School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Mental Health and Addiction Worker

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Counsellors with training in mental health and addictions are highly sought-after.


This program will prepare you for employment in this meaningful, 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, in the field and through independent learning under the skilled instruction of our professors. The College collaborates with agencies across the province and has strong partnerships with local institutions.

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

Semester 1

CMM 125 College Communication
MHA 180 Introduction to Substance Abuse
HSP 105 Interviewing and Helping Skills I
HSP 150 Multiculturalism in Canada
PSY 200 Lifespan Development
SOC 100 Foundations of Sociology
SSW 100 History and Philosophy of Social Work
HSP 194 Introduction to the Helping Profession

Semester 2

CMM 230 Workplace Communications
HSP 104 Human Service and the Law
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples
HSP 160 Interviewing and Helping Skills II
HSP 165 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
HUM 219 Group Work
GENED General Education Elective - Online
HSP 155 Family Dyamics

Semester 3

HSP 170 Evaluating Information
HSP 294 Fieldwork Prep
GENED General Education Elective - Online
MHA 232 Recovery Strategies for Substance Use
MHA 233 Recovery Strategies for Mental Health
HSP 290 Crisis Intervention
MHA 235 Pharmacology for Mental Health and Addiction Workers

Semester 4

MHA 241 Relapse Prevention and Wellness
MHA 242 Concurrent Disorders
MHA 243 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
MHA 244 The Legacy of Trauma
HMA 245 The Accountable Professional
HMA 246 Field Placement (8 week block)
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 2849.02 $1055 - - $3904.02
2 2849.02 $1010 - - $3859.02

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 

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You will also need:

  • First Aid / CPR (2nd year) - apx. $80.00
  • CPIC / CBC (2nd year) - apx. $40.00
  • Business Casual Clothing - up to $100.00
Ontario College Diploma

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
  • Environmental Management – 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:

Jennifer Sutton – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139