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Community Service Worker and Addictions Worker Diploma

Our Community Service Worker with Addictions Worker Specialty diploma program prepares you to advocate and locate resources for vulnerable members of the community, with an emphasis in Addictions. The Academy of Learning® Career College focuses on the career-targeted skills and training that today’s employers are looking for so you can complete this program in less than eight months through our innovative Integrated Learning System™ (ILS). With ongoing enrolment and a flexible course schedule, you can start your education as soon as you’re ready!

Our career-focused curriculum includes courses in:

  • Addictions Worker Level 1, 2 and 3
  • Mental Health & Addictions
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Family Life in Canada
  • Criminology and At-Risk Populations
  • Case Management, and more.

Throughout the program, you will learn to help clients in need of services, support and resources. A field-related work placement builds your confidence as you apply your skills in a real work setting. We also provide job search and resume writing workshops to help you get on track for a successful and long-lasting career.

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AOLCC’s Integrated Learning System™

All courses in our programs are delivered through our unique Integrated Learning System™ (ILS). Through ILS, you will develop a true proficiency in each topic, no matter your age or skill level upon enrolment. Our learning coaches are with you every step of the way to provide individualized assistance and encouragement in a supportive and non-competitive learning environment. Here’s how it works:

  • You only advance to the next course when you are confident that you have mastered one topic and are ready to move on to the next
  • You participate in hands-on exercises, tasks and practice exams that test your knowledge and give you confidence
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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work in a wide variety of CSW settings and occupations. Job titles vary per location, but graduates are an integral part of many settings, including:

  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Youth centres
  • Individual and family services
  • Youth protection services
  • Public administration
  • Civic and social organizations
  • Social advocacy
  • Grant-making organizations
  • Provincial government
  • Out-patient care centres
  • Local community service centres (e.g., CLSC)
  • Vocational rehabilitation services
  • Educational services
  • Hospitals
  • Community food and housing
  • Emergency relief services
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Public and private addictions counselling clinics
  • Addictions and drug awareness agencies
  • Mental health centres
Program Objectives

This program provides students with the basic knowledge, skills, and work experience needed to become permanently employable in a CSW and AW setting. Skill development is delivered in three areas:

  • Comprehensive community service worker knowledge, including psychology, sociology, family life, mental health, addictions, criminology, at-risk populations, case management, counselling, ethics, business communication, report writing, and government and social services.
  • Comprehensive addictions worker knowledge, which includes an overview of drugs (past and present) as they pertain to the Community Service and Social Worker industry.
  • Exploration into the world of addictions. Topics include alcohol and familiar drugs, like tobacco and caffeine, as well as natural health products and over-the-counter drugs.
  • Exploration into the world of addiction treatment and prevention. Students learn about both the prevention and treatment of addictions, including organizations, like AA, which focus on rehabilitation.
  • Full range of computer and office skills, including current software applications, keyboarding skills, and personal and professional development.
  • On-site work experience through participation in a 105-hour preceptorship at an approved CSW facility.
Admission Requirements
  • Clear Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check
  • 19 years of age or older (varies, depending on province-specific ministry requirements)
  • Grade 12 or equivalent, or Mature Student Status with successful completion of CAST testing
  • Completion of Wonderlic SLE admission test with minimum score of 18
  • Adequate level of physical health to be able to fulfill job requirements
  • Other medical tests (e.g., TB Test) or proof of vaccinations (e.g., Hepatitis B) may be required by industry prior to placement
  • Good command of the English language – both written and oral
  • Completion of standard registration form

Program Outline

Part A: Computer and Business Office Skills
  • Introduction to Keyboarding
  • Keyboard Skill Building Level 1
  • Microsoft Windows Level 1
  • Microsoft Word – Level 1
  • Microsoft Excel – Level 1
  • Microsoft Access – Level 1
  • Microsoft Outlook – Level 1
  • Thought Patterns For A Successful Career
  • Job Search and Résumé Writing
Part B: CSW Administrative/Clinical
  • Psychology Fundamentals
  • Sociology and Family Life in Canada
  • Introduction to Mental Health and Addictions
  • Life-Span Development
  • Criminology and At-Risk Populations
  • Case Management, Counselling, and Ethics
  • Business Communication and Report Writing
  • Government and Social Services
    • Standard First Aid
    • Basic Rescuer (Level C) CPR Certification
Part C: AW Administrative
  • Addictions Worker Level 1
  • Addictions Worker Level 2
  • Addictions Worker Level 3
Part D: Work Experience
  • Preceptorship

Duration

45 Weeks

Expected Wage Range

$33,677 - $71,111*

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