Drug and Alcohol Counsellor

The Drug and Alcohol Counsellor program will teach you ethical principles, counselling techniques, and relevant addictions theory to meet client needs. Along the way, you'll learn more about yourself too

Peterborough

Winter 2015
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: DA
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: LeeAnn Cormier Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Start Dates: January 12, 2015
Tuition Fees: $1,893.09 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
Fall 2015
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: DA
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: LeeAnn Cormier Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Start Dates: September 08, 2015
Tuition Fees: $1,951.09 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

During the first semester of your educational journey, you will get an introduction to the field of addictions, counselling, and the human experience.  You will also learn about aboriginal history and culture.

In your second semester you will build on the knowledge gained in first semester to learn much more about addictions.  Courses focus on the family, pharmacology, abnormal psychology, legal and ethical aspects of counselling, the management of addictions, along with a field and career orientation.

Third semester helps you explore trends in the addictions field, advanced methods and skills to treat addiction, concurrent disorders, and group process while developing skills for the block placement in fourth semester. 

The fourth and final semester helps you practice what you have learned in the previous three semesters in a relevant and rewarding province-wide field placement.

A current police check with vulnerable sector check and proof of immunization is required prior to placement.

Success Stories

"My experience during this program was fantastic. It was worth every minute. My goal of making a career change into this field worked like a dream for me. When I graduated, I was prepared, because of what I learned at Fleming College. If I had a choice of any job, this is the one I would choose." Rick Mayoh
Trauma and Addictions Counsellor

Why Choose Fleming

Fleming's Drug and Alcohol Counsellor program offers unique, broad-based training which enables graduates to work in various areas with addictions as the primary or secondary presenting issue.  When you graduate, you may choose to complete two additional years at the University of Lethbridge to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Sciences, Addictions Counselling.

Is this You?

To work in this field, you need:

  • empathy toward people "on the fringe"
  • crisis management skills
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • emotional maturity

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include work in withdrawal management and residential facilities, in shelters, and assessment and referral agencies, as a counsellor, case manager, therapist, or relief staff. 

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12) 

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted. 

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.

* Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.

Related Programs

Interested in other helping professions? You might also consider the Social Service Worker program or the Child and Youth Worker program.

Health Requirements

Immunization Requirements

This program has immunization requirements. For more information, and to print the required immunization form, please see the Immunization Information page.

Additional Costs

You should plan to spend approximately $700 per year for books and supplies.

Transfer Agreements

For more information see the Pathways to University page.

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