Introduction to Addictions

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

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. You will also explore the stages of rehabilitation and programs that prepare first responders for their return to work, such as hardening exercise programs.

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - - TBD $650.00 29 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?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • 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 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 Online Programs and Courses for helpful videos and additional information.

Learning materials

You will access course materials online using Canvas