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Mental Health & Addiction Counselling diploma

Couple TherapyThe Mental Health and Addictions Counselling Diploma Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to provide assistance in the community in a variety of ways.

This course is offered Inclass

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, provides addictions counselling groups and techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Course includes

Addictions counselling theories and skills

 History and Etiological Models of Addiction

 Substance Addictions

Process Addictions

 Important Professional Issues in Addiction Counseling

 Introduction to Assessment and Diagnosis of Addictions

Treatment of Addictions including: Motivational Interviewing

Psychotherapeutic Approaches

 Treatment of Comorbid Disorders

Group Therapy for Treatment of Addictions,

Addiction Pharmacotherapy

 12-Step Facilitation of Treatment program

 Maintenance and Relapse Prevention

Addictions in Family Therapy, Rehabilitation, and School Settings

  Alcohol Addiction and Families and genetics

 Substance Abuse Prevention Programs Across the Life Span

Multi Cultural Counseling in Addictions

Counselling Skills techniques in mental health

Cognitive behavioral techniques

  • 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.

This course is course is Tax Deductible.  This course is  covered by Second Career if you are unemployed.

Course is approved by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.

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 & 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:

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 an option you.

Upon completion of this program student will receive the Mental health and Addictions Counselling Diploma.

This course is also tax deductible


Please contact us at (905) 452-8139, (905) 965-1966, or (905) 451-1555.


This course is covered by Second Career Please contact us by phone or by filling out the contact form

Contact us for information about our mental health and addiction counselling certification classes. We help students throughout Ontario earn their addiction counselling diplomas.