Understanding Addiction

Feb 05 2018

Understanding Addiction

Promoting Healthy Relationships and Supportive Environments

Overview

Understanding Addiction is an online learning program that seeks to equip non-specialist workers and volunteers with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to confidently help people who face challenges with substance use and addiction. The goal of this course is to ensure that anyone in a “helping role” will be able to foster healthy relationships and build supportive environments.

Participants will engage in eight interactive online lessons that feature opportunities for personal reflection, downloadable resources, and a facilitated forum. They will learn about topics such as: the factors behind addiction and control, the dynamics involved in helping people change their behaviour, and what to do in difficult situations. Participants will also have opportunities to practice skills that enhance client engagement while promoting safety.

This program has been developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division (CMHA BC) in partnership with BC Non-Profit Housing Association, BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, Centre for Addictions Research BC (University of Victoria), 7th Floor Media (Simon Fraser University) and Walden Media Group. CMHA BC exists to promote the mental health of British Columbians and support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

For more on this event and how to register, click here.

Next cohort TBA in April 2018