MHAW101 – Understanding Substance Abuse


Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 or OSSD Equivalent
  • Mature Student with Wonderlic SLE min. cut score minimum 14 on test
  • Bring your own device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets specifications outlined by your program
  • Textbook: Concepts of Chemical Dependency, 10th Edition 2019 Nelson Publishing; Substance Abuse Counseling, 6th Edition Nelson Publishing 2019

Delivery Mode: Online

Course Fees: $485.00 (with eTextbook)
Other Compulsory Fees: Inclusive
Additional Cost: Textbook $175.00 (Hard Copy)
Course Hours: 60 Hours
Course Intake: Every Monday
Department: PT – Continuing Education


In this subject, students will explore a spectrum of substance use disorders and the compounds commonly misused. Topics include: anabolic steroids, inhalants, infectious diseases associated with substance misuse, and the medical marijuana debate. Students will also learn about synthetic drugs; preferred language in referring to those who struggle with substance use disorders as well as substance use and misuse in older adults.


North Bay Campus or Online –

Knowledge Competencies
Describes and applies background or contextual knowledge of substance use required to properly inform more specific aspects of a professional’s work with clients and their families.

Explains what substance use is. Student should be able to delineate between use, misuse, and abuse as well as habituation , dependency, and addiction.

Describes the types of illicit drugs, tobacco, and legal medications often used improperly or illegally and cite the street names.

Explains the many factors that have an impact of both the substance abuse client and the client’s family; included in this section I think there should be recognition of the impact on the abuser’s social and work life, identify the key factors including stigma, background of family violence and cultural-historical factors.

Explains how mental illness and mental health issues affect the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance abuse.

Explains the kinds of mental illnesses or mental health issues often experienced by clients with concurrent disorders.

Explains the concepts for harm reduction approaches.