Addictions and Community Services Worker Program

Support a variety of social assistance programs as an addictions and community services worker.

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Change Lives as an Addictions and Community Services Worker

You can truly make a difference helping others overcome challenges. Drug, alcohol and other substance abuse issues, including the opioid crisis, have become a leading cause of death for youth and other at-risk communities in Canada. Meanwhile, individuals and families are struggling with mental health, and various personal and social issues that are preventing them from fully functioning in society. Help create change with this meaningful career that allows you to work in a variety of settings, including mental health centers, community health centers and private practice.

Almost 1 in 5 Canadians reported that they needed some help with their mental health

Program Type


Program Length

37 weeks/771 hours instruction + 5 weeks/100 hours practicum

Delivery Method

Hybrid (Online classes/In-person practicum)

This program has been reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

What You’ll Learn

  • Role of community service workers in improving the social welfare of individuals and communities and the social and community services available.
  • At-risk behaviours across a variety of groups.
  • Root causes of mental health, addictions, homelessness and interventions and strategies in dealing with these issues.
  • Impact of substance abuse on target populations dealing with mental illness.
  • Effects of mental health in relation to addiction, diagnosis and medications used in pharmacotherapies.
  • Impact of cultural and diversity issues on the client-counsellor relationship.
  • Canadian health care system resources available.

Student Story

The teacher, Ron is amazing at adjusting his teaching patterns to suit the learning needs of the student. Making it really easy to follow along and comprehend what is being taught. Every member of the staff I have spoken with was kind, and helpful. Overall if I was ever to further my education with different training I would 100 % return to Ameridian-Pacific.” 

Jeanette Albinati  

Addictions and Community Service Worker Program

Admission Requirements

For Enrollment:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older).
  • All applicants must complete a “Student Declaration” form.

Practicum Requirements

Students who meet the minimum requirements of a program are eligible to complete related work experience:

  • Students must complete all courses in their program of study.
  • Students must achieve at minimum a passing grade of 65% in each course.
  • Students must provide proof of the following:
    • A clear criminal record check.
    • A record of current immunizations.

Earning Your Certificate

To graduate, you’ll need to complete the following requirements:

Addictions & Community Support Worker Courses

  • Addictions Fundamentals
  • Social Service Work Fundamentals
  • Psychology Fundamentals
  • Sociology Fundamentals
  • Ethics Fundamentals
  • Self-Care Techniques
  • Resources and Networking
  • Interview & Intake Procedures
  • Professional Report Writing
  • Family Studies
  • Mental Health Fundamentals
  • Behaviour Analysis Techniques
  • Pharmacology Fundamentals
  • Relapse Prevention
  • High Risk Populations
  • Child & Youth Populations
  • *Third Party Certificates
  • Practicum Work Experience

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Work Experience

  • Complete 100 hours of work experience in a job practicum for real-world application.

Enrollment Timelines

Next intake deadline

July 22, 2024

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