Addictions Counselling (Post-Diploma)

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  • Bachelor of Health Sciences


  • Lethbridge



Program description

The Post-Diploma Bachelor of Health Sciences major 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. Students will complete a 13-week internship, 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 program earn a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in Addictions Counselling.

Possible careers

  • Abuse Issues Counsellor
  • Addiction Counsellor
  • Assessment & Treatment Planner
  • Behavioral Disorders Counsellor
  • Case Studies Counsellor
  • Counselling Approaches & Theory Specialist
  • Counselling Ethics Specialist
  • Crisis Counsellor

Sample classes

  • ADCS 3150 - Adult Psychopathology
  • ADCS 3420 - Ethics in Addictions Counselling
  • ADCS 3739 – Addictions in Particular Populations (Series)
  • ADCS 4200 – Community Development and Outreach

Additional information

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants to the Addictions Counselling Post-Diploma program must have completed an Approved College Diploma and have a minimum diploma GPA of 3.00 on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale. If you are considering applying to the program with a diploma GPA below 3.00 (but not less than 2.00), you may be considered for admission if you have extensive practical experience in a relevant field.

The Faculty of Health Sciences will consider other diplomas in Addictions Counselling on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences must meet a Spoken English Language Proficiency requirement.

For current information on admission and program requirements, visit the Registrar's Office website.

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

Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary Health Sciences Award

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