Addiction Sciences MicroDiploma

Credential: MicroDiploma

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Welcome to this challenging online course in Addiction Sciences where you will explore the roles of pharmacology and psychology as it pertains to substance abuse. This course provides an overview of addiction science, covering the fundamental concepts and principles of addiction and the underlying causes of substance abuse disorders.

Throughout the course, you will examine the various approaches to addiction treatment, including evidence-based pharmacological interventions and behavioral therapies. You will also explore the latest research in addiction science and the effects of drugs on the brain and body.

There is also an examination of the psychology of addiction and its relationship to mental health. will Study the impact of addiction on individuals and society, and the challenges faced by those seeking to overcome addiction.

By the end of this course, you will have a thorough understanding of the roles of Pharmacology and Psychology in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the strategies and treatments used in the field of addiction science as well as the latest research and developments in the field, and how these can be applied to help those struggling with addiction.

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About This Program

This course provides students with an overview of the latest information and research on drug use and its impacts on both individuals and society. Designed to provide students with a holistic understanding of drugs and their effects, it looks at various perspectives including behavioural, pharmacological, historical, social, legal, and clinical.

You will cover the fundamental concepts and theories related to drug use, including the factors that contribute to drug addiction, the mechanisms of drug action, and the physical and psychological effects of different drugs. Students also study the different classes of drugs, including opioids, stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens, and their respective effects on the body and mind.

Additionally, you will explore the history of drug use and the evolution of drug policies and laws. Students analyze the impact of drug policies on society, including the War on Drugs and the current opioid epidemic while evaluating the effectiveness of harm reduction strategies such as drug education and safe injection sites.

There is also a look at the clinical implications of drug use, including addiction treatment and rehabilitation. Discover different treatment modalities including medication-assisted treatment, psychotherapy, and peer support, and explore the challenges associated with addiction recovery.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to think critically and engage in discussions about the complex social and ethical issues related to drug use. By the end, you will understand drug use and its effects on individuals and society from a variety of perspectives, enabling them to make informed decisions about drug use and policy.

What you will Learn

  • The differences between drug misuse, abuse, and dependency, as well as the concepts of dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal
  • The effects that various chemicals have on the brain and nervous system
  • Drug action and specific and nonspecific drug effects, including placebo, therapeutic effects, and side effects
  • The history of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs from religious practices to pharmaceuticals
  • The increase in concurrent disorders in Canada, with a focus on anxiety disorders, phobias, mood, and depressive disorders
  • The implications for pharmacotherapy
  • The chemical makeup, dangers, preparations, and controversy of alcohol, tobacco, and various drugs

This course is an in-depth exploration of the fundamental principles of psychology and their relevance to daily life. Students gain a solid foundation in the basics of neuroscience and behaviour, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, and thinking and development.

Through engaging lectures, students learn how psychological concepts impact our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in a variety of contexts, from social interactions to personal decision-making. They also learn the biological and environmental factors that shape human behaviour.

In addition, the course explains the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Know the symptoms and causes of common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, as well as the different therapeutic approaches used to address them.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to think critically and apply your understanding of psychology to real-world situations. You will have the opportunity to explore case studies that highlight the practical applications of psychological theories and concepts.

By the end of the course, you will have a strong grasp of the foundational principles of psychology and their relevance to everyday lives as well as a deeper understanding of the human mind, behaviour and most importantly, the tools necessary to recognize and address psychological issues in others.

What you will Learn

  • Define psychology, including scope, goals, methods and sub-fields associated with psychology
  • Name techniques used to map the brain, key neurotransmitters and their functions, and major areas of cerebral hemispheres
  • Explain consciousness and altered states of consciousness
  • Define and describe major principles of classical conditioning, including neutral stimulus (NS), unconditioned stimulus (UCS), unconditioned response (UCR), conditioned stimulus (CS), and conditioned response (CR)
  • Describe sensory memory and characteristics of short-term memory and summarize the evidence for long-term memory as distinct from short-term memory
  • Explain the importance of understanding and diagnosing problems as the first step in effective problem-solving
  • Define health psychology and its centrally important concept of stress, including biological and psychological costs
  • Describe the psychodynamic approach to treatment

Program Objectives

The objective of this MicroDiploma is to educate students on different aspects of the human mind and behaviour. In the first course, students will learn about drug use and its effects on society and individuals, examining it from various perspectives such as behavioural, pharmacological, historical, social, legal, and clinical. The second course focuses on the fundamentals of psychology, including neuroscience, behaviour, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, thinking, and development, as well as basic knowledge and treatment of psychological disorders. Overall, both courses aim to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of different aspects of human behaviour and how they affect individuals and society as a whole.


Pharmacology in Mental Health and Substance Abuse

  • Quizzes – 60%
  • Knowledge Assessments – 40%


Psychology in Mental Health and Substance Use

  • Practice Questions – 30%
  • Quizzes – 40%
  • Knowledge Assessments – 30%

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

Drugs, Behaviour, and Society

Drugs, Behaviour, and Society provides the latest information and statistics on drugs to help students understand their effects on Canadian society and human behaviour. The Third Canadian Edition includes behavioural, pharmacological, historical, social, legal, and clinical perspectives, providing students with a deeper understanding of the individual problems and social conflicts related to drug use.


Carl L. Hart: An Associate Professor in both the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University and is also a Research Scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A major focus of Dr. Hart’s research is to understand the complex interactions between neurobiological and environmental factors that mediate and modulate the actions of drugs of abuse, including drug-taking behaviour and cognitive performance.

Essentials of Understanding Psychology

This textbook is designed with a student-first approach. It informs, engages, and excites readers by featuring relatable content and concise coverage in an easy-to-read modular format. This approach enables students to learn the fundamentals of psychology as it relates to their everyday lives. The new edition maintains its focus on diversity and inclusion and offers indigenous knowledge on core introductory psychology topics through new Lived Experience: Indigenous Voices and Indigenous Perspective boxes. In addition, Canadian statistics, research, and current events have been updated to engage students with content that's relevant to their lives. 


Robert S. Feldman: Senior Advisor to the Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Feldman also serves as Senior Fellow in the Center for Student Success Research at the University. Before serving as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, he was Deputy Chancellor of the University, and before that, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as serving for a period as Interim Dean of the College of Education. Feldman also was the founding director of Power-Up for College Success, a first-year experience course for students at UMass Amherst.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Intake

  • Counselling

  • Facilitating

  • Motivation

  • Stress Management

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Addiction Sciences MicroDiploma


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Exclusive Benefits of a Canada North College MicroDiploma

Affordability: Compared to other Canadian online and in-person colleges, we offer the same high-quality education at lower prices.

Top Learning Materials: We use the best textbooks and learning platforms available, written and recognized by industry experts.

Industry-experienced Instructors: Our faculty members come from the course industry and are up to date on the latest trends and techniques.

World-Class Skills: Canadian post-secondary education is recognized the world over for its excellence in preparing students to enter the global job market.

Cost Effective: Because we are online, there is no need to obtain a student visa or incur the financial or emotional costs associated with relocating to Canada for your studies.

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.

Addiction and Community Services jobs are crucial for individuals and communities impacted by addiction and related issues. These professionals play a critical role in helping people overcome addiction, access resources, and improve their overall health and well-being. As such, these careers are in-demand and will continue to increase in importance and necessity within Canada and the rest of the world.

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