School of Social Work


1. A program leading to the Diploma in Clinical Counselling for Addictions is offered by the School of Social Work. While some courses may be available to students registered in cognate disciplines, the intention of this program is to prepare persons who have a first professional counselling degree to undertake professional responsibilities in the area of psychosocial counselling with persons affected by substance use and abuse or other "addictions".

2. To be eligible for admission to this diploma program a student must have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution with either a baccalaureate degree in social work from an accredited program, or have completed another degree in a related counselling profession deemed acceptable by the Admissions Committee of the School of Social Work. Students admitted to this Diploma program with a degree other than social work, require at least one year of acceptable experience in psychosocial counselling. A student may obtain permission to register in selected courses in the program without being admitted to the program.

3. Admission to the Diploma in Clinical Counselling for Addictions is on the basis of competition for a limited number of places. Selection of Candidates will be based on:

a) completion, or within one semester of completion, of a first professional counselling degree;
b) academic performance, and;
c) relevant work experience.

The Course Instructor may recommend admission of a student to selected courses in the program.

4. Students transferring into this Diploma program from another University must meet the general admission requirements of this University as well as the regulations for admission to the Diploma in Clinical Counselling for Addictions.

5. Students accepted into the program must complete:

- Social Work 4616. Social Work in Addictions.
- Social Work 5329. Biopsychosocial Assessment in Addictions.
- Social Work 5000. Relapse Prevention in Addictions Counselling.
- Social Work 5010. Addictions Counselling with Families.
- Social Work 5020. Group Counselling in Addictions.
- Social Work 5030. Clinical Consultation in Addictions, OR
- Social Work 5031. Clinical Internship in Addictions.

6. To remain in good standing in the Diploma program, students are required to obtain a minimum 65% grade in each of the six required courses, as outlined in clause 5 above. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a student being required to withdraw from the Diploma program.

7. Students who fail to meet the requirements of clause 6, may be permitted to repeat one required course upon written application to the Director of the School of Social Work. Only one such application will be permitted.

8. Students who are required to withdraw from the diploma program and who wish to re-enter the program may re-apply in competition after a lapse of, at least, two semesters.

9. Students who have completed Social Work 4616 or Social Work 5329 as part of the B.S.W. program, do not need to repeat them.

10. Upon completion of the 18 required credit hours, a student will be eligible for the award of the Diploma in Clinical Counselling for Addictions.

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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