The Certified Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Worker (CIWAW) certification is an entry level certification, for practitioners who are working with addicted individuals and their families,
Certified Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Workers offer culture-based approaches to treatment. They must demonstrate an awareness of a large range of needs pertaining to mental wellness, age, gender, substance(s) of use and abuse, to co-morbidity issues, language and culture, and must be able to provide sensitive responses to these needs. The approach to treatment may involve the use of medications, behavioral therapy (such as individual or group counselling, cognitive behavioral therapy), or a range of culturally-based activities.
The Certified Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Worker credential opens the way to the different levels of certification as a specialist. Those who hold a CIWAW certification can move up toward these higher levels as they progressively acquire the experience, knowledge, skills and professional integrity these credentials require.
It is also important to recognize the special competencies required to intervene in the area of tobacco addiction and other behavior/processes. Over time, ICBOC will develop professional certifications suited to workers in these areas.
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