Promoting Healthy Relationships and Supportive Environments


Understanding Addiction is an online learning program that seeks to equip non-specialist workers and volunteers with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to confidently help people who face challenges with substance use and addiction. The goal of this course is to ensure that anyone in a “helping role” will be able to foster healthy relationships and build supportive environments.

Participants will engage in eight interactive online lessons that feature opportunities for personal reflection, downloadable resources, and a facilitated forum. They will learn about topics such as: the factors behind addiction and control, the dynamics involved in helping people change their behaviour, and what to do in difficult situations. Participants will also have opportunities to practice skills that enhance client engagement while promoting safety.

This program has been developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division (CMHA BC) in partnership with BC Non-Profit Housing Association, BC Government and Service Employees' Union, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (University of Victoria), 7th Floor Media (Simon Fraser University) and Walden Media Group. CMHA BC exists to promote the mental health of British Columbians and support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

Course Registration

Understanding Addiction is $100 + GST per person. To sign up for the course, please follow these three steps:

1. October 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019 

For more information, contact: [email protected] 

2. Create an account

Once your payment has been processed, you will be re-directed to create an account. Please use your E-MAIL ADDRESS as your Username and create a unique password to sign in.  

*NOTE: Your account will only be activated once payment is received, the cohort begins, and your Username reflects your e-mail address.

3. Login and begin the course

The Course Facilitator will grant you access to the course once your cohort becomes available. On the first day of the learning cohort you registered for, you will be able to log into the course and start the first lesson. You will have 14 weeks from the first day of the learning cohort to complete it.

For more information, please click on Request Information below:

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