Mental Health and Addiction Worker

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Program at a glance

Program code: 
Ontario College Diploma
Length of study: 
2 years
Study options: 
Campus location: 
College Drive

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.

This program has a field placement component.

Dual diploma option! Get two diplomas in three years in Social Service Worker and Community Justice Services.


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Career Opportunities

  • 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

Notes: Applicants who have graduated with an accredited Ontario Community College Human Service Diploma or from a University with a degree in human service-related fields may be considered for advanced standing into the second year of the program following discussion with and approval of the coordinator of the program.

Admission Requirements: 

Program Prerequisites

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U


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.


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Semester One - Fall :

CMM125 College Communication

DAC180 Substance Abuse I

HSP105 Interviewing I

HSP150 Multiculturalism in Canada

PSY200 Growth and Development

SOC100 Foundations of Sociology

SSW100 History and Philosophy of Social Work

HSP194 Introduction to the Helping Profession

Semester Two - Winter:

CMM230 Workplace Communications

HSP104 Human Service and the Law

CLT100Canada's First Peoples*

HSP160 Interviewing II

HSP165Mental Health Across the Lifespan

HUM219Group Work

XXXGenEd Elective

HSP155Family Dynamics

Semester Three - Fall:

HSP170 Evaluating Information

HSP294 Placement Prep


MHA232 Recovery Strategies for Addiction

MHA233 Recovery Strategies for Mental Health

MHA234 Crisis Intervention

MHA235 Pharmacology for Mental Health and Addiction Workers

Semester Four - Winter (15 wks; 7 wks classes / 8 wks 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)



Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.

Field Placement: 
  • North Bay Regional Health Centre
  • Various community-based addiction and mental health agencies in North Bay and across Ontario

For this eight-week field placement a security check may be required immediately prior to the field placement. This may be obtained from local police departments and is at the student’s expense.

Canadore College reserves the right to place students in any clinical or field placement or combination of placements that are determined to be appropriate. Students must be prepared to travel to and from placements and/or relocate at their own expense for all or part of the placement. (Students who reside outside the North Bay area are encouraged to complete placements in their home communities)

Students who register in this program who have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to participate in field practicum and/or secure employment upon graduation within some service areas. You are invited to consult a program professor or Canadore’s Counselling Office about any concerns you may have.

Learning Outcomes: 

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.

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