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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)

You will 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 needed to help clients affected by addictive behaviours and/or mental health issues 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 social work or related discipline or college diploma in health or social service work or Practical Nursing; overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or 65 per cent average
  • Minimum of three credits in post-secondary psychology courses

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/therapist
  • Case manager
  • Clinical case manager
  • Community support worker
  • Co-ordinator/psychogeriatric case manager
  • Counsellor/group facilitator
  • Mental health counsellor
  • Outreach services advisor
  • Psychotherapist
  • 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
  • Community mental health agency
  • Correctional facility
  • Group home or adult shelter
  • Children's mental health agency
  • Problem-gambling service
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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 Placement

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

Please note: there are pre-placement requirements for the field placement component of this program.

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  • code: ADMH
  • Program length: Three consecutive 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 Open Open: May 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2018
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