New Innovative Aboriginal Addictions Councelling Course

Bow Valley College in partnership with a First Nations organization has launched an Aboriginal-focused addictions certificate program, which promises to provide cutting edge education and training for addiction councillors.See Alberta Sweetgrass announcement

Bow Valley College and the Sunrise Native Addictions Services Society introduced the innovative program Nov. 14.

The Aboriginal Addictions Counselling Services Certificate, which begins in the fall 2012, includes 10 courses and three community practicum placements over 38 weeks. The curriculum will be delivered through training provided at SNASS, with tools delivered to support individuals, families, and communities in identifying and managing addictions through prevention and treatment programs.

“A partnership with an established organization like SNASS will ensure graduates of this program can immediately begin helping individuals and their families recover from the destructive effects of addiction,” said Dr. Bill DuPerron, program creator and dean of Health, Justice and Human Services at BVC.

Graduates of the AACSC will have a variety of career opportunities available to them, such as work in correctional institutions, social and child services facilities, emergency shelters, and community-based addiction centres.

The course will be an asset to those needing addiction services, said Eve MacMillan, executive director of SNASS.

She hopes the certificate program will employ more First Nations addiction counsellors throughout Aboriginal communities in Alberta.

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