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Overview

Deepen your knowledge and practical skills to engage effectively with individuals, groups, and families struggling with problematic substance use.

Credential
Advanced Certificate
Tuition
Start Dates
Under Review

What you will learn

 
  • Empathetic approaches in working with people struggling with problematic substance use
  • Supportive counselling techniques for individual, family, and group settings
  • Evidence-based models, tools, and interventions specific to substance use
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • The impacts of historic and systemic oppression
  • Indigenous health models and cultural safety
  • The values of inclusion and social justice
  • Concepts of a helping relationship (respect, self-awareness, ethics)
  • Effective communication
  • Language as an agent of social change
  • Self-awareness and challenging of assumptions
 

What to expect

 
  • Practical and experiential learning
  • Emphasis on skills and integration of knowledge and practice
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group discussions and activities
  • Demonstrations
  • Guest lectures
  • Videos
  • Clinical simulations
  • Field trips
  • Presentations
  • Group projects
  • Exams
  • Research
  • Assignments
  • Lab work
  • Portfolios
  • Self-assessment and reflection
  • Supervised community practicum
 

Admission requirements

 

Upon Acceptance:

  • Students in this program are required to complete a CRC. The CRC must be completed according to VCC's Criminal Record Check instructions. Students whose CRC results indicate they pose a risk to vulnerable populations will not be able to complete the requirements of the program (e.g. practicums) or graduate. 

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free in academic upgrading, university transfer or English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses.

 

Recommended Characteristics

 
  • Basic computer skills
  • Familiarity and comfort with basic research skills
  • Ability to give and receive feedback
  • Maturity, emotional stability and a suitability to work in a helping role
  • A sufficient level of self-awareness and personal and professional development to be able to attend to another person
  • An interest in helping people and willingness to work in support positions in community settings
 

Fees and other costs  

 
Fee description Fee Amount Notes
Application fee $35  
Tuition $5,886  
College initiative $42  
Campus resource $118  
Total $6,081  
 

Additional Details

 

Have a question? Email us - counsellingskills@vcc.ca

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