BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions Certificate

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

Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions Certificate

Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions
Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions
Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions
Advanced Diploma
This program is open to individuals interested in
a career in Indigenous Health and Wellness and
Addictions. In addition, individuals who are
currently in Addiction fields such as Alcohol and
Drug Counsellors or Addiction Workers will find a
benefit in obtaining a credential and/or
specialized professional development training to
meet job requirements. The IHWA Program is
developed and implemented based on Circle Learning
principles, the Medicine Wheel concept, Red Road
Philosophy, Experiential Learning, and the Seven
Sacred Teachings integrated with local Traditional
Knowledge and practices. Courses include a focus
on healing through understanding the history of
Indigenous colonization, complex trauma theory,
genocide, and the reclaiming of self as an
Indigenous person in a traditional spiritual way.
The goal is to provide opportunities for
knowledge, growth, and personal development that
facilitate the individual's self-empowerment. The
program is a multi-entry, multi-exit
credentialed learning experience; learners can
earn a Certificate, Diploma, and Advanced Diploma
that transfers at a 96 block credit into a
Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) partnered
with the University of the Fraser Valley. The
program is fully accredited from years 1 to 4.
Faculty have a minimum of a Masters Degree. They
are certified through the Indigenous Certification
Board of Canada (ICBOC), which is a pathway for
student certification as an Addictions and Mental
Health Worker.

Program Objectives:
Graduates of the Indigenous Holistic Wellness and
Addictions Program should be able to:
- Practice in a wide variety of settings including
Indigenous Treatment Centres, Friendship
Centres, Indigenous Holistic Health Centres, First
Nations Communities and Organizations;
- Understand the processes and interconnection,
human, family, organizational, and community
development in relation to Addictions;
- Understand how systemic forces influence
Indigenous individuals, families, and community
dynamics to both promote and promote
self-determination, First Nations community
and relations with other Canadians through
provincial and federal authorities relating to
Addictions and Holistic Wellness;
- Describe, analyze and critique knowledge, as
well as skills and approaches for Indigenous
Holistic Wellness and Addiction Workers and their
- Students will be able to articulate personal and
professional codes of conduct and ethics
consistent with Indigenous ways of knowing,
values, and beliefs.

Career Opportunities:
Graduates of this program may find employment in
the growing field of Indigenous Health and
Wellness and Addiction Counselling. Their work
will be mainly with adults and include working
with children, youth, and families. Employment may
be in agencies such as health centres and
rehabilitation facilities, treatment centres, or
First Nations agencies.

Guiding Principles for Personal Suitability:
Applicants will be required to demonstrate their
suitability for Indigenous Holistic Wellness and
Addictions practice. The applicant will have a
solid understanding of the Red Road Philosophy (1
year alcohol and drug free) as it pertains to the
field of Addictions, Mental Health, personal
development and Wellness.

Suitability will be assessed through a short
interview with the Program Coordinator.

Program Description and Delivery:
The Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions
Certificate was developed in partnership with the
Hey Way-Noqu' Healing Circle for Addictions
Society (HHCAS). The program provides core skills
required for Indigenous Holistic Wellness and
Addictions Counsellor certification and includes
Indigenous-specific content. The NVIT courses are
University Transfer course credits, which are
transferable and ladder able to related fields.
This program will assist individuals who are
current and/or prospective Wellness Workers,
Alcohol and Drug Counsellors, and Addiction
Workers that may need to obtain upgrading for
certification. This program will provide
continuing credit hours, up-grade, and
professional development to meet job requirements
and post-secondary credits for an incomplete plan.
The program will be delivered over one academic
year at the Burnaby Campus and in Community (under

contract). Each course will consist of a minimum
of 45 student/instructor contact hours that
include assignments and examinations.
1. The Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions
Certificate will be granted to students who
have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+) and
complete 33 credits.
2. The IHWA Certificate will ladder into the
Diploma upon successful completion of the required
33 credits.
3. The Diploma will ladder into the Advance
Diploma upon successful completion of 33 credits.
The Advanced Diploma will be awarded upon
successful completion of 30 credits.
4. In partnership with the University of the
Fraser Valley (UFV), the IHWA program upon 96
completed credits will block transfer into the
Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS), and a Degree
will be awarded upon the completion of 30 UFV BIS

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