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Professional Studies Certificate in Addictions Counselling

Program Administrator: Stephen Roy, VP & Chief Academic Officer & Academic Dean

Description

The path to recovery for people with compulsive behaviours such as substance abuse, gambling, sex addictions, and eating disorders requires trained professionals with theoretical knowledge and practical skills. This program will prepare you for a variety of challenging and rewarding careers in the field of addictions counselling. You will acquire the skills necessary to deal with individuals, couples, groups and families dealing with a variety of compulsive behaviors.

Emmanuel Bible College and ACT Associates of Waterloo, ON, offer an addictions training program as an approved educational provider of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF). The program provides the educational requirements for certification as a Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor. Please go directly to the CACCF website (www.caccf.ca) for complete certification details. Following completion of the program and prior to certification with CACCF, students must also complete a work-hours requirement as well as a clinical supervision component provided by an Addictions Clinical Supervisior. This would be done through an agency providing services to those dealing with addictions problems and not by Emmanuel Bible College. 

The program is offered as a non-credit training program through Emmanuel’s Division of Non-Traditional Education. Interested parties are reminded that the college is a religious college with an Anabaptist perspective, alongside a strong missionary zeal, and a keen emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the individual believer and faith community. The addictions training provided at Emmanuel is taught from an integrated faith perspective. For further information, please review Emmanuel Bible College's Statement of Faith and Lifestyle Agreement.

Program Delivery

The program is offered in a cohort model with the eight teaching modules scheduled over a two-year/18-month period. Students attend each week-long module on the campus of Emmanuel Bible College and are engaged in learning activities throughout the day. Students will make their own arrangements for accommodation in the Kitchener-Waterloo area but the college will provide information on local housing options. Students may have the option of accommodations on campus if regular classes are not in session at the time of their module. Students may also register for individual courses offered by the college in this program. 

Career Path

The combination of the training and required work-hours in an addictions setting will qualify the student to work as a certified addictions counselor in a variety of settings including addictions training centres, emergency shelters, and various kinds of counseling and treatment centres.

Instructors

Dr. Janice Dinsmore Czechowsky, B.A., M.T.S., M.Div., D.Min., R.P., RMFT, CCCS, CCAC

Janice Dinsmore CzechowskyDr. Janice Dinsmore Czechowsky holds a Doctor of Ministry in Counselling and Pastoral Care, Marriage and Family Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.  Jan has been a professor at Heritage College and Seminary (18 years) as well as Wilfrid Laurier University (2 years) teaching addictions courses as well as a variety of other counselling courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  She has worked in both long-term and short-term residential programs for both men and women as well as providing addiction services for a variety of EAP programs (FGI, Shepell, Morneau Shepell, Ceridian, Aspiria, Homewood, PPC Canada and Optum Canada) for over 20 years.  Her expertise in addictions has also come through a variety of workshops and courses through CAMH, Homewood, Grand River Hospital and London Health Sciences as well as a 3 year Internship with Cambridge Interfaith Family Counselling Centre with specific training on pharmacology built into this internship. Dr. Dinsmore Czechowsky’s doctoral dissertation was entitled “The Impact of Diagnostic Labels.”

Dr. Jurgen Czechowsky, B.A., M.T.S., M.Div., D.Min., RMFT, CCCS, CCAC

Jurgen CzechowskyDr. Jurgen Czechowsky holds a Doctor of Ministry in Counselling and Pastoral Care, Marriage and Family Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.  Jurgen has been a professor at Heritage College and Seminary (10 years) teaching counselling courses as well as a variety of other courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level as well as providing addiction services for a variety of EAP programs (FGI, Shepell, Morneau Shepell, Ceridian, Aspiria,) for over 20 years.  His expertise in addictions has also come through a variety of workshops and courses through Bellwood, CAMH, Homewood, Grand River Hospital and London Health Sciences as well as a 3 year Internship with Cambridge Interfaith Family Counselling Centre with specific training on pharmacology built into this internship. Dr. Czechowsky’s doctoral dissertation was entitled “The Impact Of The BlackBerry On Couple Relationships.”

Requirements

Students take all eight modules to qualify for the certificate.

Courses
PCSA-AC-001
Pharmacology & Addiction
Counselling Skills
This course is designed to be an introduction to the subject area of alcohol and drug counselling and the educational modules to fulfill the educational requirements for CACCF Certification. Students will become familiar with the techniques to establish, engage and maintain a therapeutic relationship with a participant in an addictions program. Individuals will also have a clear understanding of the difference between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics as well as an understanding of pharmacology and other medications frequently prescribed for a wide variety of psychopathologies. The focus of this course will be on pharmacology and an introduction to counselling skills including individual, family and group counselling within the addictions field. Students will be encouraged to apply what they are learning by engaging in on-going clinical supervision outside of this modular week.
PCSA-AC-002
Behavioral Addictions
& Addiction Counselling Skills

This course is part of the continuing educational modules to fulfill the requirements for CACCF certification. This course will focus on the signs and symptoms of use, the use of self in the counselling room, intake, screening, assessment, detox, boundaries, eating disorders and disordered eating as well as adrenaline, video-gaming and pornography addictions. Students will be encouraged to apply what they are learning by engaging in on-going clinical supervision outside of this modular week.

