Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention Program

Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention Program

Offered in partnership with Canadore College


The Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention program is part time and will develop skills and knowledge of those seeking to work in the Human Service field or is presently working in a related field. Through the study of theory and research, students will gain skills related to counseling and addictions. Culturally relevant materials and methodologies are incorporated into the program. Students will also complete a practicum in which their skills will be implemented.

Delivery is designed for people working in the field and require accreditation.

Gain the skills and knowledge you need for employment in a variety of addictions settings through practical, hands-on learning. The curriculum is based on the holistic teachings of the Medicine Wheel, with a focus on the root causes of addiction within Indigenous communities. You will learn both cultural and mainstream approaches to addictions counselling. Traditional teachings will guide you through the physical, mental, social, cultural and spiritual elements of addiction as you learn vital assessment, intervention and recovery techniques for individuals, families, and groups. Training ranges from pharmacology to the dynamics of addiction to traditional methods including Sacred Circles, Teaching/Learning Circles, and the use of the four sacred medicines – tobacco, cedar, sage and sweet grass.

Download the IWAP Brochure.

The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or its equivalent is the basic requirement for admission to Sault College.

Applicants who do not possess and OSSD but who will be 19 years of age before the date of registration, and can demonstrate potential for success in college studies, may be admitted as mature applicants.

All of the credits offered are recognized by the Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology. A graduate of this program may transfer to the Community Mental Health Diploma program, Native Community Worker – Child & Family Worker or the Community Economic Development Worker programs with advanced standing.

Program of Study

Semester One

IWA112 Traditional Healing, Learning, and Teaching
IWA113 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counselling and Teaching
IWA114 Contemporary Challenges Facing Native Communities
IWA117 Introduction to Cultural Specific Helping
SSW100 History and Philosophy of Social Work
CMM125 College Communications

Semester Two
CLT100 Cultural Safety
CMM230 Workplace Communication
IWA200 Substance Abuse in Families and Native Communities
IWA204 Introduction to Community Development
IWA203 Methods: Using Traditional Hearing to Break the Cycle of Abuse
IWA206 Field Placement for Indigenous Wellness (2 week placement)
*Upon completion of the above, the following must be completed to receive your Diploma

Semester Three
HSP294 Community Placement Integration
HSP219 Group Work
MHA235 Pharmacology for MH&AW
IWA208 The Accountable IWAP Worker
IWA209 Evaluating Information

Semester Four
IWA210 Methods III: Relapse Prevention
MHA242 Concurrent Disorders
MHA244 The Legacy or Trauma
IWA215 Field Placement (8 weeks)