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Addictions Counsellor Program

Blue Quills is offering an innovative Addictions Counsellor Program that incorporates Indigenous knowledge systems and will prepare graduates to enter the workforce with enhanced skills in cultural sensitivity and knowledge. This program will offer courses that provide a deep understanding of addictions, counselling skills, group work skills, communication skills, family dynamics, intergenerational trauma, strong helper teachings in addition to cultural proto- cols, ceremonies and teachings. There will be a practicum placement which will offer practical, hands-on experiential learning. The curriculum encompasses both Indigenous wisdom and western theory.

Future Career Opportunities of an Addictions Counsellor

Graduates will possess the knowledge and expertise to make an effective impact on the health of Indigenous communities and will be prepared to find employment with First Nation communities, addiction treatment centers, detoxification centers, schools, day treatment programs and within First Nations healing lodges delivering community-based programming.

You will likely be more successful in this program if you:

  • Are in good physically and mental health, and are able to handle stressful situations
  • have access to a vehicle to travel to complete your practicum
  • have access to a computer and basic computer skills
  • are caring, compassionate, friendly, and respectful
  • are understanding, patient, gentle, and non-judgmental
  • display maturity, reliability, and dependability
  • Show strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Communicate effectively and get along with diverse populations

Admission Requirements:

  • Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
    • English 30 or assessed equivalency
    • If academic requirement is not met, it will be necessary to complete an ACCUPLACE assessment.
  • Two letters of reference
  • Personal written statement
  • Current Resume
  • All students will be required to complete in-class instruction, and practicum placement.

Applicants who’ve completed secondary school in Canada are considered to have met the standard

Applicants whose primary language is not English can demonstrate their ELP by:

  • Completing a Canadian PN program in English (CLPNA may request their English language assessment test scores)
  • Provide evidence for completion of 4 years FTE post-secondary education in any subject at a Canadian institution (CLPNA may request their English language assessment test scores)
  • Complete the Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) test for nurses or the IELTS (academic)