March 2010 Press Release

THE FIRST NATIONS WELLNESS AND ADDICTIONS COUNSELLOR CERTIFICATION BOARD AND THE NICOLA VALLEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY: UPHOLDING A COMMON COMMITMENT TO ABORIGINAL CULTURES AND TRADITIONS

Vancouver, March 15, 2010 – After a rigorous examination of the program objectives, course content, and teaching methodology, the Education Council of the Nicola Valley institute of Technology has vetted the courses for the chemical Addiction Worker Certificate developed by Patrick Paul and Marie Anderson in consultation with addictions specialists, including representatives of the Association of BC First Nations Treatment Programs and the First Nations Wellness Addictions Counsellor Certification Board.

As a condition, the motion includes the following condition: “NVIT requires that applicants accepted into the Chemical Addictions Studies Certificate Program adhere to the FNWACCB Code of Ethics and may be required to withdraw from school for violating these provision”.

Thanks to the affiliation agreement forged by Marie Anderson, Executive Director of Hey-Way-Nuq’ Healing Circle for Addictions Society with NVIT, the certified Addictions counselling program at NVIT now offers a Chemical Addictions Worker Certificate and a Chemical Addictions Worker Certificate Diploma. Marie was the first to develop culture-based, affective Education training programs in BC in the filed of Addictions counselling.

Patrick Paul, an internationally recognized educator, facilitator, program designer, and developer, is working with Verna and Marie Anderson to develop third year courses that will , upon approval by NVIT lead to a master’s program. Patrick played a leading role in the establishment, 1972, of the first Native American Addiction Counsellor Certification Board: the Northwest Indian Alcohol/Drug Specialist Certification Board, and developed FNWACCB’s Certification Standards and Procedures manual.

These courses, offered tuition free until August 31, 2010, offer the core skills and meet the criteria required for First Nations Wellness Addictions Counsellor Certification, and includes Aboriginal specific content. The program offers 6-day training sessions throughout the education year at the NVIT Vancouver Campus. The courses can be joined in any module or taken singularly. There is continuous enrolment for each module offering. The main instructor is Patrick Paul MA.

The credits are 100 and 200 level courses and are transferable to any university in BC. In addition, as NVIT has the capacity to provide certified custom courses throughout Canada, the Chemical Addictions Worker Certificate and Diploma are recognised in other provinces. The first and second year of the Chemical Addictions Worker Program can ladder into the Social Work degree program in partnership with Thompson Rivers University. Students who have some post-secondary credits may be able to complete incomplete programs.

The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is a unique First Nations governed public post-secondary institution, with educational programs reflective of Aboriginal Perspectives, values and beliefs. Elders are on Campus to guide and support Staff and Students. The majority of its staff is Aboriginal. NVIT has knowledge and expertise relative to Aboriginal issues, local, national, international, historic and contemporary. It has the ability to deliver programs in communities and offer a learning and work environment that allows for the free expression and practice of Aboriginal values and ways.

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