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Community Service Worker With Addictions Worker Specialty - Nova Scotia

Community Service Worker With Addictions Worker Specialty

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Admission Requirements

  • Clear Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check
  • 19 years of age or older (varies, depending on province-specific ministry requirements)
  • Grade 12 or equivalent.
  • Completion of Wonderlic SLE admission test with minimum score of 18
  • Adequate level of physical health to be able to fulfill job requirements
  • Other medical tests (e.g., TB Test) or proof of vaccinations (e.g., Hep B) may be required by industry prior to placement
  • Good command of the English language – both written and oral
  • Completion of standard registration form
  • Completion of all ILS courses in the CSW/AW program

Program Highlights

With the aging population, the tremendous advancements in technology, and our demand for the best quality of life, the healthcare industry is facing a growing shortage of well-trained personnel. Throughout the North American healthcare industry, there is an acute need to increase the size of the workforce and raise the skill level of that workforce.

A well-trained Community Service/Addictions Worker (CSW/AW) is equipped with a flexible, adaptable career. Social and community service addictions workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services specializing in addictions. They assist clients to address personal and social problems. They are employed by social service and government agencies, mental health agencies, group homes, shelters, substance abuse centres, school boards, correctional facilities, and other establishments.


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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work in a wide variety of CSW/AW settings and occupations. Job titles vary per location, but graduates are an integral part of many settings, including:

  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Public and private addiction counselling clinics
  • Addiction and drug awareness agencies
  • Mental health centres
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Youth centres
  • Individual and family services
  • Youth protection services
  • Public administration
  • Civic and social organizations
  • Social advocacy organizations
  • Grant-making organizations
  • Provincial government
  • Out-patient care centres
  • Local Community Service Centres (LCSC)
  • Vocational rehabilitation services
  • Educational services
  • Hospitals
  • Community food and housing
  • Emergency relief services

Core Courses

Part A: Computer and Business Office Skills

  • Introduction to Keyboarding
  • Keyboard Skill Building Level 1
  • Microsoft Windows Level 1
  • Microsoft Word – Level 1
  • Microsoft Excel – Level 1
  • Microsoft Access – Level 1
  • Microsoft Outlook – Level 1
  • Strategies for Success (or Thought Patterns)
  • Job Search and Résumé Writing

Part B: CSW/AW

  • Psychology Fundamentals
  • Sociology and Family Life in Canada
  • Introduction to Mental Health and Addictions
  • Life-Span Development
  • Criminology and At-Risk Populations
  • Case Management, Counselling, and Ethics
  • Business Communication and Report Writing
  • Government and Social Services
  • Introduction to Occupational Health & Safety
  • Addictions Worker Level 1
  • Addictions Worker Level 2
  • Addictions Worker Level 3

Part C: Worksite Externship

  • Placement
  • Program Type:Diploma
  • Anticipated salary:C$31,273 - C$61,899
  • (Information from PayScale Canada)
  • Program Duration:55 Weeks
  • Program Notes:Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.
  • Program Category:Community Support Services
  • Program Syllabus:Click to Download
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