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July 4, 2015
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Addictions Certificate

Certificate Overview

The Addictions certificate is designed for anyone who wants to build on their knowledge and skills in the field of addictions. Two required workshops provide a solid foundation of knowledge about substance use, abuse and addiction. A variety of electives allow you to create a program of study that fits with your career path and interests. Some of the topics covered in this program include:

  an understanding of what an addiction is and what causes addictions
  factors that can impact an addiction, such a families, trauma and concurrent disorders
  the various types of addictive substances and how they affect the body and brain
  tools and skills that can be used in assessment, intervention and relapse prevention

Upon completion of this certificate, participants will be better able to assist clients facing addiction issues.

Who should take this certificate: social workers, nurses, health and social service professionals, law enforcement officials, teachers, guidance counsellors, clergy, public health workers, child and youth workers, counsellors and therapists, current students, anyone wanting to work in the above fields.

You do not have to be working towards the Addictions certificate to take any of these courses.

Certificate Requirements

To complete the Addictions certificate you must take a minimum of 84 course hours, including:

Two required courses:

 1. Fundamentals of Addiction*
(12 hours)
This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the Addictions certificate.
 2. Pharmacology (12 hours)

60 hours of electives, selected from the following:

 1. Counselling Techniques in Addiction Practice
(12 hours)
 2. Group Counselling in Addictions
(12 hours)
 3. Indigenous Peoples: Addiction and Recovery
(12 hours)
 4. Concurrent Disorders
(12 hours)
 5. Addiction and the Family
(12 hours)
 6. Motivational Interviewing in Addiction Treatment*
(12 hours)
 7. Trauma and Addictions 
(12 hours)
 8.  Engaging Challenging Clients: Working with Specialized Populations in Addictions (12 hours)
 9. Behavioural Addictions: Gambling, Gaming and Internet OveruseTrauma and Addictions
(6 hours)
 10. Introduction to Relapse Prevention
(6 hours)

* If you have previously taken the one-day Fundamentals of Addiction or Motivational Interviewing workshops at Laurier, you may be exempt from these courses and be eligible for six hours towards the Addiction certificate. Contact to see if you qualify.

Course Descriptions and Dates

You do not have to be working toward the Addictions Certificate to take any of these courses.

Required Courses

Fundamentals of Addiction (12 hours) September 10 and 11 2015; January 7 and 8 2016

Pharmacology (12 hours) October 19 and 20 2015; April 25 and 26 2016

Elective Courses 

Addiction and the Family (12 hours) -- March 3 and 4 2016

Behavioural Addictions: Gambling, Gaming and Internet Overuse (6 hours) -- March 31 2016

Behavioural Addictions: Shopping and Sex Addictions (6 hours) -- April 1 2016

Concurrent Disorders (12 hours) -- May 19 and 20 2016

Counselling Techniques in Addiction Practice (12 hours) -- November 5 and 6 2015

Engaging Challenging Clients (12 hours) -- September 24 and 25 2015

Group Counselling (12 hours) -- December 10 and 11 2015

Indigenous Peoples: Addiction and Recovery (12 hours) -- 

Introduction to Relapse Prevention (6 hours) -- February 26 2016

Motivational Interviewing in Addiction Treatment (12 hours) -- April 14 and 15 2016

Trauma and Addictions (12 hours) -- June 6 and 7 2016


The cost to complete the Addictions certificate will range from $1,925 to $2,175, depending on the electives that you select.

Two-day workshops: $275
One-day workshops: $175

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete this certificate?
You can complete this certificate in as little as one year or take up to seven years.

I have taken the one-day Fundamentals of Addiction workshop or the one-day Motivational Interviewing workshop in the past two years. Can I count that toward the certificate?
Yes, these workshops will exempt you from taking the two-day workshops being offered in the certificate program, but will only count as six hours. Contact Lauren Price at or 519-884-0710 ext. 5234 to see if you qualify for an exemption.

Are any of these workshops available online?
Not at this time.

Where are you located?
The Faculty of Social Work is at 120 Duke Street West in Kitchener.

CACCF Credits

All courses in the Addictions certificate program are approved for a specified number of continuing education hours (CEUs) through the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF). See course descriptions for the number of core CEUs and related CEUs each course is eligible for.

For information about the CACCF or how to become a certified Addictions Counsellor, visit their website at