Social Work and Human Servicesufv.ca/swhs
Note: This program is unavailable until further notice.
Alcohol and drug abuse is a growing problem in society and an increasing number of individuals are seeking help in treating their addiction problems. Similarly there is an increasing number of people working in the social services and related fields who are seeking additional training in order to become more effective with their client groups.
The Substance Abuse Counselling program is designed to produce beginning professionals who recognize their own limitations and strengths and are prepared to undertake professional development on an ongoing basis. Intervention skills will be developed on individual, group, and family levels. Emphasis will be on providing knowledge of alcohol and drug dependencies, techniques of working with clients with dependencies, and knowledge and skills relating to specific client groups. Substance abuse counsellors may or may not be recovering people, but undertaking this training is not part of the recovery process. Prospective students are expected to lead a life free from substance abuse or risk being removed from the program.
This program is offered as a post-graduate certificate to those holding diplomas, certificates, or degrees in allied fields (such as education, health care, criminal justice, social services, etc.) and is geared towards a post-basic level of educational achievement.
As this program is structured as a post-secondary program for those already holding professional or para-professional credentials, all applications will be assessed on an individual basis by the director. The admissions requirements are as follows:
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.
This program is not currently accepting applications.
If the program is full, qualified applicants will be placed on a temporary waitlist. If students meet the entrance requirements and a space becomes available before September 1, they will be contacted. After September 1, the waitlist is void.
In cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admissions decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due by the end of the first week in August.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. (Please note: HSER 500, 501, 502, 510, 511, 512, and 530 are offered on a cost-recovery basis with higher tuition fees.)
The certificate program is offered part-time only, and does not qualify for financial aid. Some bursaries are available. Contact the Financial Aid and Awards office for more information.
Some employers may be willing to sponsor their employees; prospective students are urged to approach their employers about this possibility.
The program is located at the Abbotsford campus.
|Counselling Skills for Addictions Work
|Group Facilitation Skills for Addictions
|The Nature of Substance Abuse
|Integrative and Self-care Seminar
|Family Work in Addictions
|Pharmacology and Psychobiology of Addictions
|Community Treatment: Assessment and Referral
|Integrative and Self-care Seminar
|Substance Abuse Practicum
Acceptance into the program does not guarantee practicum placement. Students will be individually assessed as to their readiness, in terms of skills, attitudes and knowledge, for the practicum. Practica are primarily in the Fraser Valley and students are not guaranteed the placement of their choice. Students will generally begin their practica after the completion of the first semester, although the practicum can be started later. Students working in the field may be allowed to do some, but not all, of their practicum hours in their workplace.
In addition to the classroom modules, students will be required to read, study, and prepare assignments outside of class and can expect to spend an additional three to six hours per week outside of class. In addition they will be required to make videotapes in UFV's lab.
A GPA of 2.00 (C average) is required for graduation and practicum placement. Students who do not complete a prerequisite course may be allowed to register for a subsequent course at the discretion of the program head. UFV reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is insufficient registration. Continuation of the program will be dependent upon adequate enrolment.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.