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Addiction Counselling Skills Certificate


The Addiction Counselling Skills Certificate is intended for individuals who wish to work specifically in the area of addiction and co-occurring disorders. It is designed for those who are entering this area, or for those already employed in the field who wish to upgrade their skills.

Planned by experienced educators and a professional advisory committee, this program is taught by experienced clinicians who emphasize the development of a theoretical framework and clinical skills. There is a required Practicum component where students integrate their classroom training into an approved work place.

International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

Please look at our Professional Development page for additional courses in the counselling area.

Program Status:
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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September, January, April 1 - 3 years Certificate Downtown Full or Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

Online Mail In Person
No online application at this time. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit the Registration Desk at our Downtown campus, 2nd floor, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver [map & business hours]

Program Description

Program Description

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

The graduates of these programs will acquire the theoretical framework and foundational skills and knowledge to work or continue to work in front line, support and counselling positions in the addiction/cooccurring disorders field. Students will study the theoretical approaches to counselling and/or human development and addiction; be given numerous opportunities for clinical practice and supervision and learn a variety of delivery modalities. Students will also complete courses m ethics and diversity training related to the counselling field.

On completion of the Addiction Counselling Skills Certificate, graduates will be able to meet the following outcomes as related to working with clients in addiction services:

  •  Respond empathetically, respectfully, and non-judgmentally to clients and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate counselling skills within a diverse population.
  •  Provide a model of client support that complements the counselling process.
  • Employ risk management techniques and conflict resolution skills to reduce both environmental and interpersonal risks.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive assessment and collaborative goal-setting strategies to facilitate client plans and referrals.
  • Collaborate effectively with clients, colleagues, and community partners for the purpose of providing quality client care.
  • Adhere to professional better practices and agency policies and procedures.
  • Manage client and agency documentation.
  • Apply strategies for encountering and working through current and emerging ethical challenges.
  • Seek and respond to opportunities for increased responsibilities and professional development in order to stay abreast of emerging trends and issues.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness through values, introspection, and behaviour.
  • Develop a commitment to self care.

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESIGN AND DELIVERY MODE

The Addiction Counselling Skills Certificate has been designed to involve the student in a variety of learning exercises and instructional delivery methods. Students participate in lectures, clinical simulations, seminars, demonstrations, guest lecturers, videos, computer labs, and field trips. This program has a skill-based, practical focus and emphasis is on the development and evaluation of these skills. Classroom time exposes the student to theory and practical applications of concepts and skills as required by social services, addictions, and corrections employers.

PROGRAM DURATION

The Addiction Counselling Skills Certificate is designed to be completed on a full or part-time basis. Courses are offered on an evening/Saturday basis and can be completed in a minimum time of 12 months to a maximum time of three years. Students who wish to fast track their studies can complete in one year on a full time basis. Program intake occurs three times per year: September, January and April.


EVALUATION OF STUDENT LEARNING

To receive course credit, students must meet attendance requirements and successfully complete all assignments.

Evaluations in each course typically have skills-based and theoretical components.  Students must complete all course work with a minimum mark of 60%. Any assignment worth more than 30% must be successfully completed to receive course credit.

Numerous course assignments and term papers are required. These assignments strengthen the understanding of course concepts and clinical skills. Homework is highly structured. Individual and group presentations are involved in many of the courses.

CREDENTIAL

Upon successful completion of all requirements for the program, graduates will receive a Vancouver Community College Addiction Counselling Skills Certificate.


PREREQUISITE COURSE:

CNSK 1401 Basic Counselling Skills

REQUIRED COURSE(S):

OPTIONAL COURSE(S):

The following course is strongly recommended, but not required.


