School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Mental Health and Addiction Worker

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Theoretical and practical training for working with diverse populations

Overview

Health professionals with training in mental health and addictions are highly sought after. Prepare for a  meaningful career in this in-demand field. You will train to work in mental health and addiction-specific settings, including a broad spectrum of social and health agencies. Learn in class and in the field, through simulation and group learning, under the skilled instruction of our professors. The College collaborates with agencies across the province and with local institutions for experiential and placement opportunities.

Your Future Career

  • Addiction treatment centres and prevention programs
  • Mental health facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Correctional facilities
  • Recovery or rehabilitation homes

What You Learn

  • Foundations of psychology and sociology
  • Crisis intervention
  • Recovery strategies and relapse prevention
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Dynamics of chemical dependency
  • Fundamentals of pharmacology

Additional Option: Mental Health and Addiction Worker Intensive (accelerated):

Prepare for frontline practice as a health professional in social and health agencies in this highly collaborative and experiential program.  Available to applicants with a University degree in a related field, and internal graduates from a related program (e.g., IWAP, CJS, SSW). Learn More 

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent accepted English language proficiency test to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. Notwithstanding the above, the English proficiency standards required to obtain Study Permits and Temporary Resident Visas from Canadian Embassies vary around the world. The higher English language proficiency standard will apply.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

CMM125 College Communication
MHA180 Introduction to Substance Use
HSP105 Interviewing & Helping Skills I
HSP150 Multiculturalism in Canada
HSP165 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
PSY200 Lifespan Development
SOC100 Foundations of Sociology

Semester 2

CMM230 Workplace Communications
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples*
HUM219 Group Work
MHA213 Interventions for Mental Health & Addictions I
HSP160 Interviewing & Helping Skills II
HSP104 Human Service and the Law
MHA113 Older Persons' Mental Health
MHA123 Children and Youth Mental Health

Semester 3

HSP170 Evaluating Information
MHA294 Fieldwork Preparation
MHA235 Pharmacology for Mental Health & Addiction Workers
MHA249 Cognitive Behaviour Techniques
MHA223 Interventions for Mental Health and Addictions II
MHA241 Relapse Prevention and Wellness (7weeks)
MHA236 Crisis Intervention (7weeks)
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 4

MHA247 Fieldwork Integration
MHA246 Field Placement

2019-2020 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1046.72 - 1186.72 $30 - $3936.96
2 $2720.24 $911.72 - 1051.72 - - $3771.96

2019-2020 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $12422.97 $1696.72 - 1773.72 $30 - $14226.69
2 $12422.97 $1561.72 - 1638.72 - - $14061.69

Ontario College Diploma

Students are eligible to pursue certification as a Canadian Certified Addiction Counselor (CCAC). 

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Community and Justice Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Social Service Worker - 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete
  • Youth at Risk - 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?


Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139
Micheline.Demers@canadorecollege.ca