About this program

Start Date

September 2024



Program Length

Two years



Ontario College Diploma

Canadore College

About the program

Prepare for frontline practice as a mental 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 program themes include trauma-informed practice and concurrent disorders. In-class training is followed by a 378-hour community placement.

Semester 1

CMM125 College Communications
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
GED100 Environmental Citizenship

Semester 2

CMM230 Workplace Communications
CLT100 Canada’s First People
HUM219 Group Work
MHA213 Interventions for Mental Health & Addictions
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
HSP294 Field Preparation
MHA235 Pharmacology for Mental Health & Addictions
MHA249 Cognitive Behavior Techniques
MHA223 Interventions for Mental Health and Addictions
MHA241 Relapse Prevention and Wellness – 7 weeks
MHA236 Crisis Intervention – 7 weeks
GED135 Personal Success

Semester 4

MHA247 Fieldwork Integration
MHA246 Field Placement


Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and ENG4C/ENG4U, equivalent, or mature student test.

Are you missing program prerequisites?

Are you missing prerequisites for a program? We can help! SGEI offers common prerequisite courses during the summer, or we can arrange for you to complete a test to enter the program. All you have to do is apply, and we will be in touch with you.


  • Tuition (Year 1): $3851.50
  • Tuition (Year 2): $3439.24
  • Textbooks: $2549

Funding opportunities

If you need assistance funding your education, visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about bursaries, grants, OSAP and more.

Meet your coordinator(s)

Our dedicated program coordinators are here to help you succeed, both in and out of the classroom.

Rhonda Miller

Kenora campus
(807) 468-3096

Have questions? Connect with a coordinator!

Have questions about this program? Contact a coordinator directly or submit your question(s) below and a program coordinator will reach out to you.

Where you might work

Graduates can expect to work in:

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


I enjoy the small, more intimate class sizes. I personally think it allows for a better learning experience and a more thorough delivery of the content we are learning. With a smaller class size, we are able to have frequent discussions and a space to feel comfortable asking questions.
Tianna Masotti
SGEI Student

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