While counselors are stuck in an office, support workers are often more mobile and can help a client attend to the tasks that will support their stability.
Victoria, BC (Vocus) September 26, 2009
British Columbia is struggling to provide support for addicted and mentally ill citizens in the province. As the number of homeless addicts and mentally ill people in BC grows, the need for trained social service professionals has never been greater.
In 2008, the BC health ministry commissioned a report that estimated there were 8,000 to 15,500 homeless adults who suffered from serious addiction or mental illness. Even more addicted and mentally ill residents of BC were inadequately housed, with an estimated 40,000 living in poverty. Social services professionals fear that without the proper support, these people will never get back on their feet.
"Addictions and support workers help reduce homelessness by helping clients maintain their stability," says Birgit Schinke, a support worker and college instructor in BC. "While counselors are stuck in an office, support workers are often more mobile and can help a client attend to the tasks that will support their stability."
For those looking to enter the field of Addictions and Support work, a certain level of caring and compassion are required.
"Like all professions, not everyone is suited to this field," said Addictions professional, Jereme Brooks. "The people that I’ve worked well with and have seen excel in this industry have a good sense of self, strong character, good foundational values and a sense of humor. These people also present a strong sense of loyalty and commitment; they have a sense of empathy towards people and feel a genuine desire to be of service to others."
Graduates from a certified Addictions and Community Services Worker program may find employment in a range of social service settings including child and youth services, family social service agencies, rehabilitation clinics, group homes, correctional facilities and mental health centers.
UCW Academy of Health is now accepting applications for fall and winter enrollments in the Addictions and Community Services Worker diploma program. For more information, visit http://www.academyofhealth.ca.
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