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Fluency in English: Completion of Grade 12 English (C+), OR GED, OR successful completion of a VCC ABE or ELA assessment test. ABE minimum scores: Reading-60, Writing-52, Writing Sample-071 placement. ELA minimum scores: Listening 27/30, Speaking 27/30, Essay 16/20, Reading 50/70.
  • Successful completion of Basic Counselling Skills CNSK 1401(C).
  • Written letter of reference showing relevant experience in the helping field (must include direct client contact) either paid or volunteer. If an applicant is a volunteer, a minimum of 35 hours is required
  • Criminal Record Check completed by the Ministry of Justice, for approval to work with vulnerable children and adults and to ensure the safety of clients and individuals supported. Students are required to complete this check prior to admission and as a condition of entry into the program. Practicum sites may require additional Criminal Record Checks prior to starting the practicum. Any additional costs for checks required by practicum sites are the responsibility of the student.


Recommended Characteristics:

  • Basic computer skills: familiarity with the internet, email and word processing skills
  • Maturity, emotional stability and a suitability to work in this field
  • Two years of successful recovery from chemical dependency
  • Familiarity and comfort with basic library research skills
  • A sufficient level of self-awareness and personal and professional development to be able to attend to another person
  • An interest in and capacity to notice and facilitate what goes on inside and between people from a counselling frame of reference and within a diversity framework

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee Approximately $5,100.
Other Costs Tuition by term depends on the number of courses taken. Textbooks and materials will cost approximately $900. Additional fees for Student Union and UPASS, to a max of aprox $150 may also apply.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


Info Sessions

Info Sessions

If you are considering entering the counselling field or are already employed and want to expand your career prospects with academic credentials, VCC's addiction counselling skills and community counselling skills certificate programs can help you achieve your goals. We offer a Basic Counselling Skills - Prerequisite Course as well as Counselling - Professional Development classes.


Join us for an information session at VCC's Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.





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Questions?

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Contact us:

Program Coordinator: Matt Stevenson, VCC Counselling Skills, 604.871.7000, ext. 8392
Program Assistant: Melanie Yeung, VCC Counselling Skills, 604.871.7000, ext. 8635
Practicum Coordinator: Sarah Stirling, Sarah Stirling, 604.871.7000, ext. 8676

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Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

This program is application based. Before you register in any of the courses listed below, please ensure you have applied and been accepted to the program. Apply to the program now.


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2018 (201891)

(CNSK 1402) Foundations of Counselling 3.0 credits    $658.45



Using a systemic perspective, this course provides students with the philosophical and practical skills needed to build a foundation of professional practice and is the cornerstone course of the certificate program. Content includes an orientation to the resources offered by Vancouver Community College, the skills of learning, self-awareness and the systemic nature of individual, family, and community interaction. Students will develop an understanding of self-reflective practice that will enhance their ability to make meaningful connections with others, both personally and professionally. Understanding the social determinants of health and how these impact counselling will be an important focus. Students will examine the role of counselling, all aspects of wellness and a variety of theoretical models that address diversity, mental illness and substance misuse and addiction.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10266 DTN Rm. 425
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
11-Jan-2018
to 29-Mar-2018
Picton, Barbara
  10266 DTN Rm. 425
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
17-Feb-2018
Picton, Barbara


(CNSK 1403) Theories of Counselling 3.0 credits    $658.45



The course is an overview of counselling and psychotherapy in terms of theory and practice. Focus is on the how, what, and why of the theories. Content includes major theories of counselling and the limitations and contributions each makes to the practice of counselling. The emphasis is on practice arising out of theory. Ethical considerations will also be discussed. We will look at the differences in goals and techniques and the associated views of human nature. Students will extract theory from experience, and experience from theory and will formulate and develop their own beliefs and approaches to counselling. Attention will be paid to the process of the class group to support learning and also to enhance the learning environment. Students may take Theories of Counselling (CNSK 1403) OR Lifespan Development (CNSK 1404) for credit. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10464 DTN Rm. 522
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
09-Jan-2018
to 03-Apr-2018
Schur, Peta
  10464 DTN Rm. 522
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
03-Feb-2018
Schur, Peta


