Next start date: September 3, 2019

40 Weeks of in-class training –  800 hours

4 Week practicum –  160 hours

The Addictions and Community Support Worker Diploma is a rewarding program that provides students with the communications and technical skills needed to work in the community, and assist those who suffer from personal, social and substance issues. Students will learn how to access clients` emotional or health related needs, and learn how to develop action plans. 


Addictions and Community Support Worker

40 Weeks

Course Duration

Calgary & Online

Program Offered In

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Alberta High School Diploma, verified by transcript, or non-Alberta equivalent OR
  • General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D) and ALL of the following criteria:
  • Completed English 30-1 course with passing grade of 65% or higher
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Provide a clear criminal record check prior to commencing practicum 

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Successful result on Wonderlic test with passing score of 20
  • Completed English 30-1 course with passing grade of 65% or higher
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Provide a clear criminal record check prior to commencing practicum

*Canadian Language Benchmark of 6 required for both standard and mature admissions if student`s first language is not English.*

Course Components

This is a diploma program which consists of a total of 800 hours of class room instructions.

The program features components as follows:

Module: Microsoft Office (80 Hours)
This module will provide students with the computer needed to work in a fast-paced environment. Students will go through keyboarding, internet use, and Microsoft application

Module: Psychology - (80 Hours)
This module will cover the following:
A) Introduction to Psychology – This course provides students with a basic knowledge of psychology terminology and concepts that can be applied in the real world.
B) Lifespan Development – This course discusses the developmental stages of the human lifespan. Students will learn about the problems associated with each stage of our life span from infancy into late adulthood. 
C) Introduction to Mental Health – Students will learn about the principles of mental health and behaviour assessment. This is designed to introduce students to the signs, symptoms and causes of emotional and social behavioural disorders, and how to prevent and provide possible supports and intervention.

Module: Addiction, Abuse and Social Crisis A (80 Hours)
This module will cover the following:
A) Fundamentals of Addiction – This module will cover general addictions, youth addictions, women’s addictions, cultural problems and the addictions associated with it, gambling addictions, and more.
B) Children and Youth Care Issues – This course will give students an overview of what children and youth in society are facing today. Students will explore attachment issues, social and physical trauma, street trade and human trafficking, and domestic abuse. Students will also learn about adolescent intervention strategies.

Module: Addiction, Abuse and Social Crisis B (80 Hours)
This module will cover the following:
 A) High Risk Populations– This course is about the defining traits and norms of different social groups. Students will learn how to deal with, and respect groups when working with them.  
 B) Working with Families– This particular course focuses on the influence of abuse within families. There will be discussions about preventatives and intervention strategies, the impact of addictions within families, and issues related to family support work.

Module: Treatment and Procedure (80 Hours)
This module will cover the following:
A) Fundamentals of Pharmacology– This module concentrate on the basic pharmacology of mental health problems and substance use. This course will cover the effects of psychiatric medications and substance use on the brain. Students will learn the fundamentals of delivering medication safely, and the procedures associated with withdrawals.
B) Introduction to Intake Procedures & Treatment Planning–This module helps students understand the role and purpose of the support worker in the intake procedure and treatment planning. Students will also go over the challenges that they may come across during this process.

Module: Interventions (80 Hours)
This module will cover the following:
A) Trauma and Crisis Intervention - Students will be able to describe crisis intervention and suicide prevention models, including the use of psychological first aid strategies. Students will be able to demonstrare knowledge of the factors associated with trauma response to include psycho social, psychical, cognitive, affective and behavioral responses.

Module: Relapse Prevention & Rehabilitation (80 Hours)
This module will cover the following:
A) Relapse Prevention/Intervention & Rehabilitation – Students will develop the knowledge and skills to assist in minimizing and preventing the effects of prolonged periods of relapse during the journey of recovery.  

Module: Guidelines for Practice and Training as a Community worker (80 Hours)
This module will cover the following:
A) Life Skills Mentoring – This course is designed to assist students to think through problems for themselves and to make their own decisions. The emphasis is on personal learning, which includes an ability to manage one’s life effectively and with more confidence.
B) Communications Strategies and Professional Practice – This subject helps students in working effectively in a professional relationship.  Topics include general communications, language, public communication, informative speaking, persuasive speaking, non-verbal communication and more.

