INDIGENOUS ADDICTIONS SERVICES DIPLOMA

This new two (2) year diploma program is designed to provide students with an excellent academic addictions diploma and/or the credentials needed to pursue further post-secondary education opportunities.

Course pre-requisites include:

  • High school diploma with a grade of 50% in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent
  • Mature admission available for those over 21 who pass an English Equivalency Exam*

YEAR ONE COURSES

IASC 1001: Communication and Ethics I

Course Description:

This course examines the importance of ethical communication and techniques for the inclusion of effective communication skills for addiction counsellors. The course emphasizes the contextual realities of Indigenous peoples, and identity in relation to communication and ethics. Students will also review Indigenous responsibilities and practices (cultural protocols) as an approach for empowerment and health.

IASC 1002: Colonization, Decolonization and Healing

Course Description:

This course will examine through an Indigenous pedagogical framework the historical process of colonization, decolonization and healing. Students will research and explore decolonization methodologies throughout the world and assess contemporary issues in the healing process. Students will examine the meaning and impacts of colonization, decolonization, cultural survival, community and nation rebuilding.

IASC 1003: Human Development I

Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce students to Principles of Human Development from Applications drawn from both theoretical frameworks will be reviewed and practiced through experiential and hands on learning opportunities. Assignments will be based on these experiences and students will be encouraged to develop a practice model that considers the client’s worldview and conditions for enhancing their growth and development as individuals in early recovery from an addictive lifestyle.

IASC 1004: Health Inclusion: Across the Lifespan

Course Description:

The course will examine how colonization has affected our Indigenous populations by stigmatizing and marginalizing various sectors of the population. In particular it will review restorative healing methods utilizing Indigenous values of social responsibility and care for people within our circle.  Indigenous and Western best practices related to prevention, intervention and healing will be explored in the context of the aftermath of colonization and its impact on Indigenous populations.  Active Addiction; Concurrent Disorders; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; HIV/AIDS; Hepatitis C; grief and loss and other issues currently facing our communities will be examined in this course.  Through simulated practice experiences students will become familiar with specific resources to respond appropriately to client needs. Students are expected to demonstrate that their counseling is guided by relevant (population specific) principles and processes, that their selection and use of theory, models and frameworks is appropriate, and that their relationships reflect qualities suitably responsive to the needs, preferences and best interests of their clients.

IASC 1005: Physiology and Pharmacology of Drugs and Alcohol

Course Description:

This course will examine the pharmacology of current drugs of abuse, including their classification and effects. Students will have a basic understanding of the pharmacology of psychoactive drugs. The topics will include: a review of how addictions become another tool in the process of colonization; basic principles of pharmacology; pharmacokinetics; tolerance and dependence; dependence liability; therapeutic and toxic effects of specific psychoactive drugs.  Alcohol – specific signs and symptoms as indicated by assessment is covered as well.  Students will also learn pharmacological terms and concepts to conduct effective assessment, counselling, treatment and make appropriate referrals.

IASC 1006: Referral and Assessment

Course Description:

This course will broaden the students understanding of the assessment and treatment of addictions within Indigenous individuals, families and communities within the historical context of colonization with a more specific focus on multi-generational trauma.  The course will explore past and current practices related to principles of effective screening and assessment, including a broad range of western and holistic assessment instruments and procedures.   Practice simulations are used extensively to integrate the process and principles and prepare the students to apply them in Indigenous treatment centers and communities.

IASC 1007: Supportive Counselling Interventions

Course Description:

This course will explore Traditional Indigenous methods of healing, as well as explore contemporary counseling best practices.  The students will develop counseling techniques and skills to work with clients who are in the process of recovering from addictions and/or experiencing mental health issues. Students will examine relapse prevention models and also learn about the stages of recovery, how to identify the warning signs of relapse and how to assist clients in developing a relapse prevention plan. Students will develop skills to engage clients and family members in traditional teachings and healing practices based on mutually agreed upon goals and expectations of the counseling intervention process. Students will also engage in facilitating appropriate referrals and services when planning with a client.

IASC 1008: Treatment Planning

Course Description:

This course will enable the students to learn effective treatment practices and demonstrate the ability to evaluate, problem solve, set goals, and negotiate treatment plans with clients. In addition, the student will develop the skills to create effective client-counsellor contracts and action plans, including individualized treatment plans, evaluation, and management of treatment and or services using both Western and Indigenous practices. Furthermore, the students will be able to identify and utilize natural helping systems to facilitate counseling processes, effective resource utilization, client advocacy, involvement of family, community, and other support networks.

