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Portage invests further in staff training

Montreal, February 11, 2014 – In an effort to continually improve the quality of its drug rehabilition services, Portage has developed a partnership with the Université de Sherbrooke to provide clinical staff members with direct access to the university’s substance abuse counselling certificate program. All Portage employees in Québec who did not already have an equivalent university training can now add this certificate to their list of qualifications.

Quick Facts
•    The Université de Sherbrooke’s two and a half year continuing education program is being offered on weekends at the Portage rehabilitation centre in Prévost, as well as online, to make it easier for Portage employees to access the classes.
•    35 Portage employees from the Portage centres in Prévost, Québec City, Saint-Malachie, and the Mother and Child Centre in Montréal are currenly participating in the program.

“My experience having done a rehabilitation program at Portage myself many years ago enables me to profoundly understand what the residents are going through, and empowers me to be able to help them overcome their substance abuse issues,” states Danielle Des Marais, participant in the program and Portage employee. “The Université de Sherbrooke’s training program is a great back-to-basics for me, allowing me to update my knowledge and skills. I’m really happy to have the opportunity to participate in this program, which focuses on both the theoretical and the practical aspects of substance abuse counselling, from a preventative point of view.”

“Portage employees are well-known for the quality of their work, their empathy, and their professionalism,” states Peter A. Howlett, President of Portage. “In the interest of continuous improvement, Portage encourages clinical employees to constantly further their knowledge and training to keep themselves up to date with the best therapeutic practices.”

“The Université de Sherbrooke is very pleased with this partnership with Portage,” states Lise Roy, Director of Substance Abuse Studies at the Université de Sherbrooke. “Our certificate is designed for this type clientele, which works directly with people in need of substance abuse counselling. The field experience that this Portage team posseses is enabling us to enrich our training program and it adds to the learning process, as the concepts and techniques can be applied directly to the students’ everyday experiences at Portage.”

Related Links

•    About Portage
•    About the Université de Sherbrooke’s substance abuse counselling certificate program
•    About the Université de Sherbrooke’s substance abuse study and research programs