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    Credential

    • Certificate
    General Stream or Specialization in Addiction Studies

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    Program length

    • 2 to 5 years

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    Program features

    • For Canadian citizens and permanent residents living in Manitoba
    • Part-time, online * subject to change

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    Program fees

    • Total cost: $4,725 for required courses, plus electives and $100 non-refundable application fee
    • Each course: $450 to $675
    Pricing subject to change without notice

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    Study counselling

    This program is ideal if you work or volunteer in a counselling context, as a professional or paraprofessional counsellor. For those without counselling experience, it is recommended that you seek out volunteer opportunities prior to or while you are in the program. It is important that you have an opportunity to practice the skills you learn in class with actual clients on a regular basis.

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    Personal suitability criteria

    The program focuses on the development of practical counselling strategies. It is not intended to be therapeutic and it is expected that participants have dealt with traumatic issues, in some manner, prior to entering the program. You must be willing to reflect critically on personal values and attitudes and not carry any discrimination with you, be ready to actively participate as a learner and demonstrate skills learned in practice situations, and be willing to address and resolve conflicts respectfully, maintaining professional and ethical behavior according to the Counselling Code of Ethics, and disclosing any criminal conviction and child abuse record that may occur while in the program. Personal unsuitability may prevent you from being admitted to the program or require that you withdraw.

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    Integrating Indigenous perspectives

    Our commitment is to integrate Indigenous perspectives and worldviews into several courses within this program. This is an important and necessary revision given Indigenous Peoples are one of the fastest growing demographics, both in Manitoba and Canada. It is also in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action as we work together to be more inclusive, responsive, and respectful to the First Peoples of Canada. It is important to recognize that Indigenous Peoples have diverse worldviews, cultural traditions and ways of knowing that enhance their health and wellness as individuals and within their broader communities. These are important considerations as we work together on our path to reconciliation; which is especially important in the helping profession.

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Program details

This program is for Canadian citizens and permanent residents living in Manitoba. Information for international students who wish to study with us can be found at Intensive program packages.

Credential: Earn a University of Manitoba Certificate in Applied Counselling.

Fees: $4,725 for required courses, plus electives and $100 non-refundable application fee.
Pricing subject to change without notice.

Expected duration: 2 to 5 years, part-time

Course requirements: Students must complete COUN 0100 first, and their Capstone course last. All courses in the ACC program are screening courses and students must adhere to the personal suitability criteria throughout the entire program. They must obtain a minimum grade of C+ in each course (including Shared Health Addictions Education courses) and maintain 90 percent attendance in order to receive a passing grade.

Synchronous sessions: At this time, all classes are being offered through live, online sessions. Classes are usually held on weekday evenings, and some Saturdays during the day. Class dates and times can be found on our course registration page

Choice of General Stream or Specialization in Addictions Studies: The Specialization in Addictions Studies combines program courses with courses from Shared Health Addictions Education.

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Program courses - General Stream

Required courses

Course number Course name Contact hours Term(s) offered
COUN 0100 Counselling Skills - Level I 30 Fall, Winter
COUN 0200 Counselling Skills - Level II 30 Fall, Winter
COUN 0300 Counselling Skills - Level III 30 Winter
COUN 0202 Counselling Theories 30 Summer
COUN 0240 Working with Families 30 Winter
COUN 0242 Working with Groups 30 Fall
COUN 0400 Capstone 30 Winter, Summer

Elective courses

Choose a minimum of 100 contact hours.

Course number Course name Contact hours Term(s) offered
COUN 0258 Anger Management 20 Summer
COUN 0254 Caring for the Caregiver 20 Winter
COUN 0250 Crisis Counselling 20 Summer
COUN 0110 Foundations of Case Management 21 Summer
COUN 0256 Mental Health Issues and Co-Occurring Addictions in Human Services Delivery 30 Winter
COUN 0252 Understanding Family Violence 30 Fall
COUN 0260

Resiliency and Indigenous Youth: Working in Respect and Reciprocity
* You cannot receive credit for both this course and COUN 0902 or the Fall offering of COUN 0900 Special Topics in Counselling 1

30 Fall

Program courses - Specialization in Addiction Studies

Required UM courses

Course number Course name Contact hours Term(s) offered
COUN 0100 Counselling Skills - Level I 30 Fall, Winter
COUN 0200 Counselling Skills - Level II 30 Fall, Winter
COUN 0300 Counselling Skills - Level III 30 Winter
COUN 0202 Counselling Theories 30 Summer
COUN 0240 Working with Families 30 Winter
COUN 0242 Working with Groups 30 Fall
COUN 0400 Capstone 30 Winter, Summer

Required Shared Health Addictions Education courses

Course name Contact hours
Fundamentals of Addiction 20
Pharmacology of Mood Altering Drugs 10
Recovery Oriented Practice (formerly Continuum of Recovery) 10

Elective Shared Health Addictions Education courses

Choose a minimum of 60 contact hours of elective courses from Shared Health Addictions Education.

Course name Contact hours
Older Adults: Substance Use and Gambling 10
Family Dynamics: Substance Use and Gambling 10
Family Violence and Addictions 10
Indigenous People: Substance Use and Gambling 10
Understanding Gambling and Gambling Behaviour 10
Women: Substance Use and Gambling 10
Youth: Substance Use and Gambling 10

Register for Shared Health Addictions Education courses

See course details for Shared Health Addictions Education Courses
Register online at Shared Health or contact them at 204-944-6260 or 1-866-638-2561 or SH-Education@sharedhealthmb.ca.

Note: Addictions Education Courses must be transferred into your program.
Submit the Addictions Education Transfer Request Form, with a copy of the Addictions Education grade letter for each course being transferred into the program.

Addictions Education Course Transfer Request Form (PDF)

Register for courses

You can register for courses before applying to this program. Please visit courses.

How to apply

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  • Sign in or create an account in our registration system. 
  • Choose Apply to a Program in the left menu. 
  • Select your program and pay your application fee.
  • Submit your required documents within two weeks of completing your application form.

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  • You must provide your valid test results to meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements.
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  • You must provide your high school transcript.
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  • You may apply as a Mature Student, without a high school transcript.

Learn more about the program

  • Heather Dueck
    Working with Indigenous Youth in Applied Counselling, Student

  • Matt MacRae
    Applied Counselling, Grad

  • Bonnie Murray
    Applied Counselling, Grad

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