The Competencies for Canada's Substance Abuse Workforce is a supportive resource that:
- Identifies the technical and behavioural abilities (specific and measurable skills,
knowledge, attitudes and values) required to perform optimally in the substance
abuse field; and
- Provides supporting tools, such as interview and performance management guides
as well as application tools, to enable organizations and individuals to quickly adopt
and apply the competencies in their work settings.
Together, these tools can help facilitate the creation of learning and development strategies
for staff and support the hiring and retention of skilled people. This resource applies directly
to those working in health promotion, support and outreach, counselling, withdrawal
management, supervision, administration and senior management. It is also relevant
to allied professionals interacting with individuals who have substance abuse issues.
Competencies Impact Videos
Check out CCSA's Competencies videos (below) to learn more about how people across
Canada are using this practical and user-friendly resource to find, hire and develop people
with the right skillsets for their organization.
Competencies Overview tool
Improving the Hiring Process
Interview Guide and Tools
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Performance Management and Professional Development
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Competencies in Education
Competencies Implementation Checklist
The Competencies Implementation Checklist is a web-based resource specifically developed
to help individuals and organizations plan and prepare to integrate CCSA's Competencies
into their organization's policy and practice. The Competencies can be used in several ways:
- A complete, ready–to-use resource: A step-by-step guide on how to use the
Competencies in your organization and work.
- A self-check comparison built on an evidence-based competency model that allows
people and organizations to assess and/or build on existing policies and initiatives,
- A competency capacity-building tool within organizations and communities to further
develop the substance abuse workforce.
Learn more about integrating the Competencies into your work!
The Competencies for Canada's Substance Abuse Workforce
Due to its size, the document has been posted in sections to facilitate ease of access for
digital viewing and download. To read the Competencies for Canada's Substance Abuse Workforce, please refer to the table of contents below.
If you have any questions or comments or would like to request one (1) print copy
(which also includes a copy on CD-ROM), please send your name, position, title,
organization, postal address (street address, city, province and postal code), telephone
and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like multiple print copies, please download and complete the Request
for Multiple Printed Copies form. Please note: A fee will be charged (ranging in price
from $30–40 each, depending on quantity ordered; this fee covers printing and
distribution costs only.
Competencies: Report in Short
The Competencies Report in Short provides a brief overview of the project.
Report in Short