This course will provide the students an opportunity to develop the beginning knowledge and skills for effective responses to clients experiencing co-existing alcohol and other drug dependency addiction and mental illness. Emphasis will be on understanding addictions, intervention approaches and prevention. The importance of culture in working with addictions is explored; screening assessment as well as treatment and relapse prevention are discussed from an aboriginal perspective. Historical factors that contribute to addictions in aboriginal communities are explored.
CMHW 100 or HCAS Certificate or equivalent