Mental Health and Addictions Worker Intensive (accelerated)

10 months Ontario College Diploma

Theoretical and practical training for working with diverse populations

Overview

Prepare for frontline practice as a health professional in social and health agencies in this highly collaborative and experiential program. Specific topics include interviewing and counselling, crisis intervention, and recovery strategies. Main themes include trauma-informed practice and concurrent disorders. In-class training is followed by a 420-hour community placement. 

Available for applicants with a University degree in a related field, and internal graduates from a related program (e.g., Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention, Community and Justice Services, Social Service Worker).

Available for applicants with a University degree in a related field, and internal graduates from a related program (e.g., IWAP, CJS, SSW).

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

MHA180 Introduction to Substance Use
HSP105 Interviewing & Helping Skills I
MHA235 Pharmacology for Mental Health & Addictions
HSP165 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
MHA249 Cognitive Behaviour Techniques
HSP170 Evaluating Information
MHA241 Relapse Prevention and Wellness (7 weeks)
MHA236 Crisis Intervention (7 weeks)
MHA213 Interventions for Mental Health & Addictions

Semester 2

HSP160 Interviewing & Helping Skills II
MHA294 Fieldwork Preparation
MHA223 Interventions for Mental Health and Addictions
MHA113 Older Persons' Mental Health
MHA123 Children and Youth Mental Health
HSP104 Human Service and the Law
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples
HUM219 Group Work

Semester 3

MHA247 Fieldwork Integration
MHA246 Field Placement

Ancillary fees have been reviewed as a result of COVID-19 and alternative service and program delivery plans. For current ancillary fees details please see https://www.canadorecollege.ca/get-started/money/fees-and-expenses

2020-2021 10 months Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $4080.36 $1234.09 $30 - $5344.45

2020-2021 10 months Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $19193.49 $1808.09 $30 - $21031.58

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


You will also need:

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

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.


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 https://www.canadorecollege.ca/BYOD

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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