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, ENG4C or ENG4U
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.
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 Writing and Speaking to Persuade
HSP104 Human Service and the Law
CLT100Canada's First Peoples
HSP160 Interviewing II
HSP165Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Semester Three - Fall:
HSP170 Evaluating Information
HSP294 Interprofessional Education and 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)
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- 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.
ECE graduates are eligible to apply to the College of Early Childhood Educators to obtain status as a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE).
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.