Introduction to Addictions

Addiction touches many lives, impacting not only the individual, but also their family, their workplace and their community. In this course, you will review theories on addiction, the stages of addiction, as well as prevention methods and treatment.

This course will provide first responders with the knowledge of addiction required to enhance their working relationships with people with addictions of various types. It will also provide learners with opportunities for personal assessment of addictive behaviour, and to enhance daily mindfulness with respect to addiction warning signs. You will be introduced to frameworks for practice in mental health and addictions, including values, philosophies, and multicultural and indigenous perspectives, as well as current trends, issues and available community resources.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Jennifer Thompson $650.00 27 Register
Online - - TBD $650.00 30 Register

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Define addiction and describe approaches to intervention
  • Identify appropriate assessment, treatment and relapse prevention
  • Explore the diverse needs of individuals and groups dealing with addiction and concurrent disorders
  • Examine addiction warning signs and risk factors, and discuss ways to prevent progression of addiction
  • Identify impacts of addiction and explore assistance, resources and support options

How will I be evaluated?

  • Assignments 
  • Participation in online discussions 
  • Examinations

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

Learning materials

You will access course materials online using Canvas