Centennial launches new ‘addictions work’ certificate
As research into addictions continues to advance, new knowledge, techniques, skills and terminology are advancing too. Centennial College’s newly-revamped ‘addictions work: professional practice skills certificate’ reflects those changes, better equipping professionals to make a difference in the lives of those they’re striving to help.
“The really exciting piece around this program is that it offers the most current theories and practical skills that you can implement wherever you are,” says program coordinator Denise Halsey. “It can better equip you to assist whoever you work with, whichever platform you work at, whatever your belief system is. It’s about knowledge.”
With more than 25 years of professional experience in addictions, mental health, marginalized communities, anger management, crisis intervention, clinical supervision, program development and prevention, Halsey was excited to undertake the challenge of developing a new curriculum for the certificate.
“Not long ago, addictions and mental health were treated separately… but we’ve learned that many people with mental health problems also have problems with addiction, often because they want to self-medicate so they’re not as anxious or because they want to feel differently,” Halsey says.
“Recognition that mental health and addiction are concurrent allows us to create programs to serve that community better.” Terminology has also evolved. “We no longer use the term ‘addict,’ for instance. Instead, we use the term ‘addictive behaviour.’ It’s a more clientcentred or compassion-centred model,” she says.
Centennial’s previous certificate was comprised of 10 courses. The new certificate is comprised of five “very relevant” courses, all of which include valuable Canadian content:
•Withdrawal management, overdose prevention and harm reduction
• Psychopharmacology for addiction treatment
• Trauma-informed and solution-focused counselling
• Addictions case management
• Systems navigation and select population
The program is ideal for community service professionals working in the community services field or graduates of a community services diploma or degree – such as social work, social service work, child and youth care, and community and justice services – who want to further develop their knowledge and skills in the field of addictions.
Students will have the opportunity to experientially learn about the field of addictions through guest speakers and by participating in case studies and field trips. Graduates will be eligible to work at front-line mental health and addiction agencies, shelters, homeless drop-in centres, hospitals and crisis service centres.
Centennial’s courses are recognized by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for those interested in becoming a certified addictions counsellor. There are lots of reasons why someone would want to work in addictions, including personal and/or familial experience.
“A huge portion want to give back,” says Halsey. “For some it’s part of their own healing. Others have been exposed to it. I think there’s a new awareness of addictions and people are realizing it’s everywhere,” she says. “We’re generalists. We have lots of bits of knowledge or know where to find it so we can better serve, not do harm and honour the house we’re in, which is the agency, hospital or facility we’re working at.”
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WIDE RANGE OF PROGRAMS
Toronto’s Centennial College offers more than 250 diploma, certificate and degree programs on a full- and part-time basis in business, media, arts, hospitality, community services, engineering technology, health care and transportation. Its programs emphasize experiential learning with laboratory instruction, co-op education and industry placements.
The following are examples of Centennial’s graduate certificates, most of which are delivered full time and in eight months. They’re intended for students wanting to earn a quick credential on top of their college diploma or university degree. Advanced business management — alcoholic beverages.
Learn about category and supply chain management, accounting, marketing, the global regulatory framework and
corporate social responsibility. Arts and entertainment
journalism. Develop skills in reporting, criticism, social media, imaging and multi-platform design. Complete an industry field placement.
Cybersecurity. Learn how to protect computers, applications and networks from unauthorized and malicious users or software.
Food tourism. Discover the links between tourism marketing, development and experiences with gastronomy, wine, culture, food traditions and communities. Mobile applications development. Learn to develop mobile apps for Google Android and Apple iOS devices.
Workplace and wellness health promotion. Learn to promote the total wellbeing of individuals and groups within corporate and community contexts.
The following are among the part-time certificates Centennial offers:
Autism and behavioral science. Develop advanced knowledge of autism spectrum disorder and awareness of effective intervention techniques.
Business administration – leadership and management. Enhance your ability to manage projects, find efficiencies, identify the best hires and leverage your financial know-how into strategic business decisions.
Effective project management. Learn current project management techniques to implement projects of any size, either as a manager or a member of a project team.
Professional sales. Learn the fundamental skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for success in an entry-level sales position. Retirement communities
management. This program is offered in partnership with Ontario Retirement Communities Association. An ORCA-accredited home has completed a full operational review of all provincial regulations and best operational practices.
Auto service advisor. Receive training in technical aspects of the automobile, as well as communication and managerial skills. CISCO certified networking
associate. Prepare to obtain the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification and receive the groundwork for more advanced studies in networking. Community services
management. Students with previous experience or education within community services develop such skills as program planning, operations and resource development, including fundraising techniques and volunteer management.
PART-TIME CERTIFICATESCentennial’s courses are recognized by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for those interested in becoming a certified addictions counsellor.