Make a difference. By working with people recovering from substance abuse, victims of domestic violence, at-risk youth, and inmates you will have a direct impact on people’s lives.

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Practicum Duration


What You Could Earn

$46,051 - $63,500

Become an Addictions & Community Health Professional

As a skilled Addictions & Community Health Professional (ACHP) you can have a rewarding career in a wide range of community health settings whether social service agencies working with children, youth families or and programs for populations dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction, family violence and the aged.

Our ACHP program is approved by the CACCF, the Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation. It will provide you with the relevant knowledge on the psychology of addiction, relapse prevention and intervention, as well as a focus on family dynamics, interviewing and counseling.


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What to expect

The Addictions & Community Health program combines theoretical knowledge with real-life examples to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of addiction and recovery from addiction. Industry-experienced instructors guide and support you as you prepare for a health worker career focused on helping others. Your courses include:

  • Addictions Fundamentals
  • Pharmacology of Addictions
  • Intake Procedures & Treatment Planning
  • Family Dynamics
  • Interviewing and Counselling Strategies
  • Group Facilitation Concepts
  • Relapse Prevention & Intervention
  • Ethics
  • High-Risk Populations
  • Addictions Awareness Today
  • CPR, First Aid, WHMIS & FOIP
  • Becoming a Master Student
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • Career Management
  • Practicum – hands-on job experience with an employer

When you graduate, you will be job-ready with experience in your field. Your program includes a 7-week practical work experience in a community mental health centre, social service or outreach agency, corrections facility or other human services agency.

Graduating students also receive a full range of professional Career Services covering resume & marketing materials preparation, interview skills, and job search techniques.

New career opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work in the community helping those in need in mental health centres, social service and outreach agencies, corrections facilities, and offices: 

  • Addictions Support Worker
  • Addictions Treatment Worker
  • Youth Support Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Family-School Liaison Worker
  • Child/Youth Care Worker
  • Child & Youth Residential Facilities & Services
  • Adult Care Worker
  • Parenting Support Worker
  • Women’s Shelter Worker
  • Community Mental Health Worker
  • Community Service Worker
  • Social Services Worker
  • Outreach Agency Worker
  • Corrections Facilities Worker
  • Addiction & Mental Health Worker

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Student Testimonial

Herjoat T.

Just graduated from the Addictions and Community Health Professional program this week and the program was AMAZING. I am really fascinated by how much the program taught me in such a short amount of time. Although because of COVID we switched the practicum to online, it worked out exceptionally well. Thank you, Sundance College!


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