  • PSYC-225-V1
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