Addictions: Treatment and Prevention

Program: ADTP
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Internship
Length: 3 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Orillia


In this graduate level program, students learn to provide a client-centred and client driven continuum of treatment for individuals with addiction problems. With a solid framework of individual and group counseling skills, the students study individual, gender and societal considerations and the resulting treatment implications. They practise motivational interviewing techniques and learn the importance of matching client needs with intervention options. In addition, students reconstruct education and prevention strategies and design, facilitate and evaluate such tools.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities may include addictions counsellors, substance abuse counsellors, chemical withdrawal management counsellors, addictions nurses, problem gambling counsellors and attendants in residential, out-patient, and street-front treatment settings.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • counsel individuals, families and groups affected by addictions;
  • integrate skills and knowledge to provide client-centred treatment;
  • incorporate family, gender, relational, social and cultural considerations in treatment planning; 
  • plan, implement and evaluate psychosocial educational programs;
  • advocate for individuals and for social change;
  • practice ethically, professionally and openly;
  • utilize strategies essential to being a resilient and healthy practitioner;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Summer 2018


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma, or degree, with a specialty in human, health or social sciences

Selection Process

Applicants will be selected based on their academic grades. An overall minimum average of 65%, C+ or GPA of 2.5 is recommended in post-secondary studies. Resume and letter of intent (upon request).

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Graduation Requirements

12 Mandatory Courses
1 Internship

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.


Mandatory Courses
ADCT 1000Introduction to Counselling: Motivating People to Change
ADCT 1001Group Counselling: Dynamics and Processes
ADCT 1002Treatment Modalities in Addictions
ADCT 1005Practitioner Skills Development
ADCT 1012Clinical Applications of Motivational Counselling
ADCT 1014Introduction and Issues in the Field of Addictions
ADCT 1015Concepts of Chemical Dependency
ADCT 1016Gender Considerations in Treatment
ADCT 1017Prevention and Education in Addictions
ADCT 1018Selected Populations in Addictions Treatment
ADCT 1019Addictions and Mental Health
ADCT 1020Gambling and Other Behavioural Dependencies
ADCT 1021Addictions Consolidation

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.