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Mike Hughes, McMaster University Continuing Education Addiction Education graduate Mike Hughes, McMaster University Continuing Education Addiction Education graduate

Addiction Education

Bridging the gap between theory
and practice.

Applications for this program are no longer being accepted.
Please see new program: Professional Addiction Studies

*Please note: the Addiction Careworker Diploma and Addiction Studies Certificate programs are now closed and applications are no longer being accepted. If you are currently enrolled in either of these programs, you will have until August 31, 2019 to complete outstanding courses. 

As a result, a new program called Professional Addiction Studies (Certificate and Diploma) will launch in Fall 2018.

For more information about the program closure and timelines, please visit the Program Closure Information page. 

Addiction Education Program

For over twenty-five years McMaster has offered a comprehensive education in addiction studies to social service and health science professionals, and to those aspiring to begin a career in these fields.

This is one of Canada's leading programs on addiction and substance abuse treatment.   

Winner - National Award of Continuing Education Excellence

Objectives of the Addiction Education Program

The Addiction Education programs were developed in partnership with the Faculty of Social Sciences to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills for working with people with addictions of various types.

Courses are designed to help you:

  • Understand addictions and approaches to intervention, including assessment, treatment, relapse prevention, case management and self-help
  • Develop or enhance individual and group counselling techniques
  • Explore specific needs of individuals and groups including, women, youth, the elderly, adult children of alcoholics, people with concurrent disorders, and people with gambling problems.

This program requires a formal application.

Who should take McMaster CCE's Addiction Education program?

  • Addiction and mental health workers
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors and social workers
  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Health and social service professionals
  • Anyone aspiring to enter the above fields

Program delivery format

  • Flexible course load - take as many or as few as you wish at once
  • Online (self-study) and in-class delivery in Hamilton, Ontario (near Toronto)
  • Monthly start dates for distance courses
  • Applications accepted throughout the year
  • On-site contract training


McMaster's online course management system is called Avenue to Learn. If any portion of your course will be delivered or available online through Avenue to Learn, we will notify you.

Please contact CCE for consultation to help determine if this program is right for you. 


Students have until August 31, 2019 to complete their courses. Applications are no longer open.