Addiction Counselling MicroDiploma

Credential: MicroDiploma

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Develop professional skills to deal with challenging environments and clientele by learning about counselling processes, crisis work, client motivation, and group therapy.

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About This Program

A general overview of ethics in addiction counselling, the course focuses on the problems and personal difficulties that may arise when working as a helper. Learn how to deal with difficult clients, how to ethical relationship and boundary issues while working with groups and families. Topics include:

  • Identify the nine stages of development from infancy to old age
  • Identify the five stages of the helping process
  • The role of ethics in addiction counselling
  • The four facets of the community intervention approach

Learn to conduct successful interviews and counselling sessions with those in need of help. Using an evidenced-based treatment approach you can motivate clients to make the necessary changes to their lives. You will also learn the Canadian health and social service structure and the uniqueness of the Canadian counselling environment. Topics include:

  • The importance of warmth, empathy, and genuineness
  • Overcoming listening barriers to achieve active listening and the understanding non-verbal communication
  • Identify variables for violence risk assessment, how to prevent violence and debriefing critical incidents
  • The structure, use and limitations of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
  • Characteristics and treatment for major mental disorders

Students are introduced to the basic concepts and skills of facilitating a group counselling session. You will learn the stages of groups, the group process, the purpose of group sessions and therapeutic forces that help promote recovery. Throughout the course you will:

  • Identify different types of group sessions and their varying stages
  • Utilize the 19 subjects to consider in a first session
  • Apply 13 specific leadership skills and three models of co-leadership
  • Understand the importance of and common reason for cut offs (stopping a person from talking due to certain circumstances)
  • Exercises that break the group into smaller groups
  • The types of therapy methods and the three stages of change
Program Objectives
  • Understand the causes and outcomes of different types of addiction
  • Discover solutions to dealing with people suffering from addiction
  • How to recognize and resolve conflict
  • How to manage individual and group sessions
  • Learn the differing methods that can be used in individual and group therapy sessions
  • Preventing relapse and helping those who do relapse
  • The importance of ethics in counselling
  • Understanding the different government social structures in place to help those suffering from addiction


All MicroDiploma courses have different grading systems. For most, it is a combination of homework, assignments, quizzes and exams. Some course grading is 100% based on assignments or exams. An example of the breakdown is listed below.

  • Homework and Lab Assignments – 40%
  • Review Quizzes – 30%
    These will test your comprehension of course materials following each section of the course.
  • Knowledge Assessments – 30%
    An overall assessment of the course material, may consist of one or more exams.

This MicroDiploma is part of:

Average Duration

9 weeks at 20 hours per week.


All courses are taught in English.

Canadian Application

Apply your new knowledge and skills to a career in Canada.

Textbook Included

World-class textbooks are available with no extra cost.

Transfer Credits

Module credits you have completed can be put towards a MicroDiploma. Earn MicroDiploma credits to put towards a Diploma.

Program Textbooks

Below is a selection of textbooks students will use when taking this course. Our textbooks are painstakingly selected for their industry-standard content and authors who are considered leaders in their respective fields. 

Becoming a Helper textbook cover.

Becoming a Helper

Gain is a candid insider’s look at the demands, strains and challenges this field can have on helping workers. There is an emphasis on self-reflection with regard to the issues and strains that professional helpers must deal with daily. It is an excellent resource for those planning a career in human services, counselling, social work, psychology, couples and family therapy, or related professions and helpers just starting their careers. In addition, the material includes MindTap which, encourages students to use critical thinking and empowers them with an anywhere, anytime digital learning resource.


Marianne Corey: Marianne Schneider Corey is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California and a National Certified Counselor. A fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work, she was the recipient of its Eminent Career Award in 2001. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2011.

Gerald Corey: Professor emeritus of human services and counseling at California State University at Fullerton. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association and the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Association. He is the author or co-author of 16 textbooks in counseling currently in print, along with more than 70 journal articles and books.

Group Counseling textbook cover.

Group Counselling: Strategies and Skills, 8th Edition

Offers readers an introduction to the knowledge, skills, values, and tools needed by today's professional helpers. The book's conceptual foundation reflects four critical areas for helpers: core skills and attributes, effectiveness and evidence-based practice, diversity issues, and critical commitments and ethical practice, using an interdisciplinary approach that reflects the authors' extensive experience in the fields of counselling, psychology, social work, and health and human services.


Sherry Cormier: Sherry Cormier is Professor Emerita in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. A licensed psychologist, her current research and practice interests are in counseling and psychology training and supervision models; issues impacting girls and women; health, wellness, and stress management; and grief recovery.

Paula S. Nurius: Professor, and Associate Dean in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Nurius is a mental health specialist with research, practice, and teaching experience that addresses perception and responding under conditions of stress and trauma.

Cynthia J. Osborn: Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor and a licensed chemical dependency counselor in Ohio. Her research, clinical practice, and teaching have focused on addictive behaviors and counselor supervision from the perspectives of motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy.

Choices: Interviewing and Counselling Skills for Canadians textbook cover.

Choices: Interviewing and Counselling Skills for Canadians

Designed as a textbook and practice reference guide for students and practitioners, Choices combines theory, practice examples with sample interviews, and challenging self-awareness exercises in a comprehensive yet readable format. Illustrative practice examples and challenging exercises promote skill development, conceptual understanding, and self-awareness.


Bob Shebib: A counsellor with over 35 years of experience in clinical work, teaching, and consulting with broad experience in the field. He has worked in child protection, public welfare, corrections, and residential youth care. He has graduate degrees in both social work and business. Bob is the author of numerous other textbooks and scholarly papers on the topic of counselling. As well, he has been a keynote speaker at many national and international. He also maintains an active community consulting and training practice.

Brief Integrated Motivational Intervention textbook cover.

Brief Integrated Motivational Intervention

The textbook gives students a brief, evidence-based treatment approach to motivating clients who have both mental health and alcohol and drug misuse issues. Developed by an expert team with many years of research and practice experience in the fields of psychosis and addiction, this approach combines cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and the authors’ own cognitive-behavioral integrated treatment. It allows practitioners to engage clients in meaningful dialogue for change during short windows of opportunity following relapses or admittance to a psychiatric hospital and helps clients consider the impact of substance misuse on mental health. Easy to understand and implement, this guide also includes helpful tools for practitioners, such as session-specific content, illustrative case material, easy-to-use worksheets, and additional information for family members and friends.


Dr. Hermine Graham: A Clinical Psychologist who studies drug and alcohol use and their effects on mental health. She is a Chartered Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). She completed a Post–qualification Diploma in Cognitive Therapy at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 1997.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Counsellor

  • Facilitator

  • Group Session

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Problem-Solver

  • Leadership

  • Analytics

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Addiction Counselling MicroDiploma


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Career-Focused Knowledge: Graduate prepared to enter the job market that corresponds to your field of study and ready to meet employer needs.


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Everything depends on your experience, location, industry, and the job market itself. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors was $47,660, Community Health Workers was $43,000, and Social and Community Service Managers, which includes Case Managers, was $69,600 as of May 2020.

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