The triOS Addiction Worker program has been designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for employment as an Addiction Worker. During the program, students learn to apply the principles of addiction, pharmacology and structured relapse prevention planning. Students gain practical skills in intake, assessment, motivational interviewing and treatment planning with a strong emphasis on case management and professional ethics. The program focuses on developing group facilitation skills as well as entry-level skill development in 1-2-1 counselling. Coverage includes an in-depth study of family dynamics and addiction as well as special populations: Natives and other ethnic/cultural groups, youth, sexual minorities, elderly, concurrent disorders, homeless, gender (women), crime, HIV/AIDS and suicidal clients.
Principles of communication are explored in great depth and students will explore anger and stress management techniques and receive NVCI certification and CPR/First Aid training. Strong focus is given to presentation skills, Microsoft Office Applications, documentation and record keeping, ability to multi task and prioritize, organizational and detail skills, professional telephone manner, confidentiality, interpersonal skills and being a team player.
More topics included in this program are: PRINCIPLES OF ADDICTION, PHARMACOLOGY, STRUCTURED RELAPSE PREVENTION, INTAKE, ASSESSMENT & INTERVIEWING, TREATMENT PLANNING, CASE MANAGEMENT & PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, INTRODUCTION TO CHOICE THEORY, ADDICTION RESOURCES & NETWORKING, FAMILY DYNAMICS & ADDICTION, GROUP & INDIVIDUAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELLING, ADDICTION, CRIME & PSYCHOLOGY, PRINCIPLES OF COMMUNICATION, ANGER & STRESS MANAGEMENT, PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL HEALTH DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNSELLOR, SECONDARY TRAUMATIC STRESS and more.
The career opportunities include an Addiction Worker, Distress Centre Support Worker, Group Home Worker, Outreach Worker and many other choices in various social, psychological and support organizations.
Graduates of the triOS Addiction?s Worker Program will meet the formal training component of the requirements necessary to sit the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) certification exam. CACCF offers both a Canadian and Internationally-recognized and respected certification for Alcohol and Drug Counsellors.