It takes emotional maturity, good people skills and a strong sense of self to become an addictions counsellor. If you’re interested, the Addictions Counselling program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic will provide the training you need. The program is also the first in Canada to integrate mental health, addictions and First Nations philosophy.
Extensive training hours and experiential learn qualify you for jobs with community-based agencies, health regions, non-profit organizations, school systems and private companies. Look for a position as a treatment counsellor, addictions educator, group home worker, case manager or employee/family assistance counsellor.
Addictions Counselling is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus. Some classes are also available through distance education. You’ll study cross-cultural and gender issues, gambling, pharmacology, drug abuse history in communities and more. Instructors with real-world experience provide practical training in:
You’ll apply what you learn in class during role-play sessions in experiential labs. Skilled instructors provide coaching and monitoring as you practice suicide and crisis intervention skills, one-on-one counselling techniques and group counselling.
You’ll get on-the-ground training in the community, including a two-week work experience in a detoxification setting and a 12-week work experience in an addictions program setting. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s extensive training hours and real-world experience provide professional skills and confidence, enabling you to transition smoothly into a counselling position on graduation.
If you add an introductory course in corrections to your studies, when you graduate you’ll be eligible to transfer into third year of the four-year Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies at Lethbridge College in Alberta.
The program is sanctioned by both the Addictions Professionals Association of Saskatchewan (APASK, www.apask.org) and the Canadian Addictions Counsellor Certification Federation (CACCF, www.caccf.ca). It also exceeds national workforce competencies developed by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA). This means your training is relevant in today’s job market.
On graduation, you’ll be eligible for membership in the Addictions Professionals Association
of Saskatchewan (APASK). You’ll also be able to apply your training hours as recognized
clinical supervision to achieve full certification as an addictions counsellor or
prevention worker through the CACCF.
Look for career opportunities with provincial and federal health agencies, non-profit organizations, school systems, private companies and with community-based agencies such as the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and the Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan.
For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor||Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors (4153)||$42,100 - $95,000|
|Substance Abuse Counsellor||Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors (4153)||$42,100 - $95,000|
|Drug Addiction Worker||Community and Social Service Workers (4212)||$29,200 - $66,700|
Year 1 - 32 weeks (on campus); Year 2 - 33 weeks (14 weeks at practicum locations)
* The assessment must be completed by an addiction service provider in accordance to the standards and methodology of SMRS (Saskatchewan Model of Recovery Services).
A Personal Information Package that provides more detail on the program's admission requirements is available from Registration Services.
Standard First Aid and CPR Heartsaver "A" AED or equivalent are required for occupational and/or clinical placement.
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Year 1 - $8,000
Year 2 - $6,000
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.