Addiction Education

Bridging the gap between theory
and practice.

New! Pilot Instructor-led Online Course ADD 827 Intro to Addictions available this winter

Winner - National Award of Continuing Education Excellence  

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. 

Program objectives

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; and,
  • 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 the Addiction Education program

  • addiction and mental health workers;
  • nurses;
  • counsellors and social workers;
  • law enforcement professionals;
  • health and social service professionals; or,
  • 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; and,
  • 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.

Learn more about our program. Watch a recording of our recent program preview.


Application Information

Upcoming Courses


  • ADD 828 Problem Management Skills for Helpers
    (Sat & Sun Mar 25, 26, Apr 8,9)
  • ADD 803 The Whole Person
    April 29,30, May 13,14
  • ADD 874 Pharmacology and Drug Abuse
    June 3,4,17,18


  • NEW! Pilot Instructor-led
    ADD 827 Introduction to Addictions available online
    (May 8 - July 30)

Start at your convenience! All online (self-study) courses begin on the 1st of the month. Online courses run for four to six months with assignment deadlines throughout.