Your Career

Careers opportunities may include Addictions treatment centres, Community prevention programs, Young offender residential centres, and Family resource centres.

Program Information

OCAS Program Code: N/A (Register through Admissions)
Campus: OSHKI
Credential Awarded: Ontario College Diploma
Awarding Institution: OSHKI / Canadore College
Program Length: 5 Semesters
Start Date: January 2019*

*start dates are subject to change

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

1. Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) with courses from the College (C) , University (U), University/College (U/C) or Open (O) preparation levels. Required Courses: Grade 12 College or University preparation English, Grade 11 College preparation Mathematics.

2. Or appropriate credits for the Academic and Career Entrance Program (ACE).

3. Mature Student Status - to be eligible for Mature Student status, an applicant must be a minimum of 19 years of age, be out of school for one year and successfully complete the prescribed Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT).

Application Selection

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention program delivered by Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education & Training Institute. As part of the admissions process each applicant must submit the following:

1. An Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Program Application Form.

2. Official transcript(s) from the last institution attended.

3. Proof of post-secondary sponsorship in the form of a written letter which states the name of the student, the program of study and the duration of sponsorship.

Program Description

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.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee for the 2016-2017 academic year will be announced at a later date, due to tuition changes on a yearly basis.



IWA 112 Traditional Healing, Learning, and Teaching

IWA 113 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counselling and Teaching

IWA 114 Contemporary Challenges Facing Native Communities

IWA 117 Introduction to Cultural Specific Helping

SSW 100 History and Philosophy of Social Work

CMM 125 College Communications


CMM 230 Workplace Communications

IWA 200 Substance Abuse in Families and Native Communities

IWA 204 Introduction to Community Development

IWA 203 Methods - Using Traditional Healing to Break the Cycle of Abuse

IWA 212 Indigenous Languages in the Modern Context


HSP 294 Placement Preparation

MHA 235 Pharmacology for Mental Health and Addiction Worker

IWA 207 Methods II - Recovery Strategies

IWA 208 The Accountable Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention Worker

IWA 209 Evaluating Information


IWA 210 Methods III - Relapse Prevention

IWA 215 Field Placement A (4 week - 37.5 hrs/wk)

IWA 215 Concurrent Disorders


GEN ED General Education Elective

MHA 244 The Legacy of Trauma

IWA 215 Field Placement B (4 week - 37.5 hrs/wk)

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