Mental Health and Addiction Worker
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 either Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention or Social Service Worker.
What You Learn
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.
OSSD or equivalent Grade 12 Compulsory English (ENG4C or ENG4U)
A completed Canadore College Health Centre form including medical history, immunization record, Hepatitis B vaccination, and a two-step Tuberculosis (TB) test is required.
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/clinical placements. A current police check 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 2013:
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 2014:
CMM230 Writing and Speaking to Persuade
HSP104 Human Service and the Law
HSP160 Interviewing II
HSP165Mental Health Across the Lifespan
SOC220 Sociology of Social Problems
Semester Three - Fall 2014:
HSP294 Interprofessional Education and Placement Prep
HSP170 Evaluating Information
HUM219 Group Work
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 2015 (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)
Note: Graduates of Mental Health and Addictions Worker may apply for advanced standing to the second year of the Community and Justice Services program
Semester Three - Fall:
CJS151Programming and Community Development
CJS201Special Topics: Diverse Client Groups
CJS205Introduction to Management Techniques
CJS210Principles of Community Re-Integration
SLJ304Issues in Diversity and First Nations
SOC221Social Problems in Adolescents
Semester Three - Winter:
SLJ408Career Fitness Testing
CJS250Field Placement Integration
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Diploma to Degree
- University of Windsor
- Nipissing Detoxification and Substance Abuse programs
- North Bay Regional Health Centre
- Various 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 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.