Mental Health and Addictions Worker Intensive (accelerated)

10 months Ontario College Diploma

Theoretical and practical training for working with diverse populations


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2024: College Drive – North Bay

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.

Semester 1

HSP105 Interviewing & Helping Skills I
HSP165 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
HSP170 Evaluating Information
MHA180 Introduction to Substance Use
MHA213 Interventions for Mental Health & Addictions I
MHA235 Pharmacology for Mental Health & Addiction Workers
MHA249  Cognitive Behaviour Techniques
MHA250  Trauma-Informed Relapse Prevention and Crisis Intervention

Semester 2

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

Semester 3

MHA246 Field Placement
MHA247 Fieldwork Integration

2023-24 10 months Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $4080.36 $1320.38 $53 - $5453.74

2023-24 10 months Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $21153.12 $1900.38 $53 - $23106.5

Mandatory Non-Academic Requirements for Placement:

Work-Integrated Learning (also called Placement, Field Placement, Practicum, Clinical Placement, etc.) provides students with rich and meaningful experiences wherein they have the opportunity to apply and extend the learning they gain from the classroom in real-word contexts. View placement requirements here.


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


Canadore College has implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to enhance your learning experience in and out of the classroom while ensuring flexibility in learning.

To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

You will also need:

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

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.

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

There are many options available to students who already have some postsecondary education.

Whether you are looking to study at Canadore from another school,  continue your education at Canadore, or looking to pursue further education elsewhere, we can help find the right path for you!

Whether you want to Transfer TO Canadore, Transfer WITHIN Canadore, or prepare to Transfer FROM Canadore, we've got you covered!

Learn more about Credit Transfer and Pathway opportunities here.