Redesigned program curriculum, and a new program title (Mental Health and Addictions Counselling), are now fully approved. A revised program web page will be published in the near future. Please check back.
The field of addictions counselling is growing and graduates of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Addictions Counselling diploma program are in high demand. We appreciate your interest in this field and encourage you to consider joining us for our reintroduction of the program in the 2021/22 academic year. We anticipate that students will study full time and complete their studies in approximately two years.
Applied hands-on learning is the cornerstone of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's vision for education and allows you to hone the skills you've learned throughout the Addictions Counselling program. Our partners in industry are excited to work with and mentor our students, and you'll work on projects with them, gain real world experience and make important industry connections. We work with employers (where you live) to allow you to complete these experiences as part of your studies. At times some travel is needed, but whenever possible we work with you to create engaging and on-site practice experiences.
For more information or to find out more about how to apply to our new Addictions Counselling diploma program offering, please contact Caroline Hoffart, Program Head, Addictions Counselling, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-775-7354.
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 learning qualify you for jobs with community-based agencies, health authorities, 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, and online. You’ll study cross-cultural and gender issues, gambling, pharmacology, drug abuse history in communities, prevention strategies and more. Instructors with real-world experience provide practical training in:
- administrative and communication skills
- integrated case management, motivational interviewing
- one-one and group counselling
- community mobilization, prevention and development projects
- community-based public education, health promotion sessions
- screenings, assessments, treatment plans and referrals
- suicide intervention and crisis intervention
- trauma and addictions
You’ll apply what you learn in class in simulated experiential learning labs. Skilled instructors provide coaching and monitoring as you practice suicide and crisis intervention skills, one-on-one counselling techniques and group counselling and mobilizing community prevention programs.
You’ll get hands-on training in the community, including a two-week clinical practicum in a detoxification setting and a 12-week clinical practicum in a mental health and 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.
Get a Degree
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.
Transfer credit is available for:
- up to 42 credits towards a Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW) with the University of Regina Social Work Degree Program at the University of Regina, Regina Saskatchewan
- up to 51 credits towards the Addictions Counselling Degree (B.Hsc.) program through the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
- up to 30 credits towards a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) Briercrest College and Seminary, Briercrest Saskatchewan
Nationally Recognized Training
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.