Competencies for Canada’s Substance Abuse Workforce

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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Workforce competencies are technical and behavioural skills that enhance the performance of addictions professionals, allowing them to better meet the needs of their clients. The Competencies for Canada's Substance Abuse Workforce is a practical collection of resources, developed for organizations and individuals who provide services such as health promotion, support and outreach, counselling and withdrawal management.

​​The Competencies provide practical supports, such as interview and performance management guides and application tools, which organizations and individuals can begin using immediately. The Competencies can also serve as a self-evaluation tool, allowing professionals to assess themselves against the Competencies and determine the areas where they would like to increase their skills.

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