Mental Health and Addiction Worker Diploma Program

Mental Health and Addiction Worker Diploma Program

Program Overview

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.

What You Learn:

  • Foundations of psychology and sociology
  • Crisis intervention
  • Recovery strategies and relapse prevention
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Dynamics of chemical dependency
  • Fundamentals of pharmacology

Career Opportunities:

  • Addiction treatment centres and prevention programs
  • Mental health facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Correctional facilities
  • Recovery or rehabilitation homes

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Program of Study:

Semester One
CMM125 College Communication
DAC180 Introduction to Substance Abuse
HSP105 Interviewing I
HSP150 Multiculturalism in Canada
PSY 200 Growth and Development
SOC100 Foundations of Sociology
SSW100 History and Philosophy of Social Work
HSP194 Introduction to the Helping Profession

Semester Two
CMM230 Workplace Communications
HSP104 Human Service and the Law
CLT100 Canada’s First Peoples
HSP160 Interviewing II
HSP165 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
HUM219 Group Work
GENED General Education Elective – Online
HSP155 Family Dynamics

Semester Three
HSP170 Evaluating Information
HSP294 Placement Prep
GENED General Education Elective – Online
MHA232 Recovery Strategies for Addiction
MHA233 Recovery Strategies for Mental Health
MHA234 Crisis Intervention
MHA235 Pharmacology for Mental Health and Addiction Workers

Semester Four (15wks; 7wks classes / 8wks placement):
MHA241 Relapse Prevention and Wellness
MHA242 Concurrent Disorders
MHA243 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
MHA244 The Legacy of Trauma
MHA245 The Accountable Professional
MHA246 Field Placement (8 wk block)

Other Requirements:

If you have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which you have not been pardoned, you may be ineligible for field placement. A current police background check and/or vulnerable sector screen may be required and can be obtained from the police department upon payment of a fee; all associated costs will be the responsibility of the student. Students may require a Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate to be eligible for some field placements. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

Offered in Partnership with Canadore College