Mental Health and Addiction Worker

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Theoretical and practical training for working with diverse populations


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2023, College Drive – North Bay

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.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

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
MHA250 Trauma-Informed Relapse Prevention and Crisis Intervention
GENED General Education Elective - Online (MHA Sem 3)

Semester 4

MHA247 Fieldwork Integration
MHA246 Field Placement

2022-23 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1290.98 $30 - $4041.22
2 $2720.24 $1140.98 - - $3861.22

2022-23 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $14102.08 $1870.98 $30 - $16003.06
2 $14102.08 $1720.98 - - $15823.06

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

Recommended Certifications Available:

  • First Aid / CPR (2nd year) - apx. $80.00
  • CPIC / CBC (2nd year) - apx. $40.00
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) - apx. $20.00 - $45.00
  • Gentle Persuasive Approach - apx. $50.00
  • safeTALK - apx. $50.00
  • ASIST - apx. $150.00
  • Mental Health First Aid - apx. $50.00
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention - apx. $50.00

Students are encouraged to obtain these certifications alongside their diploma. Besides, GPA and NVCI, these certifications are not included in your tuition, as per Ministry guidelines. The costs outlined are estimates based on previous offerings.

You will also need:

  • Business Casual Clothing - up to $100.00
  • Clearance Card - $35.00

Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

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.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

View course outlines

Business Management – 8 months to complete
Community and Justice Services – 8 months to complete
Human Resources Management – 8 months to complete
Project Management – Information Technology – 8 months to complete
Recreation and Leisure Services (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Recreation Therapy (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Social Service Worker (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Strength and Sport Conditioning (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete

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