(CNSK 1404) Lifespan Development 3.0 credits    $658.45



This course introduces the theories, concepts, research methods, and findings relevant to the study of human development throughout the life-span. Major developmental theories and issues are presented. Emphasis is placed on the integration of life-span principles and concepts into individual social contexts. The effects of heredity and environment, and ethical issues surrounding development are also presented. Students may take Theories of Counselling (CNSK 1403) OR Lifespan Development (CNSK 1404) for credit.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10270 ONLINE M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
TBATo be assigned
TBATo be assigned
11-Jan-2018
to 29-Mar-2018
Barker, Lisa


(CNSK 1406) Individual Counselling Skills - Addiction 3.0 credits    $658.45



This course focuses on the skills of counselling individuals including the counselling relationship and the development of the counsellor. Students examine the skills and strategies involved in counselling specifically in area of addiction. Content areas build on those covered in Basic Counselling Skills and introduce the concept of Motivational Interviewing. Topics include the counselling process, understanding and practicing the skills involved in all phases of the counselling relationship, record keeping, ethical obligations and emerging self-awareness and self-care. The central purpose of this course is to provide participants with experiential learning regarding the client-counsellor relationship and to analyze the issues that emerge from this work with a specific focus in the area of addiction.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10269 DTN Rm. 414
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
10-Jan-2018
to 28-Mar-2018
Smith, Terri


(CNSK 1407) Diversity, Culture and Counselling 1.0 credits    $320.12



This introductory course explores dimensions of diversity and increases knowledge and understanding of the cultural factors underlying client and counsellor behaviour and interventions. Participants will explore their own cultural values and belief systems and learn how these systems affect their relationship and interventions with clients. Participants will also increase their understanding of cultural transition, racial identity and sexual orientation identity development processes, and examine the role of race and culture on communication in the counselling context. Emphasis will be placed on integration of knowledge with personal awareness.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10265 DTN Rm. 425
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
09-Jan-2018
to 06-Feb-2018
Dulay, Bhupie
  10265 DTN Rm. 425
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1615
27-Jan-2018
Dulay, Bhupie


(CNSK 1408) Group Counselling Skills 3 credits    $658.45



This course is designed to offer students a wide spectrum of both theoretical and experiential approaches to group work, focusing especially on core facilitation skills. Students will examine group dynamics and evolution, interpersonal relationships (e.g. conflicts, alliances and other structures), leadership styles, curriculum development, and the role of health and healing practices. Particular attention will be given to developing effective facilitation strategies through achieving greater self-awareness. Students will also learn about the emerging models of group work which focus on collaboration, community-building and creativity. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10267 DTN Rm. 423
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
11-Jan-2018
to 29-Mar-2018
Zadravec, Miljenka
  10267 DTN Rm. 423
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
10-Mar-2018
Zadravec, Miljenka


(CNSK 1409) Family Systems - An Overview 2.0 credits    $419.83



This course examines supporting families using a systems perspective. Specific approaches to supporting families will be explored including family of origin and solution-focused counselling. Content areas include theoretical assumptions, family life cycle, parenting approaches, family violence, ethical issues, and counselling and support strategies. In addition, students will explore their own family experience and become aware of how their experience may impact the way they work with families. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10278 DTN Rm. 518
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
13-Feb-2018
to 27-Mar-2018
Mrozewska, Mariola
  10278 DTN Rm. 514
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1615
03-Mar-2018
Mrozewska, Mariola


(CNSK 1411) Assessment Practices - Addiction 3.0 credits    $658.45



Introduces students to the basic skills of conducting proper clinical assessments and using the information gathered to respond appropriately to client issues and needs. Explores treatment planning, including referrals in the addiction community counselling field. Topics include addiction community resources; legal, ethical, confidentiality, and record-keeping issues; risk assessment and management; major mental disorders including substance misuse; concurrent disorders; suicide; domestic violence; and trauma. Prerequisite: Individual Counselling Skills-Addiction (CNSK 1406), Foundations of Counselling (CNSK 1402); and (completed or taken concurrently) Diversity, Culture and Counselling CNSK (1407) and Addiction and Human Behaviour (CNSK 1415).

