Training: Understanding Addiction


Promoting Healthy Relationships and Supportive Environments


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.

Course Registration

Understanding Addiction is available twice throughout the year and the cost per person is $100. To sign up for the course, please follow these three steps:

1. Register for the training until September 30, 2017

2. Create an account

Once your payment has been processed, you will be re-directed to create an account.  Create a unique username and password to sign in.

*Please note: Your account will only be activated once your payment is received and the course begins.

3. Login and begin the course

The Course Facilitator will grant you access to the course once your cohort becomes available. On the first day of the learning cohort you registered for, you will be able to log into the course and start the first lesson. You will have a four-month period from the first day of the learning cohort to complete it.

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