Addictions & Community Support Worker Diploma

Addictions & Community Support Worker Diploma Program Description

The Addictions and Community Support Worker Diploma program 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 substance issues. Students will learn how to assess clients emotional and health related needs along with how to develop action plans to support those clients.

Addictions and Community Services Workers hold professional jobs in a wide range of settings such as child and family social service agencies. Addictions and Community Services Workers are also employed programs concerning specifically with alcoholism, drug abuse, and family violence.

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.

Workplace Settings

  • Community health services
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Mental health services
  • Group homes
  • Correctional facilities
  • Substance abuse treatment centers
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Next Program Start Dates: Jun 01, 2020 || Jul 06, 2020

44 Week Program | 960 Hours

40 Weeks of In-Class Training | 800 Hours

4 Week Practicum | 160 Hours


Addictions and Community Support Worker

44 Weeks

Course Duration

Calgary & Online

Program Location

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Alberta High School Diploma, verified by a transcript, or non-Alberta equivalent OR
  • General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D) and ALL of the following criteria:
  • Completed English 30-1 course with passing grade of 65% or higher
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Provide a clear criminal record check prior to beginning the practicum 

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Successful result on Wonderlic test with passing score of 20
  • Completed English 30-1 course with passing grade of 65% or higher
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Provide a clear criminal record check prior to beginning the practicum

*Canadian Language Benchmark of 6 required for both standard and mature admissions if student's first language is not English.*

Who Should Enrol?

If you are an individual who is passionate about helping others, and enjoy providing support to those in need, then this could be the right course for you!

For further information about our Addictions and Community Support Worker program please contact an ABM College admissions counsellor.

Program Courses

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. (80 hours)

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 and how to prevent and provide possible supports and intervention. ( 80 hours)

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. (80 hours)

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. (80 hours)

Course Description:
A) Fundamentals of Pharmacology – This module concentrates on the basic pharmacology of mental health problems and substance use. This course will cover the effects of psychiatric medications and substance use on the brain. Students will learn the fundamentals of delivering medication safely and the procedures associated with withdrawals.
B) Introduction to Intake Procedures & Treatment Planning – This module helps students understand the role and purpose of the support worker in the intake procedure and treatment planning. Students will also go over the challenges that they may come across during this process. (80 hours)

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 psycho-social, psychical, cognitive, affective and behavioural responses. (80 hours) A) Trauma and Crisis Intervention

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. (80 hours)

Course Description:
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 educations students on working effectively and maintaining professional relationships. Topics include general communication, language, public communication, informative speaking, persuasive speaking, non-verbal communication and more. (80 hours)

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. (80 hours)

Course Description: Students are introduced to various methods of documenting classified client information and the requirements for various entries within the limits of legal and ethical requirements. (80 hours))

Course Description: This program consists of a 4 week practicum placement. Students will gain practical and hands-on experience to apply the knowledge and skills they've attained with handling different cases of addiction, mental health issues and trauma from their in-class training. (160 hours)

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