The Community Addictions Training Certificate (CAT) offers students training in alcohol and drug counselling skills. This program consists of 8 courses; each course relates to and builds on skills learned during the previous course.  Students attend classes which are 5 days in length, a mandatory two hour cultural resource on Sunday evenings.  Offered over a eight week session.  Pre­requisite is one-year sobriety (if you have a history of addictions).

  • CAT 1: Communications And Ethics
  • CAT 2: Addictions
  • CAT 3: Family Disease
  • CAT 4: Assessment and Intervention
  • CAT 5: Treatment
  • CAT 6: Aftercare
  • CAT 7: Personal Growth
  • CAT 8: Prevention

Outline:

CAT 1: Communications And Ethics

This course will provide an orientation to training as well as professional and personal ethics related to the role of addictions counsellors in communities. Students are provided knowledge to understand the process of communication.

CAT 2: Addictions

This course will provide the student with the knowledge to understand the process of addictions for the individual: the symptoms and physical effects of alcohol and drug abuse, and the categories of drugs. Students also receive instruction on the defense mechanisms addicted people employ.

CAT 3: Family Disease

This course will provide knowledge needed to understand the impact of alcoholism and addiction on all members of the family. Students learn how family members enable the alcoholic to continue to drink and to protect them from their addiction. Students receive instruction on skill development and time to practice the skills needed to help clients begin stopping the enabling process.

CAT 4: Assessment and Intervention

Students enrolled in this course will be provided with instruction to develop the knowledge and skills needed to assess the readiness of the alcoholic and family members to enter treatment. Instruction for skill development will be given in the process of recruiting and development of an intervention team and in conducting interventions in communities. Students will be given time to practice their skill development using role-play exercises

CAT 5: Treatment

This course will provide instruction to develop the knowledge and skills to understand the process of treatment in the community and in a treatment centre. Students will also be given instruction to develop an understanding of the need for proper documentation of client interactions and progress.

CAT 6: Aftercare

This course will provide instruction to develop the knowledge and skills to assist clients to maintain sobriety after leaving a treatment centre.  Particular focus is given to strategies and skills to understand and prevent relapse.

CAT 7: Personal Growth

This course will give the students an opportunity to examine aspects of personal growth related to their own lives as well as their clients. Opportunities will be provided to explore a variety of personal growth techniques.

CAT 8: Prevention

The students will be provided with instruction to develop the knowledge to design a community prevention program for Aboriginal youth. Students will also be part of a team to plan a community development activity within the class.