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10465 DTN Rm. 826
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
10-Jan-2018
to 28-Mar-2018
Stone, Andrew


(CNSK 1412) Personal and Professional Development 2.0 credits    $419.83



Continue personal and professional development by expanding knowledge of ethical principles - especially as applied to practice issues - through case studies, small and large group discussion, and self-awareness exercises. A large component of the course is process oriented, involving the sharing of students’ self exploration, and examination of the individual’s values and personal limitations. Prerequisites: Individual Counselling Skills-Community (CNSK 1405); Foundations of Counselling (CNSK 1402); and (completed or taken concurrently) Diversity, Culture and Counselling (CNSK 1407). Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10468 DTN Rm. 423
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
29-Jan-2018
to 19-Mar-2018
Picton, Barbara
  10468 DTN Rm. 423
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
24-Feb-2018
Picton, Barbara


(CNSK 1415) Addiction and Human Behaviour 1.0 credits    $320.12



This survey course provides students with an overview of addictive substances and behaviours and the physiological and psychological effects on the body and mind. Students will review the functioning of the healthy brain and be introduced to the functioning of the brain damaged by addictive behaviour and trauma, how genetics and the environment contribute to the development of addictive behaviours, specific psychoactive drugs and concurrent disorders. Prerequisite: Foundations of Counselling CNSK 1402. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10264 DTN Rm. 512
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
19-Feb-2018
to 19-Mar-2018
Wagner, Dale
  10264 DTN Rm. 512
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1615
17-Mar-2018
Wagner, Dale


(CNSK 1488) Practicum - Volunteer 4.0 credits    $547.07



The practicum provides an opportunity for students to master, integrate and display the knowledge and skills which have been taught during the classroom component of the Addictions or Community Counselling Skills Certificate. The practicum has two components: a workplace/agency setting and a classroom setting. At the workplace/agency setting, students under the direction of an approved supervisor counsel clients either individually or in a group setting, attend agency case conferences, and perform other related duties. The classroom component provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their classroom and practicum placement learning. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all courses in the Addictions or the Community Counselling Skills Program.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10275 Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
TBATo be assigned
TBATo be assigned

Stirling, Sarah


(CNSK 1489) Practicum - Employment 4.0 credits    $547.07



The practicum provides an opportunity for students to master, integrate and display the knowledge and skills which have been taught during the classroom component of the Addiction or Community Counselling Skills Certificate. The worksite practicum recognizes the knowledge and skills of students who are currently working in a social service, substance misuse or corrections agency and allows them to meet practicum course goals by integrating their knowledge and skills in a combination of graded classroom presentations and an evaluated skill based assignment. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all required courses in the Addiction or the Community Counselling Skills Certificate Program.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10276 Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
TBATo be assigned
TBATo be assigned

Chadwick, Julie


Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2018 Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2018 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2019 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Addiction and Human Behaviour (CNSK 1415)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits $320.12
Assessment Practices - Addiction (CNSK 1411)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $658.45
Diversity, Culture and Counselling (CNSK 1407)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits $320.12
Family Systems - An Overview (CNSK 1409)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $419.83
Foundations of Counselling (CNSK 1402)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $658.45
Group Counselling Skills (CNSK 1408)
course schedule schedule
3 credits $658.45
Individual Counselling Skills - Addiction (CNSK 1406)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $658.45
Lifespan Development (CNSK 1404)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $658.45
Personal and Professional Development (CNSK 1412)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $419.83
Practicum - Employment (CNSK 1489)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits $547.07
Practicum - Volunteer (CNSK 1488)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits $547.07
Theories of Counselling (CNSK 1403)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $658.45


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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