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Program Delivery Location: Merritt, Vancouver, Community Based Delivery
Credential: Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma
Chemical Addictions worker Certificate completion plan
Chemical Addictions Worker Diploma completion plan
Chemical Addictions Worker Advanced Diploma completion plan
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.
Graduates of the Chemical Addiction Worker Program will be able to:
• Practice in a broad variety of settings including Aboriginal Treatment Centres, Friendship Centres, Aboriginal Health Centres, Aboriginal Communities and Organizations;
• Understand the processes and interconnection, human, family, organizational and community development in relation to Addictions;
• Understand how systemic forces influence Aboriginal individuals, families and community dynamics to both promote and impair self-determination, Aboriginal community relations, and relations with other Canadians through provincial and federal authorities relating to Addictions;
• Describe, analyze and critique knowledge, as well as skills and approaches for Chemical Addiction Workers and their practice;
• Articulate personal and professional ethical conduct consistent with Aboriginal values, beliefs and professional Chemical Addiction Worker code of ethics.
Graduates of this program may find employment in the growing field of addictions counselling. Their work will be mainly with adults but may also include working with children, youth and families. Employment may be in agencies such as health centres and rehabilitation facilities, treatment centres, or Aboriginal agencies.
To receive a Chemical Addiction Worker Certificate the student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 (C) and complete 33 credits. The Chemical Addiction Worker Certificate will ladder into the Chemical Addiction Worker Diploma upon successful completion of the prescribed 33 credits. A Chemical Addiction Worker Diploma will be granted to students who successfully maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 and complete the prescribed 63 credits in the NVIT Chemical Addiction Worker Program. The Diploma consists of 20 courses and one supervised field practicum (200 hours). Each course will consist of a minimum of 45 student/instructor contact hours and includes assignments and examinations. Learners may be assessed for how prior learning meets the program and course learning outcomes. The program may be delivered flexibly in Aboriginal communities as determined by NVIT in conjunction with those community partners.
Guiding Principles for Personal Suitability
Applicants to this program will be required to demonstrate their suitability for human service practice, and their concurrence with the generalist, interdisciplinary approach to working with Aboriginal and rural communities. Suitability will be assessed through a 5 page personal statement which the Department Coordinator will review. Experience in working in the areas of addictions in health and/or social service organizations (paid or voluntary) may improve an applicant’s ability to demonstrate suitability for the program.
For more information about the Chemical Addiction Worker program, contact Chelsea Vaughan at firstname.lastname@example.org at 250.378.3378 or toll free at 1-877-682-3300.