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Addictions Community Outreach

Addictions Community Outreach

Get the knowledge and skills you need to work as an addictions community outreach worker, addictions prevention worker or other human service program provider.

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Start Date:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available

Program Overview

Addictions support professionals help individuals, families and groups affected by harmful involvement with alcohol, drugs, gambling and other addictive behaviours. Working as part of a client-centered team, with other professionals, they design and implement strategies for dealing with addictions.

You learn about:

  • The physical, emotional and social effects of alcohol, drugs, gambling and other high-risk behaviours
  • How to conduct addictions assessments
  • Crisis intervention
  • Health promotion and prevention
  • Helping strategies
  • Developing creative problem-solving skills
  • And the range of services offered in addictions support

Admission Requirements

  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in a social science or health & human services field.

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & Human Services Program Requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.

Choose NSCC

  • Knowledgeable faculty who bring academic and professional experience to the classroom.
  • Work experience will help you put theory into practice and apply your skills.

Employment Opportunities

  • Addiction-specific organizations, such as recovery centres, methadone clinics and specialized agencies.
  • Other potential employers are organizations whose mandates may not be primarily addictions, but who require their employees to have competencies for working with persons with addictions, such as half-way houses, crisis centres and group homes.

Other Info

  • Many employers in this sector require one or all of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Work Placements – you participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice and may be required to complete a placement in communities throughout the province. Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
    • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are the responsibility of the student.
  • Important Abilities & Skills – You are respectful of others, self-motivated, emotionally healthy and are comfortable listening to others without judging them.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ADCO 3000   Concepts and Theories in Addictions
ADCO 3001   Working with Groups
ADCO 3002   Creating Change Conversations
ADCO 3003   Case Management for Outreach Workers
ADCO 3004   Community and Program Development
ADCO 3005   Seminar I
ADCO 3010   Professionalism in Addiction Practice
ADCO 3011   Power, Privilege and Culture
ADCO 3012   Skills Application for Change Conversations
ADCO 3014   Community Projects Internship
ADCO 3015   Seminar II
ADCO 3016   Provocative Topics in the Addictions Field
ADCO 3030   Work Experience I
ADCO 3050   Work Experience II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1050   Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (12 Hours)
SAFE 1055   Suicide Intervention (ASIST)

Additional Graduation Requirements

Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

Next Steps

  1. 1

    Visit NSCC

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  2. 2

    Application Process

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