Addiction Studies Extension Certificate
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.
The Addiction Studies Extension Certificate was recently revised in 2014-15, featuring current and relevant course curriculum, as well as interactive and expanded online learning activities.
|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
- Check your technical requirements for the Blackboard online learning platform
- Please log in to your Blackboard course on the official course start date and refer to your Course Outline for assignment due dates.
- The listed course hours indicate the estimated time for students to review the online learning units. Your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.
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 10010||20 Hours. Fee: $375|
|CRN 90539||Online||Sep 19-Oct 17|
|CRN 90540||Online||Nov 1-29|
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 10015||20 Hours: Fee $375||Next Offered: Winter 2017|
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 10011||20 Hours. Fee: $375|
|CRN 90951 ||Online||Nov 17-Dec 15|
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 10013||20 Hours. Fee: $375|
|CRN 90792 ||Online||Nov 1-29|
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 10012||20 Hours. Fee: $375|
|CRN 90788 ||Online||Oct 19-Nov 16|
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 10014||20 Hours. Fee: $375|
|CRN 90790||Online||Sep 19-Oct 17|
"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
For information about this program:
403.440.6867 or 1.866.616.3606
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6
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