School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Mental Health and Addiction Worker

2 years Ontario College Diploma

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.

This program has a field placement component.

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

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

CMM 125 College Communication
MHA 180 Introduction to Substance Use
HSP 105 Interviewing and Helping Skills I
HSP 150 Multiculturalism in Canada
HSP 165 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
PSY 200 Lifespan Development
SOC 100 Foundations of Sociology
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 2

CMM 230 Workplace Communications
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples
HUM 219 Group Work
MHA 213 Interventions for Mental Health and Addictions
HSP 160 Interviewing and Helping Skills II
HSP 104 Human Service and the Law
MHA 113 Older Persons' Mental Health
MHA 123 Children and Youth Mental Health

Semester 3

HSP 170 Evaluating Information
HSP 294 Fieldwork Preparation
MHA 235 Pharmacology for Mental Health and Addictions
MHA 249 Cognitive Behaviour Techniques
MHA 223 Interventions for Mental Health and Addictions II
MHA 241 Relapse Prevention and Wellness (7 wks)
MHA 236 Crisis Intervention (7 wks)
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 4

MHA 247 Fieldwork Integration
MHA 246 Field Placement

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

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications - 1 year to complete
  • Community and Justice Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 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