Addiction and Substance Use: Foundations and Approaches

Level One Core QoC Workshop



Monday, April 8, 2024 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST


Sisson Room
Peterborough Lions Community Centre
347 Burnham Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 1T5

Course Description

This workshop will cover information on addiction and substance use, including viewing substance use on a continuum, the self-medication hypothesis, substance use effects, how people make change, abstinence and harm reduction approaches, treatment options in Ontario, recovery concepts, and friends and family work. This course will cover core principles and practices that will enhance what you already know.

Please note that this workshop was previously titled Understanding Substance Use.

Learning Objectives

  • Strengthen and build upon your knowledge of addiction concepts.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of substance use.
  • Explore work through a concurrent disorder lens.
  • Consider lived experience perspectives.
  • Collaborate across disciplines and sectors.

Participant Testimonials

“A fantastic program.”

“As someone with a social work background but not much experience working with substance use, things were still taught and discussed in a clear way, and I was able to gain so much knowledge and understanding from this course.”

“Good mix between lecture and interaction with other participants.”


  • Early Bird Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $69.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $89.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Participants Outside of Peterborough: $109.00*

*Plus Eventbrite’s fee.


Who should attend this workshop?
This workshop is designed specifically for helping professionals. We define “helping professional” as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service.

How many people can attend?
Registration for this workshop has been capped at 35 participants.

What precautions will be in place regarding COVID-19?
Details on COVID precautions will be sent to registrants one week before the workshop. While we hope to be able to run this session, we may have to change or cancel it if new restrictions or issues come up.

Will food be provided?
Coffee, tea, and light snacks are included. Lunch will not be provided. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the Lions Centre. Please feel free to contact us for recommendations.

Is the venue accessible?
The Lions Centre is wheelchair accessible (lift and washroom facilities) and climate-controlled.

Is there parking?
There are 40 private parking spots and an overflow area, but come early as spaces can fill up fast! Street parking is also available.

What is a level one core QoC workshop?
This refers to a workshop that is a part of QoC’s core curriculum and is offered at a more basic, 101 level, though it can be beneficial to anyone regardless of their experience.

Will I receive a certificate for attending?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after participating in the workshop and filling out a post-course evaluation.

What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the workshop. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. If we must cancel the workshop, you will receive a full refund. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this workshop has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Additionally, local participants can contact us to apply for a bursary.

More Info



Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Sisson Room
347 Burnham Street, Peterborough, ON K9H 1T5


  • Jennifer Johnston

    Jennifer Johnston has been drawn to the social work profession for as long as she can remember. She worked with at-risk and exploited youth in various youth centres and camps for inner-city teens beginning in her early high school days.

    After graduating with a Bachelors and Masters of Social Work, Jenn went on to work with children and families for many years within the child welfare system. She has also worked exclusively with survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, as well as those with lived experience in the sex trade through individual and group therapy modalities. Volunteering with Victim Services and facilitating classes at the Lindsay Correctional Facility has allowed her to work with a diverse population and led her to develop skills with a trauma-informed lens.

    In more recent years, as family lifestyle has lent itself, she has pursued her dream of counselling in a private practice, which currently occupies the majority of her clinical time. You may also find her at Fleming College in the Social Service Worker and Mental Health & Addictions Program teaching young adults and mature students who share similar passions.

    Jenn has four busy kids, as well as three stepchildren that keep her social work skills honed and humbled as well.

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