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Addictions and Mental Health

Available at: Brockville


The Addictions and Mental Health program is a one-year graduate certificate consisting of three academic semesters.

The proposed program is intended to teach students to do the following:


  • Acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities required by front-line workers and supervisors in order to deliver responsive and effective addictions and mental health services while promoting empowerment, self-determination, and optimum quality of life to individuals with addictions and mental health issues;

  • Provide evidence-informed clinical and educational services to diverse individuals and groups experiencing addictions and mental health related challenges.

Recovery principles, empowerment practice, and the impact of early and ongoing trauma in the lives of individuals across the lifespan are examined in the curriculum.


Applicants must be able to work successfully in English and to benefit from instruction in English. In addition, students will be expected to demonstrate familiarity with Learning Management Systems (or take a brief course in same before classes begin) as well as having information technology skills, i.e., be able to key in data; create, update, and print files in a variety of formats; retrieve and back-up files; navigate the internet; cite sources appropriately; post on blogs and discussion boards; and send emails and files.


Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may find employment in various organizations including community mental health and addictions services, residential treatment centres, hospitals, children’s centres, services for women, services for aboriginal people, homeless shelters, youth and family services, ethno-cultural centres, and crisis response services. Graduates may find employment opportunities with titles such as: community support workers, team leaders, housing workers, case managers, clinicians, counsellors, crisis workers, addictions counsellors and mental health workers.

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Program Name

Addictions and Mental Health

Program Code



Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

3 Semesters

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2016-17 tuition fees are $5,576.27. Compulsory fees are $799.55. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 tuition fees are $21,975.00. Compulsory fees are $1,477.55. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1
ADMH 1 Introduction to Addictions, Mental Health and Concurrent Disorders
ADMH 2 Introduction to Counselling
ADMH 3 Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse
ADMH 4 Community Services and Supports in Addictions and Mental Health
ADMH 5 Holistic Assessment and Interventions: Determinants of Health
ADMH 6 Counselling Gender and Diversity
ADMH 7 Ethics, Professionalism and Interprofessional Teams

Semester 2
ADMH 8 Group Counselling for Addictions and Mental Health Practitioners
ADMH 9 Motivational Interviewing and Change Theory Practice
ADMH 10 Working with Youth and Families
ADMH 11 Impulse Control Disorders and Behavioural Addiction
ADMH 12 An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practice
ADMH 13 Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange in Addictions and Mental Health
ADMH 14 Field Placement Preparation Course

Semester 3
ADMH 15 Practicum and Special Topics Seminar

Admission Requirements

Two or three year College Diploma or University Degree in human, health or social sciences


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    I would absolutely recommend the Autism and Behavioural Science program to anyone who is interested in working with individuals with special needs. Transitioning from university to college was an adjustment, but I was amazed at how hard the incredible teaching staff pushed and supported the students throughout the year ensuring success. I believe that the knowledge and skills gained through coursework and field placements are unparalleled, and give graduates the tools they need to be successful in the field. Having just completed the program, I feel I have a very strong knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders and a specialized skill set which has allowed for several employment opportunities immediately following graduation.

    Molly Speagle

    Program Contact

    Doug Roughton

    Recruiting Contact

    Recruitment Office

    Additional Information

    Criminal Background Check:

    Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) is required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Campus Dean of the school prior to applying.

    Advanced Standing

    Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.

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