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Treatment Workforce Competencies

​​​​​The CCSA Competencies for the substance use and addictions workforce in Canada are currently being reviewed. You can still access the 2014 version through requesting a CD or through using the links on the right to access the PDF documents.

Whether you have accessed this resource before or not, we are interested in learning about your needs in the area of substance use and addictions workforce competencies, your experiences if you have used or adapted the CCSA Competencies, and any suggestions you have for developing resources on this topic.

​For one free CD of Competencies for Canada’s Substance Abuse Workforce, or for any enquiries about the update process, please email

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 2014 version of the Competencies for Canada's Substance Abuse Workforce:

  • Is a collection of resources, developed for organizations and individuals who provide services such as health promotion, support and outreach, counselling and withdrawal management;

  • Provides supports, such as interview and performance management guides and application tools; and

  • Serves 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.

CCSA extends permission to organizations that wish to reproduce, modify, translate or adapt the tools and questions in the Competencies. All adaptation must acknowledge CCSA and the Competencies for Canada’s Substance Abuse Workforce as their source. Please use the copyright permission form​ to tell us about your adaptation and provide us a copy of it. Your adaptation will inform future revisions of the Competencies.​