Addiction and Mental Health Worker

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Program Code: 1235

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Ashtonbee Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5303

The Addiction and Mental Health Worker program offered by our School of Community and Health Studies will help you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work in mental health and addiction services, using evidence-based knowledge and skills in screening, assessing and responding to people with mental health, substance use and other addictions from diverse cultural and community perspectives. You will learn the skills to work with individuals, family members and small groups who are impacted by addiction and mental health issues in a variety of community health and human services settings such as social and advocacy organizations, residential care facilities, outpatient care centres and community-based food, housing, emergency and other relief services. You will also learn the skills to advocate at organizational and systems levels to promote equitable access to supports and services, including health promotion and prevention/harm reduction.

Classroom instruction is combined with field placement experience in year two. You will spend several days each week working with clients under the supervision of experienced service providers in social agencies. The practical experience gained during placements will help to reinforce classroom learning and provide grounding for full-time work after graduation. Field Placement will allow you the opportunity to work in interprofessional teams to gain direct practice experience providing support to clients and families/kin through case management, assessment and referral and navigating systems of care.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
AMHW-100 Introduction to the Biological Basis of Addiction and Mental Health Ashtonbee Campus
AMHW-101 Introduction to Professional Practice Skills Ashtonbee Campus
AMHW-102 Fundamentals for Success as an Addiction and Mental Health Worker (Blended) Ashtonbee Campus
AMHW-103 Integrated Approaches to Addiction and Mental Health Work Ashtonbee Campus
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
AMHW-200 Social Policy and Legislation: Addiction and Mental Health (Blended/Online) Ashtonbee Campus
AMHW-201 Essentials of Screening, Assessment and Case Management Ashtonbee Campus
AMHW-202 Addiction and Mental Health Work with Groups Ashtonbee Campus
AMHW-203 Addressing Stigma in Addiction and Mental Health Work Ashtonbee Campus
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
AMHW-300 Community Development and Advocacy Ashtonbee Campus
AMHW-301 Interviewing and Counselling Skills Ashtonbee Campus
AMHW-303 Prevention, Harm Reduction and Health Promotion Interventions (Blended / Online) Ashtonbee Campus
AMHW-310 Field Placement 1 Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
AMHW-400 Special Issues in Addiction and Mental Health Work (Blended/Online) Ashtonbee Campus
AMHW-405 Field Seminar (Blended/Online) Ashtonbee Campus
AMHW-410 Field Placement 2 Ashtonbee Campus
ENGL-206 Report Presentation for Community Service Workers Ashtonbee Campus

Future Alumni

Graduates will be eligible to work with front-line mental health and addiction agencies, as well as shelters, homeless drop-in centres, hospitals, and crisis service centres. Lived experience in mental health and addictions is valued in the sector, to offer peer support.

Program Highlights

  • Develop a plan to assist the client in achieving their goals for mental wellness and recovery from addictions.
  • Integrate group work and group facilitation skills across a wide range of community service settings, supporting growth and development of individuals, families, and communities affected by addictions and mental health issues.
  • Consider social policy, legislation, and political, social, and economic systems and their impacts on service delivery in addiction and mental health services.
  • Provide appropriate treatment and prevention strategies to individuals and families impacted by addiction and mental health issues.
  • Recognize diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families, and communities to develop and promote accessible and responsive programs and services.
  • Respond accordingly to clients in crisis to provide appropriate assistance and referral where necessary.
  • Develop and maintain positive interprofessional collaboration and working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and community partners that adhere to professional, legal and ethical standards.
  • Advocate at a system-level for nonjudgmental acceptance and unconditional positive regard of individuals with addictions and mental health issues.
  • Collaborate with indigenous peoples and their communities to identify and advocate for access to culturally appropriate resources to address addiction and mental health issues.
  • Engage in critical self-reflection to support professional growth and lifelong learning.
  • Develop creative concepts for addiction and mental health practice that meet innovation, entrepreneurship and social enterprise objectives.

Career Outlook

  • Addiction Counsellor
  • Peer Support Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Harm Reduction Worker
  • Street Outreach Worker
  • Short-term Crisis Bed Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Client Service Worker - Hoarding Support Services
  • Withdrawal Management Counsellor

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
    English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

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January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

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