Course Description

This workshop offers an overview of addiction and addiction treatment to assist you in developing a holistic understanding of the bio-psycho-social nature of this universal phenomenon. Participants will discuss key terms in the addiction field and be introduced to the theories pertinent to the field and the range of treatment options available to assist those with an addiction issue, including harm reduction and the stages of change model along with an overview of the addiction treatment continuum of care.

CACCF: 12 continuing education hours.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this training, participants will:

  • Have a holistic understanding of the phenomenon of addiction.
  • Be able to distinguish between biological, psychological and social theories pertaining to addiction.
  • Be aware of the interventions that are currently in use with people with addiction issues in Canada.
  • Understand the stages of change model.
  • Have an understanding of the treatment continuum in the addiction field including harm reduction options, methadone maintenance, withdrawal management, outpatient counselling, residential treatment, addiction supportive housing, relapse prevention and self-help/mutual aid support groups.
  • Have an understanding of the association between oppression and addiction.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Kitchener: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Milton: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Fundamentals of Addiction Winter 2021 (Online)
Apr 19, 2021 to May 23, 2021
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Registration Fee non-credit $330.00
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