Addictions Counselling

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Credentials available

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences


  • Lethbridge



Program description

The Bachelor of Health Sciences program in addictions counselling at the University of Lethbridge is the only undergraduate Canadian program of its kind. The program gives students the knowledge they need to guide people through the addiction recovery process. In their fourth year of studies, students will complete two 13-week internships, offering them valuable clinical experience to prepare them for their careers.

The program provides students with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed for a role in treatment, prevention, and health promotion wherever addiction affects people's lives. It focuses on a range of addictive behaviours and intervention strategies, including substance abuse, problem gambling, and sexual or eating disorders. The program includes a thorough study of current issues in addictions, and an intensive training in counselling skills.

Graduates from this four-year program earn a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in addictions counselling.

Possible careers

  • Abuse issues counsellor
  • Addictions counsellor
  • Assessment & treatment planner
  • Behavioural disorders counsellor
  • Case studies counsellor
  • Counselling approaches & theory specialist
  • Counselling ethics specialist
  • Crisis counsellor
  • Drugs, alcohol & gambling counsellor
  • Medical & emergency practices specialist
  • Mental health worker
  • Psychiatric assistant
  • Social service worker
  • Special populations counsellor
  • Substance abuse counsellor

Sample classes

  • ADCS 1000 - Introduction to Addiction Studies
  • ADCS 2245 - Assessment of Addictions
  • ADCS 3150 - Adult Psychopathology
  • ADCS 3420 - Ethics in Addictions Counselling

Additional information

General admission requirements, plus: 

In addition to the English Language Proficiency requirement for regular University of Lethbridge undergraduate admission, applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences must meet a Spoken English Language Proficiency requirement.

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See here for information about our Addictions Counselling Post Diploma program

Alberta Health Services Addictions Counselling Bursary
Four bursaries | $2,500 (disbursed $1,500 the first year and $1,000 the second year)

Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary Health Sciences Award