Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention
Gain the skills and knowledge you need for employment in a variety of addictions settings through practical, hands-on learning. The curriculum is based on the holistic teachings of the Medicine Wheel, with a focus on the root causes of addiction within Indigenous communities. You will learn both cultural and mainstream approaches to addictions counselling. Traditional teachings will guide you through the physical, mental, social, cultural and spiritual elements of addiction as you learn vital assessment, intervention and recovery techniques for individuals, families, and groups. Training ranges from pharmacology to traditional methods including Sacred Circles, Teaching/Learning Circles, and the use of the four sacred medicines – tobacco, cedar, sage and sweet grass.
Postsecondary education is a strong catalyst for connecting Indigenous students to their culture, language and history. This program, unique to Ontario, focuses on the root causes of addiction in Indigenous communities. Program-led culture camps bring together Indigenous elders and students to share in Anishinabe ceremonies that directly address wellness and healing in a holistic sense and from an Anishinabe centre.
Community and field placement opportunities are available!
Your Future Career
What You Learn
Semester One - Fall:
IWA 112 Traditional Healing, Learning, and Teaching
IWA 113 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counselling and Teaching
IWA 114 Contemporary Challenges Facing Native Communities
IWA 117Introduction to Cultural Specific Helping
SSW 100History and Philosophy of Social Work
CMM 125College Communications
Semester Two - Winter:
GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online
CMM 230Workplace Communications
IWA 200 Substance Abuse in Families and Native Communities
IWA 204Introduction to Community Development
IWA 203 Methods - Using Traditional Healing to Break the Cycle of Abuse
Semester Three - Fall:
IWA 211Placement Preparation
MHA 235 Pharmacology for Mental Health and Addiction Worker
IWA 207Methods II - Recovery Strategies
IWA 208The Accountable Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention Worker
IWA 209Evaluating Information
Semester Four - Winter (Classes 7 wks / Placement 8 wks):
IWA 210Methods III - Relapse Prevention
MHA 242Concurrent Disorders
MHA 244The Legacy of Trauma
IWA 215Field Placement (8 weeks - 37.5 hrs/wk)
Flexible Exit Options
Exit with an Ontario College Certificate after one year or exit with an Ontario College Diploma after two years. The second year field practicum consists of an 8-week placement in a community based agency where students have hands-on training as they apply classroom learning to practice.
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Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.
Graduates of the IWAP program are eligible to become accredited through the FNWACCB. FNWACCB’S certification is rooted in the belief that Aboriginal communities have unique and legitimate healing needs that demand equally unique spiritual and philosophical approaches and solutions.
Graduates of the two year diploma program are awarded a maximum of 42 credits (approx. 1.5 years of advanced standing) towards the Honours Bachelor of Social Work in Native Human Services at Laurentian University.
Additional pathways exist with Algoma University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Wilfred Laurier University and other institutions.
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