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Graduate Certificate in Addictions: Treatment and Prevention Georgian College




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Course info



In this graduate level program, students learn to provide a client-centered and client driven continuum of treatment for individuals with addiction problems. With a solid framework of individual and group counselling skills, the students study individual, gender and societal considerations and the resulting treatment implications. They practice motivational interviewing techniques and learn the importance of matching client needs with intervention options. In addition, students reconstruct education and prevention strategies and design, facilitate and evaluate such tools.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • counsel individuals, families and groups affected by addictions;
  • integrate skills and knowledge to provide client-centered treatment;
  • incorporate family, gender, relational, social and cultural considerations in treatment planning;
  • plan, implement and evaluate psychosocial educational programs;
  • advocate for individuals and for social change;
  • practice ethically, professionally and openly;
  • utilize strategies essential to being a resilient and healthy practitioner;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find career opportunities as addictions counsellors, substance abuse counsellors, chemical withdrawal management counsellors, addictions nurses, problem gambling counsellors, and attendants in residential, out-patient, and street-front treatment settings.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Graduate Certificate in Addictions: Treatment and Prevention.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

CAD$22,500.00 (12,61,411) per year

CAN $7,500 for each semester


14 Sep


Orillia Campus

825 Memorial Avenue,


Ontario (ON),

L3V 6S2, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must hold post-secondary diploma, or degree, with a specialty in human, health or social sciences.

Selection process

Applicants will be selected based on their academic grades. An overall minimum average of 65%, C+ or GPA of 2.5 is recommended in post-secondary studies. Resume and letter of intent may be required (upon request).

Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria to meet Georgian’s language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT): 94 - 101
  • IELTS Academic only: 7.0
  • Graduate of Level 8 of Georgian’s GAAS - English for Academic Purposes: Completion of level 8 with 80% or higher

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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