Module: Group Process (80 hours)
This module will cover the following:
A) Group Facilitation– In this course, students will learn about the dynamics of group counselling and understand the stages of group work development. Students will gain confidence, leadership skills, and learn to overcome challenges that arise in these types of situations. 
B) Client Interviewing Techniques – Students will learn to demonstrate how to effectively communicate with clients in many types of situations through role play and field work. Students will also be introduced to a diverse range of interviewing techniques.

Module: Case Management (80 hours)
This module will cover the following:
A)Case Management – Students are introduced to various methods of documenting classified client information, and the requirements for various entries within the limits of legal and ethical requirements

Module: Career and Employment (80 hours)
This module will cover the following:
A) Career and Employment Strategies–Students will learn how to utilize different job search resources in order to connect with potential future employers. Interviewing skills and techniques will also be discussed
B)Job Search and Resume Writing– This module provides students with both traditional and contemporary practical applications in job-search methods and resumes writing skills to obtain employment after graduation. Interviewing skills and techniques will also be discussed.

Module: Practicum 160 Hours
This module will cover the following:
A) Community Placement– This program includes  4 weeks of practicum. The students will experience to apply the knowledge and skills that they learned from their previous courses.  Students will have a practical and hand on experience on handling different cases of addiction, mental health issues and traumas. 


For further information about our Addictions and Community Support Worker program please contact an ABM College admissions counsellor.

Legal Assistant Diploma Program

Legal Assistants are a lawyer's right hand. They support lawyers at law firms and private practices by creating and maintaining legal files, doing research and writing the first draft of documents. Legal assistants might also look into a case's facts, maintain digital databases, reference law libraries, prepare and deliver affidavits and anything else a lawyer might need during trial.

The job description for the Legal Assistant seeks for highly skilled and detailed oriented individual who is ready to take on the full responsibility of what they are entrusted upon.

ABM College offers this program under the supervision of very competent Instructors. This program covers almost every area of Law Practice keeping view that the graduate will be able to perform in any law office with a strong knowledge of requirements in different fields of law.

A very strong part of the program is the Practicum at the end of the program . The practicum is arranged at reputable Law Offices and at the Court House. The practicum allows student to work from a real work environment to get a clear understanding of the demands of work. This also clears their path to enter the work force.

Next start date: September 4, 2018

27 Weeks of in-class training – Approximately 540 hours

4 Week practicum – Approximately 160 hours

Method of Learning

  • Self Directed
  • Online/Computer
  • Traditional Lecture

Who Should Enroll?

Students should consider a career as a Legal Assistant if they are interested in and would like to pursue a career within the legal system, but are not interested in practicing law or attending law school. Legal Assistants require excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to accurately work in a fast paced environment, strong organizational and time-management skills, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team. This short program is designed to meet the needs of both students looking to start a career and foreign trained lawyers looking for experience in the Canadian legal system.

If you enjoy interacting with clients, conducting research, and are interested in the legal sector, act now by enrolling in our Legal Assistant program and taking the first step towards your new career!

Job Opportunities

  • Legal Firms
  • The Legal Departments of Large Corporations
  • Real Estate Companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Municipal, Provincial and Federal Courts
  • Related Government Departments and Agencies (for example, land title offices)

Course Components

The program consists of the following modules:

  1. Computer Applications ( Word, Excel, Access , Power Point and Keyboarding)
  2. Introduction to Canadian Law
  3. Legal Communications
  4. General Legal Office Procedures & Legal Accounting
  5. Commercial Law
  6. Criminal Law and Procedures
  7. Corporate Law & Procedures
  8. Immigration & Refugee Law
  9. Family Law
  10. Wills & Estates
  11. Legal Research & Writing
  12. Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources Law
  13. Intellectual Property Law
  14. Practicum

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

  • Minimum age for student is 18.
  • Alberta High School Diploma verified by transcript or non-Alberta equivalent.
  • Pass screening interview with College Admission department.

Mature Admission

  • Mature students must have been out of high school for at least 1 year and minimum age of 19.
  • Take ABM admission test (Wonderlic).
  • Pass screening interview with College Admission department. All students must pass the criminal background check.

For further information about our Legal Assistant program please contact an ABM College admissions counsellor.

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