Pures – Addictions Counsellor

Program Description

Credential Earned: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full Time
Program Length: 2 Semesters

Addictions Counsellor program prepares students to work with people who are experiencing stressful events in their lives from an individual, family and community perspective. The program provides the learners with innovative and rigorous addiction specific content. Opportunities for hands-on practical experience will be made available during the Addiction Treatment Approaches Practice Lab and the Fieldwork Placement component of the program. It 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.

Career Opportunities
There are a range of job opportunities for graduates in the Addictions Counsellor program. Upon graduation, students may find employment in service agencies, health care facilities, residential programs or penal institutions. Addictions counselors 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.)

Start Date
January, May, September


Semester 1
AA1083 Introduction to Research
CM1703 Essay and Report Writing
DA1043 Theoretical Perspectives on Addiction Treatment
DA1053 Issues and Tools in Substance Use, Screening, Assessment and Case Management
SW3003 Group Processes
SW3023 Interviewing Skills I

Semester 2
AA2041 Community Service Learning
DA1023 Concurrent Disorders
DA2001 FWP for Addictions Counsellor Program
DA2011 Addictions Seminar
DA2033 Treatment Approaches in Addiction
DA2043 Addiction Treatment with Diverse Populations
DA2063 Addiction Treatment Approaches Practice lab
SW2033 Crisis Intervention