Program OverviewPrinter Friendly
The Addiction and Mental Health Worker program is offered by the School of Community and Health Studies. This program helps 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 and substance use issues from diverse cultural and community perspectives.
In your Addition and Mental Health Work courses, you learn to work with individuals, family members and small groups who are impacted by addiction and mental health issues. You’ll work with them in a variety of community health and human services settings, such as mental health and addiction agencies, homeless drop-in centres and crisis service centres. You also gain the knowledge to advocate for equitable access to supports and services, including health promotion, prevention and harm reduction. The Addiction and Mental Health Work program has a commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous communities in Canada. As such, we offer students Indigenous perspectives to addiction and mental health work throughout their courses.
Classroom instruction is combined with field placement experience in the second year when you spend several days each week working with clients under the supervision of experienced service providers in social service agencies. Meanwhile, field placements give you the opportunity to work in interprofessional teams to gain direct experience providing support to clients and families through case management, assessment, referral and navigating systems of care. As such, the practical experience gained during placements helps to reinforce classroom learning and provides grounding for full-time work after graduation.
Please Note: This program is taught using a combination of modalities. Courses may be taught face-to-face, online or in blended/hybrid combination of both online and traditional classroom teaching.
As a student in the Addiction and Mental Health Worker, you learn to:
- Develop a plan to assist individuals in achieving their goals for mental wellness and substance use/addiction.
- Integrate group work and group facilitation skills across a wide range of community service settings to support the 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, prevention and harm reduction 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 individuals 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 non-judgmental 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/safer resources and support.
- Engage in critical self-reflection to support professional growth, lifelong learning and self/community care strategies.
- Develop creative concepts for addiction and mental health practice that meet innovation, entrepreneurship and social enterprise objectives.
Program OutlinePrinter Friendly
|Course Code||Course Title|
|AMHW-100||Introduction to the Biological Basis of Addiction and Mental Health|
|AMHW-101||Introduction to Professional Practice Skills|
|AMHW-102||Fundamentals for Success as an Addiction and Mental Health Worker (Blended)|
|AMHW-103||Integrated Approaches to Addiction and Mental Health Work|
|COMM-160/161||College Communication 1|
|GNED||General Education Elective|
|Course Code||Course Title|
|AMHW-200||Social Policy and Legislation: Addiction and Mental Health (Blended/Online)|
|AMHW-201||Essentials of Screening, Assessment and Case Management|
|AMHW-202||Addiction and Mental Health Work with Groups|
|AMHW-203||Addressing Stigma in Addiction and Mental Health Work|
|COMM-170/171||College Communication 2|
|GNED-500||Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action|
Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners
Career Options, Academic Pathways and PartnersPrinter Friendly
The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) has approved the Centennial College Addiction and Mental Health Worker program as an equivalent to a Social Service Work diploma. Upon graduation, Centennial College Addiction and Mental Health Worker program graduates are eligible to register with the OCSWSSW, a regulatory body that oversees the social work and social service work profession.
Registering with a professional body such as the OCSWSSW will help assist you in your search for employment, as employers are increasingly looking for the credibility that comes with registering with a professional association. When you become a member, you join a community of social workers and social service workers across Ontario who are professional, ethical, qualified and accountable. By law, only registered members of the college may use the title "social service worker" or "registered social service worker" in Ontario.
- Addiction counsellor
- Peer support worker
- Case manager
- Harm reduction worker
- Street outreach worker
- Short-term crisis bed worker
- Community support worker
- Front-line shelter worker
- Withdrawal management counsellor
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- 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
Semester RequirementsA C Grade is required in all core courses.
How to Apply
How to ApplyPrinter Friendly
1. Apply Online
Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.
If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.
If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.
All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.
2. Submit Documents
Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.
Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.
Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).
For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.
3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission
Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.
You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.
You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.
When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.
4. Pay Fees
Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.
You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.
5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)
Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.
Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April
Your web-registration will not open if:
You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.
Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Incidental Fees||Total|