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My training and experience in the Addictions and Mental Health program equipped me with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to ex [...]

Yolanda Sang
Addictions and Mental Health
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Addictions and Mental Health (graduate certificate)

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Addictions and Mental Health (graduate certificate)

Addictions and Mental Health (graduate certificate)

Addictions and Mental Health (graduate certificate)

Addictions and Mental Health (graduate certificate)

Students learn the knowledge and skills required to effectively address two of Canada’s leading health care issues as well as the theoretical understanding and clinical skills to help clients successfully navigate their challenges as they begin their journey to wellness.

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Program Description

Designed for students with previous, relevant education, this highly specialized program was developed in consultation with recognized experts in the fields of addiction and mental health including Lakeridge Health Corporation.

Program highlights include the opportunity to:

  • Expand the skills required to practice in addiction and mental health settings
  • Gain experience with a broad spectrum of clinical settings where addiction/mental health related issues arise
  • Develop an understanding of the particular needs of diverse populations
  • Receive training in evidence-based models of psychotherapy

Please note: Some courses may be delivered in online or blended formats using the college's learning management system.

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Admission Requirements

  • University degree in psychology or related discipline or college diploma in health or social services; overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or 65 per cent average
  • Minimum of three credits in post-secondary psychology courses including introductory psychology, abnormal psychology and developmental psychology
  • Resume and letter of intent (upon request)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office or equivalent (recommended)

This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact or call 905.721.3126. Please refer to page 9 for more details regarding highly competitive programs.


To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:

  • A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS in order to meet field placement agency requirements
  • Current Level C CPR certificate from a recognized provider
  • Current standard first aid certificate from a recognized provider
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
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Career Options


  • Addictions crisis worker
  • Addictions counsellor
  • Case manager
  • Clinical case manager
  • Community support worker
  • Co-ordinator/psychogeriatric case manager
  • Counsellor/group facilitator
  • Mental health counsellor
  • Outreach services advisor
  • Rehabilitation services case manager
  • Residential care worker
  • Substance abuse counsellor
  • Withdrawal management counsellor
  • Youth worker


  • Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT)
  • Alcohol and drug treatment centre
  • Community-based, government or privately funded agency
  • Correctional facility
  • Group home or adult shelter
  • Health-service organization
  • Problem-gambling service
  • Residential treatment centre for addictions and/or mental health
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational


Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$6,524$16,696

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placements

Your learning experience will be complemented by a semester long, 490-hour clinical field placement under the clinical supervision of a qualified professional practitioner and a college advisor from the Addictions and Mental Health program.

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  • code: ADMH
  • Program length: One-year (three semesters)
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Location: Pickering Learning Site
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $5,264 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: September 2016
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: September 2016
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2017
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