Canadian Indigenous Addiction Counsellor
Experience or practice with a First Nations community in substance use disorders in each of the 12 core functions areas, can be made up of the following:
· Paid work experience
· Experience acquired by means of a supervised practicum/ internship, undertaken as part of a program of study.
· Proven experience as a volunteer in a Wellness/ Addiction Organization
The applicant should have documented hours of education at the post secondary or training level in the following:
Addiction specific topics
- Introduction to Addictions
- Dynamics of Addictions
- Human Development
- Addiction Interventions
- Self, Health and Wellness
- Ethics / Cultural Values
Addiction – related topics
- Mental Health
- Inter generational Trauma
- Indigenous and Western Therapies
- Group Therapy
- Philosophies and theories of Aboriginal Healing
- Trauma treatment
- Relapse prevention
- Drugs / Substances
- Self – care
- Concurrent Disorders
Twelve core functions
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Treatment Planning
- Counselling: Individual, Group and Significant Other
- Case Management
- Client Education
- Reports and Record Keeping
- Crisis Intervention
- Orientation Case Management
- Consultation with Other Professionals
General Skills and Knowledge
- Group Facilitation
- Interviewing Techniques
- Conflict Resolution / Management
Supervised Clinical Training
Applicant requires supervised training during their experience hours. Practicum is optional, but the hours can be counted as hours of work experience
Cultural competencies are required:
1. Ability to respect, implement and incorporate First Nations/Métis/Inuit culture, beliefs, values and traditions in treatment, including separate and combined sweat ceremonies, coming of age ceremonies and all other cultural/ spiritual ceremonies.
2. Ability to support and assist client participation in traditional and cultural aspects of spiritual recovery.
Having met the basic requirements, the candidate must:
1. Have an active CACCF membership. If you don’t have one, the membership application Is available on our website at www.caccf.ca or we can send you a paper one if you require.
2. Submit an application that outlines work experience, education, supervised clinical training, a signed Canon of Ethics, and the applicable administrative fee.
This certification must be re-certified every 2 years by submitting proof of 40 CACCF approved continuing education hours.