Addictions and Community Service Worker Diploma

Addictions and Community Services Worker Diploma Online
Next program start dates:
Tuesday, July 2, 2024
Monday, August 5, 2024
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Addictions and Community Service Worker


56 Weeks


Calgary / Toronto


On-site / Online / Combination


Morning / Evening / Weekend

Addictions and Community Service Worker Diploma Summary

The Addictions and Community Service Worker Diploma Program fosters the confidence graduates need to start a rewarding new career providing support to those struggling with challenging circumstances. Students are empowered with the skills needed to become front-line workers supporting individuals, families, and communities experiencing a variety of adversities. The program provides learning opportunities that will challenge students to reach their full potential and expand their perspectives. A mandatory practicum placement allows students to apply their education and skills in a real-world setting before transitioning to the workplace.

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Addictions and Community Service Worker Diploma Highlights

Work in the field of community support services is incredibly rewarding. Professionals often express a significant level of job/work satisfaction from the impact and overall difference their work can make in someone's life. Addictions and community support workers hold professional jobs in a wide range of settings including but not limited to, group homes, outreach services, residential treatment facilities, domestic violence shelters, and many other not-for-profit and social service agencies.

Discover key features of the Addictions and Community Service Worker Diploma program:

  • Study online with a schedule that seamlessly aligns with your home, work, and other commitments.
  • Enhance your communication and technical skills needed to work in the community and assist those who suffer from personal, social, and/or substance issues.
  • Learn how to assess clients’ emotional or health related needs, and to develop action plans to support those clients.
  • Explore topics such as the basic concepts of psychology, impacts of stigma, effects of trauma throughout the lifespan, crisis interventions, and addiction treatment approaches.
  • Recognize disorders and mental health concerns with those at high risk for abuse and violence, vulnerable populations, and more.
  • Understanding these core concepts of the helping profession prepares graduates to provide the crucial support their future clients deserve.

Career Opportunities

  • Community Support Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Correctional Facility Support
  • Substance Treatment Centre Support

Salary Range

A chart showing the average salary range of $33,000 to $45,000 for an Addictions & Community Service Worker in Canada

Addictions and Community Service Worker Diploma Information Kit

This kit includes important details on the Addictions and Community Service Worker Diploma program at ABM College.

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Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

1. Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent. 2. Passing score on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam. 3. Passing score on the Accuplacer Test. 4. Successful interview with ABM College Admissions.

Mature Admission

1. Applicants must be out of high school for at least two years. 2. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age prior to admission. 3. Passing score on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam. 4. Passing score on the Accuplacer Test. 5. Successful interview with ABM College Admissions.

Detailed & International Requirements

For any other program or region-specific requirements, please contact one of our Admissions Advisors. For International Students, please refer to the International Students Admission Requirements.

Domestic Detailed Admission Requirements

As a 67-year-old enrolled in my first online diploma program, I highly recommend ABM College to anyone considering further education.Despite my initial hesitation about committing to a 1 year Addictions and Community Service Worker diploma program, the Admission Advisor Pauline Morrison, provided incredible support and made it seem manageable. Dr. Usha my instructor is informative, fun, and accommodating with flexible days and hours.I can't wait for my graduation in the spring!

Gabriele McClure

Course Curriculum

Microsoft Office

This course will help students to effectively utilize all the features of Microsoft Office products, and increase productivity. Students become well versed in the Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook applications. This module helps students sharpen their computer and Office skills and prepare for the main course modules.

Basics of Psychology

This course will provides students with a basic knowledge of psychology terminology and concepts that can be applied in the real world. Students will learn about the problems associated with each stage of our lifespan from infancy into late adulthood.

Addictions Fundamentals

The Negative Impacts of Stigma — Students examine the current and historical views of addiction and the damaging misconceptions which have had significant negative impacts. B) Pharmacology — Concentrates on the basic pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of psychoactive drugs (illicit and legal) and their effects on the mind and body. C) Drug Policy and the Law — Examining the historical roots of the racially oppressive ideologies which created drug policy.

Abuse & Vulnerable Populations

High Risk Populations — Students learn the definition of what it means to belong to one of the vulnerable populations in society what that experience looks like. B) Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Child Abuse — Students discuss the impacts domestic violence takes on survivors of abuse in all forms (physical, emotional, financial, etc.) and the disturbing intersection to child abuse. C) First Nations/Seniors/LGBT/Persons with Disabilities — Highlights the ageist, homophobic, and prejudice.

Trauma & Crisis Intervention

A) The Practice of Self Care — Students will learn the self-care skills within the profession of support work, without attention to the needs of oneself, we become a disservice to the client we encounter. B) Trauma — Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the factors associated with trauma response to include psychosocial, psychical, cognitive, affective and behavioural responses.

Working with Youth & Families

Family Dynamics — Completion of this module will prepare students with knowledge of common dysfunctional family dynamics, an overview of common family therapy approaches, and a first hand look at the use of Genograms. B) Addictions and Families — This course will explore the implications of substance use on families and the special considerations that need to be addressed when working with clients and the importance of including their families in the process.

Guidelines for Practice

Understanding Values — Students learn how to build an awareness of the values which shape us and allow us to work with clients in ethically driven and supportive ways. B) The Helping Professions — Students are introduced to various methods of documenting required of all helping professionals working with clients. C) Communications Strategies and Professional Practice — This subject helps students in working effectively in a professional relationship.

Treatment and Pharmacology

In this course, students will gain an understanding of how agencies approach the inclusion of a client in their organization. Finding the right fit for both the client and agency is an important aspect of success in recovery in which they will work in the future.

Recovery Skills & Prevention

Relapse Prevention — Students explore the reasons for, and the most accepted forms to help prevent, the very common experience of relapse in the recovery process. B) Intervention and Rehabilitation — Students develop the knowledge and skills to assist in minimizing and preventing the effects of prolonged periods of relapse during the journey of recovery. C) Motivational Interviewing — Students learn strategies to motivate clients during interviews throughout the recovery and treatment process.

Interviewing and Counselling Skills

Students will be provided with an introduction to the basic theory and skills necessary for effective interviewing and counselling. A micro-skills approach to intentional counselling is taken. Throughout this course, students use role-play situations to practise skills, concepts, and methods designed to develop concrete competencies in interviewing and counselling.

Working with Groups

This course provides an overview of the basic elements of group process and practice including issues of group leadership and member roles, characteristics of effective leaders, skills required for effective leadership, stages of group development, and ethical considerations.

Treatment and Intervention

Learners are introduced to key concepts and basic competencies required for practice. This course will blend evidence-informed practices and core behavioural and technical competencies for addiction professionals through an inter-professional lens.

Career Prep

Students work with a professional career counsellor to develop and optimize a professional resume to put forward for employers. Additional support in job searching, interview techniques, and other career transition skills are offered to ensure students have the best possible work prospects.


Students will gain practical and hands-on experience to apply the knowledge and skills learned in class to real-world experiences and help build their portfolios to present to potential employers.


For this capstone project, students will use skills and competencies obtained through their academic studies to translate addiction and community service knowledge into practice. They will develop an addiction and community service or practical tool based on a determined need that may be used for prevention or screening purposes, direct client education, clinic use, etc. Students will have the opportunity to determine their own special topic for this project; it will be based on need, current research and best practice. Students will work independently to complete this project, with support from the instructor. This capstone project will promote collaboration, community partnerships, prevention and health promotion in addiction and community service.

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