- Basic computer skills
- Familiarity and comfort with basic research skills
- Ability to give and receive feedback
- Maturity, emotional stability and a suitability to work in a helping role
- A sufficient level of self-awareness and personal and professional development to be able to attend to another person
- An interest in helping people and willingness to work in support positions in community settings
What you will learn
- Empathetic approaches in working with people struggling with problematic substance use
- Supportive counselling techniques for individual, family, and group settings
- Evidence-based models, tools, and interventions specific to substance use
- Trauma-informed practice
- The impacts of historic and systemic oppression
- Indigenous health models and cultural safety
- The values of inclusion and social justice
- Concepts of a helping relationship (respect, self-awareness, ethics)
- Effective communication
- Language as an agent of social change
- Self-awareness and challenging of assumptions
What to expect
- Practical and experiential learning
- Emphasis on skills and integration of knowledge and practice
- Group discussions and activities
- Guest lectures
- Clinical simulations
- Field trips
- Group projects
- Lab work
- Self-assessment and reflection
- Supervised community practicum
- Successful completion of VCC's Counselling Skills Foundational Certificate program or equivalent
- English language proficiency at a minimum Grade 12 'C+' level
- Criminal Record Check (CRC). In accordance to the Criminal Records Review Act, all individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to the program will be responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
Certificate tuition is $5657.
Additional fees may apply, as well as costs for text books and other supplies.
|CNSK 2502||Foundations of Addiction Counselling Skills||2.0|
|CNSK 2503||Introduction to Trauma Informed Practice||1.5|
|CNSK 2504||Introduction to Concurrent Disorders||1.5|
|CNSK 2506||Addiction and Human Behaviour Across the Lifespan||3.0|
|CNSK 2507||Addiction and Public Policy||1.5|
|CNSK 2508||Addiction Assessment Skills||2.0|
|CNSK 2509||Group Facilitation Skills||2.5|
|CNSK 2510||Indigenous Perspectives and Addiction||1.5|
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.