Addiction Studies

Addiction Studies Extension Certificate - Curriculum Updated Fall 2017


Enhance your understanding of current addiction approaches and trends. Learn about the issues of prevention, treatment, youth, physical and psychological addiction, mental health and family dynamics. This comprehensive online program is designed for professionals and para-professionals in the human service field as well as those interested in addiction studies.

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Note: If you are a continuing student, the new courses align with the former addiction courses. Please refer to the chart below to choose the course(s) you require to complete your Extension Certificate.
New Course
(as of 2014-15)
Previous Course
(prior to Fall 2014)
Addiction Studies: Overview Introduction to Addiction Perspectives
Drugs and the Brain Drugs, How They Work, Their Effects
Addiction and the Family Family and Addiction
Addiction and Concurrent Mental Health Disorders Special Topics in Addiction
Addiction Prevention Community-Based Prevention
Understanding Adolescents and Addiction

Working with Adolescents

  • Gain valuable skills and knowledge of the processes of addiction and recovery for personal interest or to further your health and human service career
  • Explore current practices in the field of addiction treatment and prevention
  • Understanding addiction issues as they relate to the fields of health, mental health, social work, human resources and law enforcement

  • Complete the 6 required courses (120 hours) 
  • Can be completed within 2 semesters up to a maximum of 3 years
  • You may take individual courses for general interest
  • The listed course hours indicate the estimated time for students to review the online learning units. Your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.

Required Courses
Spring '18
(May - June)
Fall '18
(Sept. - Dec.)
Winter '19
(Jan. - April)
Addiction Studies: Overview  
Drugs and the Brain
Addiction Prevention  
Addiction and the Family  
Understanding Adolescents  
Addictions and Concurrent Mental Health Disorders
The above schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester.
Fall schedule and registration available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March.

Addiction Studies: Overview
Gain an understanding of several topics related to addiction, including theories and models of substance abuse, indicators of dependence, and intervention and treatment strategies. Examine the stages of change model, motivational interviewing and its application to the addictions field. An overview of the other courses in the program including adolescents, prevention, family and drugs will also be covered.

Subject code: XADD 1001020 Hours. Fee: $375Next offered Fall 2018

Addiction Prevention
Prevention programs are designed to prevent or reduce the risk of developing substance abuse problems. Examine models and critical success factors of prevention programming, health promotion and harm reduction.

Subject code: XADD 1001520 Hours: Fee $375 
CRN 50512OnlineMay 28 - June 25

Drugs and the Brain
Acquire basic knowledge of drug classification systems and their physiological effects. Examine drug dependence, tolerance, withdrawal, methods of administration and motivating factors for drug use. Topics include simple pharmacology and biological factors of the recovery process.

Subject code: XADD 1001120 Hours. Fee: $375
CRN 50177
OnlineMay 14 - June 11

Understanding Adolescents and Addiction
Work towards understanding adolescents and the unique considerations for this age group and addiction. Examine the biological, cognitive and social development of adolescents. Consider substance use and abuse through the adolescent lens, and learn more about the important considerations for treatment and intervention with this population.

Subject code: XADD 1001320 Hours. Fee: $375Next offered Fall 2018

Addiction and the Family
Examine the nature and structure of families, and the potential impacts on the family unit and individual family members when a family member has an addiction. An introduction to how families influence and are influenced by addiction, the power of the family in recovery, and current recommendations for best practices will be reviewed.

Subject code: XADD 1001220 Hours. Fee: $375Next offered Fall 2018

Addiction and Concurrent Mental Health Disorders
Gain skills and knowledge to better identify and understand people with concurrent disorders. Examine the prevalence of concurrent disorders and learn about the most commonly assessed mental health and addiction related issues. Explore assessment, treatment and recovery issues for the individual who is dealing with recovery from concurrent disorders.

Subject code: XADD 1001420 Hours. Fee: $375 
CRN 50365
OnlineJune 11 - July 9

*Fall 2018 registration opens Monday, June 11, 2018

*Winter 2019 registration opens Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dayle Anne Bruce MA, R. Psych.SSDATA_CE_BRUCE

Dayle is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and a Registered Clinical Counselor in British Columbia. Her experience in the addiction field includes working in detox, outpatient adult services and clinical supervision in Calgary; counselling at Alcohol and Drug services in the Yukon and Fort McMurray; developing new programs for problem gamblers; and training of Addictions Counselors. She worked for the Alberta Alcohol & Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC) for 17 years and has more recently specialized in managing an Employee Assistance Program in Calgary and career counselling. She now lives in Victoria, BC which makes online instruction in the Mount Royal Addiction Studies program a perfect fit! In addition to instructing, Dayle is a current member of the Addiction Studies Extension Certificate Advisory Committee at Mount Royal.


Ben Gallivan MA, R. Psych.SSDATA_CE_GALLIVAN

Ben Gallivan has an undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a graduate degree in Counselling Psychology. He is a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta and has worked for over 17 years in the addiction and mental health field. Aside from instructing in both the Addiction Studies and Children’s Mental Health Certificate Programs, Ben also works for Athabasca University, supervises an addiction and mental health treatment program for Alberta Health Services and runs a successful private practice.

Over two decades Ben has presented at international conferences, taught both classroom and online courses on a variety of subjects, and mentored many emerging therapists. Ben is currently a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. In his free time Ben enjoys traveling and wandering through the hills with family and friends.

Tami Reid MA, R. Psych.SSDATA_CE_REID

Tami has a graduate degree in Counselling Psychology and has been working in the field of addictions and mental health for more than 20 years. After 7 years working in an inpatient mental health setting, Tami began to transition through roles in school- and community-based addiction and mental health services with the former Alberta Mental Health Board and Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. Tami has engaged with clients in her private practice and she currently supervises a team of addiction counsellors providing outpatient services with Alberta Health Services.

Tami is a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta and a member of the Psychologist Association of Alberta. Over the years, Tami has supported the field of addictions by developing curriculum, facilitating professional development courses and supporting the development and implementation of National and Provincial initiatives related to Substance Abuse Prevention. Tami has worked in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA) and since 2014 has been a working member of the Canadian Sport and Youth Substance Abuse Prevention network.

Lorell Thoms BA, BSW, RSW

Lorell is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) who started her career in the 1990s as a client care counsellor at AIDS Calgary. In her first experiences as a counsellor, Lorell was introduced to the health promotion perspective and found the approach fit well with her personal perspective on change and individual choice.

When she began her career with AADAC Adult Services, Lorell was introduced to the stages of change model and motivational interviewing. These approaches have enhanced Lorell’s ability to engage clients and have been effective in her work in addictions and corrections.

Prior to working as the program coordinator and a program facilitator at Calgary Correctional Centre, Lorell worked for Corrections Services Canada as a program officer and a motivational interviewing trainer.

In more recent years she completed the Adult Educator program at MRU and has attended further training on the topics of motivational interviewing, concurrent disorders and trauma. 

"I felt the Addictions study course had great material, it was current and relative to the industry. The instructors were great - with constructive feedback. I would recommend this course to anyone in the industry." - Peter L. Sheridan

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For information about this program:
403.440.6867 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB  T3E 6K6

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