Addictions & Community Support Worker Diploma

Addictions & Community Support Worker Diploma Summary

The Addictions and Community Support Worker Diploma is a rewarding program that provides students key skills required to work with community agencies in helping various people who need support or assistance. Students will have a practical and hands-on experience in handling different cases of family issues, addiction issues, mental health issues, trauma, and more.

Student-Focused Learning

Students determine the ways they want to learn their course material

Engaging Classroms

Instructors use a variety of teaching methods to keep classes dynamic and interesting

Various Satisfying Careers

Students have a wide variety of career options so they can choose the most rewarding one


Addictions & 
Support Worker


44 Weeks
40 In-Class
4 Practicum


Calgary Campus





Career Opportunities

  • Community Support Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Correctional Facility Support
  • Substance Treatment Centre Support
community support worker average salary

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Addictions & Community Support Worker Diploma Description

Addictions and Community Support Workers hold professional jobs in a wide range of settings such as child and family social service agencies. They can also find employment with programs concerning alcoholism, drug abuse, and family violence.

The Addictions and Community Support Worker Diploma at ABM College provides students with the communication and technical skills needed to work in the community and assist those who suffer from personal, social, and/or substance issues. Students will learn how to assess clients’ emotional or health related needs, and to develop action plans to support those clients.

A mandatory practicum placement occurs at the end of the program, which allows students to apply their education and skills in a real-world setting. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work in a range of social service settings in the province with their practicum experience giving them a smooth transition into the workplace.

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ONE of these criteria*:
Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with minimum score of 65% in English 30-1 on verified transcript
General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.), plus completed English 30-1 or equivalent with score of 65% or higher, successful interview with ABM College Administration, and if student’s first language is not English, Canadian Language Benchmark of 6 with SLE Language Evaluation Test (Accuplacer)

*All students must provide a clear criminal record check prior to commencing practicum.

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of these criteria*:
1. At least 18 years of age prior to admission
2. Score of 20 or higher on Entrance Exam (Scholastic Wonderlic)
3. Completed English 30-1 or equivalent with minimum score of 65%
4. Successful interview with ABM College Administration
5. If student’s first language is not English, Canadian Language Benchmark of 6 with SLE Language Evaluation Test (Accuplacer)

*All students must provide a clear criminal record check prior to commencing practicum.


Next Program Start Dates:

July 06, 2020

August 04, 2020

Addictions and Community Support Program Information Kit

This kit includes useful information about the Addictions and Community Support Worker program at ABM College
    *If you do not reside in Canada, please refer to our International Student page.

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Addictions & Community Support Worker Course Components

Course Description: This module will provide students with the computer skills needed to work in a fast-paced environment. Students will build skills in keyboarding, internet use, and Microsoft applications.

Course Description:

A) Introduction to Psychology – This course provides students with a basic knowledge of psychology terminology and concepts that can be applied in the real world.

B) Lifespan Development – This course discusses the developmental stages of the human lifespan. Students will learn about the problems associated with each stage of our lifespan from infancy into late adulthood.

C) Introduction to Mental Health – Students will learn about the principles of mental health and behaviour assessment. This is designed to introduce students to the signs, symptoms, and causes of emotional and social behavioural disorders, how to prevent them, and provide possible supports and intervention.

Course Description:

A) Fundamentals of Addiction – This module will cover general addictions, youth addictions, women’s addictions, gambling addictions, and the addictions associated with cultural problems amongst more.

B) Children and Youth Care Issues – This course will give students an overview of what children and youth in society are facing today. Students will explore attachment issues, social and physical trauma, street trade and human trafficking, and domestic abuse. Students will also learn about adolescent intervention strategies.

Course Description:

A) High Risk Populations – This course is about the defining traits and norms of different social groups. Students will learn how respectively work with these different types of social groups.

B) Working with Families – This particular course focuses on the influence of abuse within families. There will be discussions about preventatives and intervention strategies, the impact of addictions within families, and issues related to family support work.

Course Description:

Students will be able to describe crisis intervention and suicide prevention models including the use of psychological first aid strategies. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the factors associated with trauma response to include psychosocial, psychical, cognitive, affective, and behavioural responses.

A) Life Skills Mentoring – This course is designed to assist students to apply critical thinking in regards to decision making. An emphasis is placed on personal learning, which includes an ability to manage one’s life effectively and with greater confidence.

B) Communication Strategies and Professional Practice – This course educates students on working effectively and maintaining professional relationships. Topics include general communication, language, public communication, informative speaking, persuasive speaking, non-verbal communication and more.

Course Description: Students will develop the knowledge and skills to assist in minimizing and preventing the effects of prolonged periods of relapse during the journey of recovery.

Course Description:

A) Group Facilitation – In this course, students will learn about the dynamics of group counselling and understand the stages of group work development. Students will gain confidence, leadership skills, and learn to overcome challenges that arise in these types of situations.

B) Client Interviewing Techniques – Students will learn to demonstrate how to effectively communicate with clients in many types of situations through role-play and field work. Students will also be introduced to a diverse range of interviewing techniques.

Course Description: Students will gain practical and hands-on experience to apply the knowledge and skills learned in class to real-world experiences in a professional capacity.

Course Description: Students will learn how to develop and optimize a professional resume to put forward for employers. Additional support in job search, interviewing, and other professional skills is provided to ensure students have the best possible career transition prospects.