Addictions & Community Services Worker Arnprior Campus | Ottawa Campus |

Addictions & Community Services Worker Arnprior Campus | Ottawa Campus |

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Become An Addictions & Community Services Worker

Are you a caring, compassionate person who wants to help others? Community Service Workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services and assist clients in dealing with personal and social problems. Graduates work in social service and government agencies, mental health agencies, group homes, shelters, substance abuse centres, school boards, correctional facilities, and other establishments.

If so, then our 52-week Addictions and Community Services Worker with co-op diploma program might be right for you. Not only do we teach community services worker skills, but we have also added addictions training, to better prepare you in your new career.

Get industry certified

You will obtain certifications in:

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • First Aid/CPR with Red Cross
  • 3 Additional Industry Certifications & Certificates which employers demand

Is this Addictions Community Services Worker program right for you?

This Addictions Community Services Worker program is an excellent fit for:

  • Someone who is caring works well in a team atmosphere, and is passionate about helping others
  • A mature student who has previous job experience looking to enhance and develop new or existing skills that are relevant in today’s job market
  • A recent graduate who wants to specialize in an emerging and in-demand health field
  • Someone who wants to fast-track to a new and exciting career in healthcare
  • Someone seeking fast, hands-on skills training in addictions community services worker courses

All of our programs are currently being delivered in a virtual classroom environment.

During this time of social distancing, we are available to help you with your career goals. You don’t need to worry about how you are going to plan your education future. We are conducting all of our Admissions Meetings and School Information Sessions over the phone to help you start your career training this year!

Programs are either delivered 100% online or a combination of online and on-campus lab time. Once it is deemed safe to do so, we will be returning to on-campus, in-class learning.

Total program length is 52 weeks
40 weeks of theory, 8 weeks practicum placement
Up to 4 weeks of breaks

Job Market

Addictions Community Services Workers work in personal support roles with youth and adults in a variety of social settings. The addictions community services worker courses offered in this program make you job-ready the moment you graduate. Successful graduates of this program may pursue a variety of interesting positions, including:

  • Addictions Worker
  • Group Home Support Worker
  • Community Services Worker
  • Women’s Shelter Worker
  • Corrections Facility Professional
  • Youth Worker
  • Women’s Centre Coordinator

Salary Information

Average Wage ($/hr) – $20.51
High Wage ($/hr) – $38.14
National Occupation Classification (NOC) for this program: 4212
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Admission Requirements

Grade 12 (Secondary School Diploma) or GED equivalence


Willis College Entrance Assessment. If you are a Mature Student, you can gain admittance by writing a free entrance assessment test. Note: students with foreign credentials, regardless of whether their documents have been translated/compared or not, should be tested to establish literacy in the English language.

Are you looking to apply as an International Student?

Find out more about international student admissions requirements.

Program Outline

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Certification
  • Business Communications I - English Essentials I
  • Career Management
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • Counselling Techniques
  • CPR & First Aid, Level C Certification
  • Family Development and Functions
  • Fundamentals of Addiction
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Law for Service Workers
  • Mental Health
  • MS PowerPoint
  • MS Windows & Outlook
  • MS Word
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention Certification
  • Populations At Risk
  • Practicum
  • Professional Documentation and Case Management
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Relapse Prevention and Recovery
  • Self-Care and Team Building
  • Solution-Focused Intervention Techniques
When I first started at Willis I was a shy, self-conscious girl… but Willis changed all that! My time at Willis was knowledgeable, fun and most importantly self-rewarding. The PSW program was amazing. I learned so much. All of the staff are absolutely awesome; they looked at you as a person and not just a number filling up a seat. Rachel Goyer Personal Support Worker

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