IASC 1009: Case Management & Record Keeping

Course Description:

This course is intended to enable students to manage a caseload and fulfill the functions, roles, referrals and expectations associated with the administration of the agency’s substance abuse program(s).  The student will be able to work within the policies, programs and regulations of the treatment setting, with a working knowledge of the community social services network, and the ability to engage in constructive working relationships with treatment teams.  Provision of educative and treatment services for family members, record keeping, and demonstrating an understanding of the professional addiction counselor’s mandate, competencies and boundaries are goals of this course.

IASC 1010: Harm Reduction & Aftercare

Course Description:

This course explores the enduring process of managing recovery and aftercare. Students will be introduced to a range of theories and models to better understand the process of change for individuals, families and communities, and how effective after-care strategies contribute to the healing, empowerment and growth of communities struggling with addiction as a product of multigenerational trauma.  The students will examine harm reduction policies and programs and research harm reduction strategies both nationally and internationally. The students will also look at current benefits and challenges in harm reduction programs compared to traditional abstinence based models.

YEAR TWO COURSES

IASD 100 – Spirituality and Grounding

Course Description:

This course will provide students with an opportunity to examine the concepts of Spirituality and Grounding and as it relates to creating a strong Indigenous identity. The course will encompass past, present and future concepts as they mold the time and space of here, to create opportunities to explore traditional spiritual and grounding ceremonies as well as self-discovery.

IASD 101 – Personal Awareness

Course Description:

This course will provide students an opportunity to develop an understanding of human development, knowledge, and skill development to become a more effective counsellor through self-awareness training and Indigenous resources.

 IASD 102 – Introduction to Academic Writing

Course Description:

This course is designed to aid the student in the development of academic writing, reading and critical thinking skills essential for college and university study, with an emphasis on establishing a sense of Indigenous critical thought.

IASD 103 – Family Dynamics

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide students an opportunity to explore the area of family dynamics. The content will focus on family development, systems, theories, and the knowledge to understand the impacts that addictions bring into the family.

IASD 104 – Addictions and Substance Abuse

Course Description:

This course will provide students with the knowledge to understand the process of addictions for individuals; the symptoms and physical effects of alcohol and drug abuse. Become aware of the categories of drugs. The course will focus on Indigenous concepts and healing in relation to the addiction process

IASD 105 – Communication Skills and Counselling Process

Course Description:

This is an introductory course designed to assist students in acquiring the foundational communication skills and counselling process. Students will develop their communication skills, awareness of the counselling process, and practice basic counselling skills. The learning outcomes will be met through: lectures, discussions, readings, group activities, role plays and assignments.

IASD 106 – Assessment and Treatment

Course Description:

Using the Nechi Medicine Wheel framework, this course will provide the necessary skills needed to respectfully assess addiction and promote intervention modalities. Students will develop a treatment plan that considers the strengths, needs, and goals of the client. This course will help develop the foundational skills of assessment and intervention.

IASD 107 – Treatment and Recovery

Course Description:

This course will provide instruction to develop the knowledge and skills to understand the process of treatment and recovery. Through the use of the Nechi Medicine Wheel framework, students will focus on case management examples and explore the various aspects of recovery as treatment.

IASD 108 – Community Capacity and Wellness

Course Description:

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore strengths, challenges, and different strategies toward community development and capacity building. Students will be introduced to different Indigenous community wellness plans and they will be guided through a process to develop a Community Wellness Plan.

 IASD 109 – Group Dynamics

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to: the various theories of group dynamics; the stages of group development; indigenous relationality; and the various types and roles of group. The students will also explore ways in which groups can help with addictions community, family, and as an individual.

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IASD 110 – Neuroscience and Physiology

Course Description:

This course provides a general background in the fields of neuroscience and physiology. The course examines the behavioral effects and biological mechanisms of action of the major groups of psychoactive drugs. Theories of drug addiction will also be evaluated. Theories of the neurobiological basis of addiction illnesses will also be discussed. Nechi’s Medicine Wheel framework will be a focus of transforming information to the Indigenous communities.

IASD 111 – Suicide Prevention and Grieving

Course Description:

This course will provide knowledge and skills necessary to alleviate the emotional and spiritual suffering attached to death. The course will dive into the concept of suicide and how it places a vise grip on those living with the grief. Students will utilize experiential activities to help heal physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually by exploring the Nechi Medicine Wheel framework.

IASD 112 – Case Management and Professional Identity

Course Description:

This course is designed to give students a glimpse of the major functions of case managements in terms of addiction counselling. Case management utilizes the concepts of social work in terms of systems of approach and coordinating plans. Students will also explore Indigenous ways of being in terms of professional identity.

IASD 13 – Practicum (240 hours)

Course Description:

Students will demonstrate competency in the acquired theory in the field of addictions. This competency will be demonstrated as knowledge gained throughout the IASD program.Students will complete 240 hours of supervised practicum experience.