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FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

ADDICTIONS COUNSELLING (POST-DIPLOMA)

Degrees Available

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences

Intake: 

Fall

Campus: 

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.

Additional Requirements: 

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

All applicants must hold an approved college diploma. List of diplomas approved for admission to the Post-Diploma BHSc program. The Faculty of Health Sciences will consider other diplomas in Addictions Counselling on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Scholarships: 

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
$1,250

See ulethbridge.ca/healthsciences/scholarships for more information.

Additional Deadlines: 

June 1 — Addictions Counselling Deadline


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

Program Planning

View uLethbridge Program Planning Guides.

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
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