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Mental Health and Addictions Counselling Diploma

Mental Health and Addictions Counselling Diploma

The goal of the Mental Health and Addictions Counselling Diploma Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to provide assistance in the community in a variety of ways. This includes assisting and counselling clients with mental health related problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and addictions. Students will also learn how to facilitate support groups using counselling skills, psychotherapy theories, and techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Course duration 950 hours or 38 weeks

Course includes a 400 clinical practicum


Pre requisites:  Ontario Secondary School diploma or equivalent, Hepatitis B vaccine, TB skin text, criminal reference check for the vulnerable sector, and first aid CPR.

Career Opportunities

Individuals with mental health and addictions program training may find employment in a wide range of interesting and rewarding positions, including:

  • Addictions counsellor
  • Relief or Distress Centre Counselor
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Group Home Worker
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Outreach Worker
  • Immigrant and Refugee Services Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Rehabilitation Centre
  • Homeless Shelters

As a successful graduate of this program you’ll enter the professional world with confidence after gaining in-depth training in Mental Health and Addictions Counselling in areas, including:

  • Communications, interpersonal and counselling skills
  • Human behavior, psychology and the Social environment
  • Life-Span Psychology, Development and mental illness
  • Addictions Counselling and ChangeTheory
  • Pharmacology and Mental Health
  • Counselling theories and psychotherapy techniques using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Group Work and Human Relations
  • Research and Populations at Risk

In the College of Health Studies Mental Health and Addictions Diploma program, students will complete an 8-week Internship in a professional mental health setting that you will find in your community, assistance will be provide if you cannot secure a placement in your community. Students will work directly in a community service environment and will gain valuable practical experience before graduating.

An Internship is a great way to get a feel for different positions and make important contacts within the industry. Many students are hired by their placement employer for permanent employment in their new profession.

Is a Career in Community Right for You?

If you’re interested in learning more about a career in Mental Health and Addictions Counselling, exploring this program could be a option you.

Please contact us at (905)452-8139, (905)454-2300

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