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Addictions Community Outreach

Addictions Community Outreach

Get the knowledge and skills you need to work in addictions support.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
$5,380 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
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


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

You learn about:

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

Admission requirements

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.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit proof that you've 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.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province.
  • You're not guaranteed placements of your choice.
  • Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • For more information, visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates work with addiction-specific organizations, such as recovery centres, needle exchanges, methadone clinics and specialized agencies.
  • Grads are employed by half-way houses, transition houses, crisis centres and group homes whose mandates may not be primarily addictions, but who require their employees to have competencies for working with persons with substance misuse.

Choose NSCC

  • We have knowledgeable faculty who bring academic and professional experience to the classroom.

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 in Family Court may impact your ability to secure employment.

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

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