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Addictions and Mental Health

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Hyflex / Full-time


Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Duration

3 Semesters

Program Contacts

Jenny Slack

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6983
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Program Overview

Transform lives with a rewarding career in mental health care 

Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills you need to be the catalyst for change in the lives of those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. In this client-centred and culturally-relevant program, courses in addiction, mental health disorders, treatment, prevention, counselling, and case management will give you the tools to deliver frontline care to diverse groups and individuals.  
Your third semester is a six-week field placement or capstone project where you’ll apply your skills to real-world active cases and become part of a professional care team. supporting those living with mental health and addictions concerns.

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Combination of theory and practical learning 
  • Choice of placement or capstone project in the final semester followed by a debriefing 
  • Optional opportunities to participate in training relevant to the field, which may include Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training, and Naloxone training 
  • Complete all formal education hours required for voluntary certification with Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) 


Admission requirements

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree program from an Ontario College or equivalent.


Applicant must possess five years of work experience in a related field (or combination of education and work experience) as judged by the College to be equivalent. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their related experience and a cover letter outlining their competencies and preparedness for the program (any and all post-secondary transcripts must still be submitted).

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Spring 2025

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
PSY 1003Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions3
ADC 1001Case Management in Professional Practice3
ADC 1100Foundations of Therapeutic Counselling3
ADC 1105Community Integration: Addictions and Mental Health3
SSC 1201Diversity-Informed Practices3
ADC 1250Impulse Control Disorders and Behavioral Addictions3
Semester 2
LDS 1010Concurrent Disorders and Mental Health II3
HEA 1061Wellness Coaching3
LDS 1100Trauma Informed Practices3
LDS 1500Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies in Practice3
ADC 1350Addictions and Mental Health Lifespan and Special Populations3
ADC 1401Field Placement Seminar 2
Semester 3
ADC 1412

or ADC 1411
Field Placement

or Capstone Course
 Total Credits40


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$6,923.58Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,829.06Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Community Services

Discover the profound difference you can make in the lives of others when you follow the rewarding and noble path provided by Cambrian’s School of Community Services. Community Services programs prepare you to address social and community needs, support child and family welfare, navigate support systems and become a powerful force for positive change.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates of this one-year graduate certificate program will be positioned to pursue careers as addictions and mental health workers within a variety of settings, including but not limited to:

  • Community-based mental health agencies/organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Addictions treatment and recovery settings
  • Social welfare agencies
  • Private counselling settings
  • Seniors mental health agencies
  • Youth and children’s mental health organizations
  • Jails and correctional settings
  • Live-in and community aftercare programs 
  • Land-based treatment
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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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