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Addictions and Mental Health

Available at: Online part-time


The Addictions and Mental Health graduate certificate program will empower you with the knowledge and skills you need for a rewarding career. Learn to deliver responsive, culturally relevant, client-centered assessment and treatment to diverse individuals and groups. Practice ways to effectively collaborate and transform lives as a valuable part of a professional support team.

You will acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities required by front-line workers in order to deliver effective addictions and mental health services while promoting empowerment, self-determination and optimum quality of life to individuals with addictions and mental health issues.

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.


Program Name

Addictions and Mental Health

Program Code



Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Start Dates

Program Duration

Location (Campus)

Online part-time

Canadian Fees

International Fees

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline

Required Courses
CSHU 140 Introduction to Additions, Mental Health, and Concurrent Disorders
CSAL 218 Introduction to Counselling
CSSL 77 Chemical Dependency and Substance Use and Abuse
CSHU 142 Community Services and Supports in Addictions and Mental Health
CSSL 82 Holistic Assessment and Interventions: Determinants of Health
CSAL 216 Counselling Gender and Diversity
CSHU 143 Ethics, Professionalism, and Inter-Professional Teams
CSAL 226 Group Counselling for Addictions & Mental Health Practitioners
CSAL 227 Motivational Interviewing & Change Theory Practice
CSSL 87 Working with Youth and Families
CSSL 83 Impulse Control Disorders and Behavioural Addiction
CSSL 88 An Introduction to Trauma Informed Practice
CSHU 141 Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange in Addictions and Mental Health

Semester 2

Semester 3

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Two or three year College Diploma or University Degree, preferably in the human, health or social sciences fields.


    Health Requirements


    As a graduate of the CDA program I can honestly say, it has been one of the most rewarding educational endeavors I have ever pursued. Coming from a University background I was not sure what to expect in college and assumed it would be another one of those “you are just another number, not an individual” scenarios. I am completely shocked by the lasting friendships I have made with everyone in the program and the relationships I have created with the professors. I have always had a passion for the field of Speech Therapy, and the CDA program has taken my passion for this field to a new level. I learned more in one year than I could have ever taken away from my 5 years in University, and have been given the ability to network with professionals in the field during my 2 clinical placements. Communicative Disorders Assistants are slowly starting to have a new place in the world of rehabilitation as we move forward, and the CDA Program at St. Lawrence College prepares you above and beyond anything you could possibly expect. I remember applying for jobs after finishing University, before taking this program and thinking “ya I got this in the bag!”…until the interview, when I realized how little University had prepared me for a career. After completing the CDA program I go into interviews confident in my abilities because of the hands on, friendly and heartwarming experiences I have had the opportunity to experience in the CDA program.


    -Danielle Mills

    Danielle Mills

    Program Contact

    Sara Barrie, Administrative Support (OntarioLearn)

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    Additional Information

    Note: It is highly recommended that all students complete the first three courses prior to any others. The only courses with prerequisites are the Placement Preparation and Placement/Seminar courses which require that students have completed all other courses in the program.

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