PCSA-AC-003
Therapeutic Modalities I
& Addiction Counselling Skills
This course is part of the continuing education modules to fulfill the educational requirements for CACCF certification. This course will focus on a variety of therapeutic modalities such as: choice theory and reality therapy, TA, NLP, meditation, psychopathologies, personality disorders, demonic possession, rational recovery, strategic therapy, play therapy as well as the development of core counselling functions and experiential exercises as the modalities pertain to addiction counselling. Students will be encouraged to apply what they are learning by engaging in on-going clinical supervision outside of this modular week.
PCSA-AC-004
Ethics, Crisis Response, Intervention
& Addiction Counselling Skills
This course is part of the continuing educational modules to fulfill the educational requirements for CACCF certification. This course will focus on the de-escalation of individuals with a significant mental health issue, crisis intervention including CISM skills development and suicide intervention. Ethics and restorative justice will also be covered in this module. Students will be encouraged to apply what they are learning by engaging in on-going clinical supervision outside of this modular week.
PCSA-AC-005
Human Development
& Addiction Counselling Skills
This course is part of the continuing education modules to fulfill the educational requirements for CACCF certification. This course will focus on human development from infants to the elderly including healthy relationships, sexual orientation, sexual dysfunction and trans-gendering issues. Role theory, self-worth, guilt and self-esteem will also be covered from the perspective of addictions counselling. Students will be encouraged to apply what they are learning by engaging in on-going clinical supervision outside of this modular week.
PCSA-AC-006
Therapeutic Modalities 2
& Addiction Counselling Skills

This course is part of the continuing education modules to fulfill the educational requirements for CACCF certification. This course will focus on a variety of therapeutic modalities such as: structural couple and family therapy, CBT, DBT, the use of dogs and art as tools in the therapy room. Students will be encouraged to apply what they are learning by engaging in on-going clinical supervision outside of this modular week.
PCSA-AC-007
Case Management, Grief, Relational Violence & Addiction Counselling Skills
This course is part of the continuing education modules to fulfill the educational requirements for CACCF certification. This course will focus on case management issues including, report writing, record keeping and treatment planning. It will also cover relational violence, grief, shame, guilt and forgiveness from the perspective of addictions counselling. Students will be encouraged to apply what they are learning by engaging in on-going clinical supervision outside of this modular week.
PCSA-AC-008
Child Abuse, Relapse, Prevention,
& Addictions Counselling Skills
This course is part of the continuing education modules to fulfill the educational requirements for CACCF certification. This course will focus on relapse prevention, building a relapse prevention personalized program, bullying, child abuse and the continuation of skill development. Students will be encouraged to apply what they are learning by engaging in on-going clinical supervision outside of this modular week.

Upcoming Courses

COURSE DATES
PCSA-AC-001
Pharmacology & Addiction Counselling Skills
Monday, February 20 to Friday, February 24, 2017
PCSA-AC-002
Therapeutic Modalities 1 & Addiction Counselling Skills
Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 12, 2017
PCSA-AC-003
Behavioral Addictions & Addictions Counselling Skills
Monday, August 21 to Friday, August 25, 2017
PCSA-AC-004
Ethics, Crisis Response, Intervention & Addiction Counselling Skills
Monday, October 23 to Friday, October 27, 2017
PCSA-AC-005
Human Development & Addiction Counselling Skills
Monday, January 8 to Friday, January 12, 2018
PCSA-AC-006
Therapeutic Modalities 2 & Addiction Counselling Skills
Monday, February 26 to Friday, March 2, 2018
PCSA-AC-007
Case Management, Grief, Relational Violence, & Addiction Counselling Skills

Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 11, 2018
PCSA-AC-008
Child Abuse, Relapse, Prevention, & Addictions Counselling Skills
Monday, August 20 to Friday, August 24, 2018
PCSA-AC-001
Pharmacology & Addiction Counselling Skills
Monday, October 22 to Friday, October 26, 2018
PCSA-AC-002
Therapeutic Modalities 1 & Addiction Counselling Skills
Monday, January 7 to Friday, January 11, 2019
PCSA-AC-003
Behavioral Addictions & Addictions Counselling Skills
Monday, February 25 to Friday, March 1, 2019
PCSA-AC-004
Ethics, Crisis Response, Intervention & Addiction Counselling Skills
Monday, May 6 to Friday, May 10, 2019
PCSA-AC-005
Human Development & Addiction Counselling Skills
Monday, August 19 to Friday, August 23, 2019
PCSA-AC-006
Therapeutic Modalities 2 & Addiction Counselling Skills
Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25, 2019
PCSA-AC-007
Case Management, Grief, Relational Violence, & Addiction Counselling Skills

Monday, January 6 to Friday, January 10, 2020
PCSA-AC-008
Child Abuse, Relapse, Prevention, & Addictions Counselling Skills
Monday, February 24 to Friday, February 28, 2020

Cost: Each course will cost $950 plus a $10 technology fee, for a total of $960 per course.

The combination of the training and required work-hours in an addictions setting will qualify the student to work as a certified addictions counselor in a variety of settings including addictions training centres, emergency shelters, and various kinds of counseling and treatment centres.

Note for students enrolled in for-credit programs: Students who successfully complete the eight courses will be awarded 16 hours of academic credit. Students can use the program to complete their four free electives or as a concentration in the various degree programs.

Admission & Registration

Applicants should have a high school graduation diploma or equivalent and give evidence of a personal commitment to Christ and a life that reflects Christian values. 

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Accommodation Options

EBC Residence 

To determine availability, please contact our Residence Director at ResidenceDirector@emmanuelbiblecollege.ca

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