Substance Use Certificate
The Substance Use Certificate is a 20-day (10 credit) program. Courses in this area are grounded in a harm-reduction approach.
Classes start in September
Courses are taught by experienced professionals with a focus on understanding substance use within a bio-psychosocial-spiritual framework; the application of current research and knowledge about interventions; and the exploration of social justice issues such as race, class, gender, poverty and violence.
This program is designed for counsellors, management, and staff of health, criminal justice, and social service agencies whose clients include people who are using substances.
You will gain an understanding of the key concepts, policy, and intervention models that guide the prevention, assessment, and treatment of substance use. Specific assessment and treatment approaches, including motivational interviewing, are covered in depth.
Through class discussion, you will develop approaches to substance use issues that can be applied to a range of settings. You will come away with a clearer understanding of your own values and practice framework.
These courses can be taken individually or as part of the Substance Use Certificate. To successfully complete the certificate, students must attend the program in full and achieve 70% or higher on the written take-home final assignment.
The courses must be completed within 3 years after acceptance into the program.
All courses can also be customized for your organization, agency, or group.
Required Courses (10 credits)
|Course Name|| |
|Understanding Substance Use||COUN-1100||1||2|
|Continuum of Care: Prevention to Harm Reduction||COUN-1105||1||2|
All My Relations: Working with Aboriginal Clients
|Understanding Pharmacology from a Counsellor's Perspective||COUN-1019||1||2|
|Interconnected Risk ||COUN-1120||1||2|
|Motivational Interviewing 1||COUN-1125||1||2|
|Compassion & Policy: The Heart and Mind of Drug Policy Reform||COUN-1130||.5||1|
|Concurrent Disorders Planning 1||COUN-1135||1||2|
|Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Increasing Our Understanding||COUN-1140||.5||1|
Community Voices/Contemporary Issues
|Trauma Informed Practice (TiP) in Addictions||COUN-1150||1||2|
Please note, acceptance into the program does not guarantee your seat in a class. We suggest registering at least one month before classes begin as seating is limited.
Certificate Program participants are required to complete a final assignment within six weeks of completing their final course.
Books & Supplies
Course manuals are supplied when you attend class, and if purchase of books or other materials are required you will be advised of the details when you register.
Non-Refundable Certificate Application Fee: $75
The total cost to complete the Substance Use Certificate is approximately $3,000. Courses are paid for individually when you register for them.
International tuition are calculated at 3 times domestic rates.
For individual course fees please see course descriptions or class schedule.
Submit your online application form and the following:
- Letter of intent
- Please pay your $75.00 non-refundable application fee
- Applications will not be reviewed without fee payment
- Incomplete applications will not be considered
Submit payment and supporting documents
Mail or In-person:
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4
Fax: Attention: Admissions 604.528.5653
Last updated June 15, 2017