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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.

To register for this Certificate, please click here.


Career Opportunities:

Qualify for employment in various organizations including community mental health and addictions services, residential treatment centres, youth and family services, housing services, and crisis response services.

Our graduates seek career opportunties such as community support worker, housing worker, case manager, counsellor, crisis worker, addictions counsellor and mental health worker.

Program Name

Addictions and Mental Health

Program Code



Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

Part-time; Students have a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Location (Campus)

Online part-time

Canadian Fees

See registration link above.

International Fees

See registration link above.

Additional Costs


Scholarships and Bursaries


Program Outline

Level 1
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

Level 2
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
Field Placement Preparation Course

Level 3
Field Placement and Special Topic Seminar

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



    It astonishes me that 4 years ago, I picked up my life and moved from Manitoba to Ontario to pursue Music Theatre. Once I was finishing my first year in Ontario, I had no idea where I'd end up... No idea I'd spend the next 3 years in a small town with one Starbucks. And thank god I did. St. Lawrence College's music theatre program welcomed me in with open arms. I'll never forget waking up to my acceptance e-mail and thinking: They believe in me. This place and these people have not made me who I am... They've made me figure out who I am. They gave growth to the woman that I've always been, deep down. My faculty supported every crazy idea I had. Even though this was a Music Theatre "Performance" program, they helped me realize that I can do so much more than just perform. They've helped me be a theatre person, with many hats. Their constant advice, generosity and enthusiasm made me realize my true value in this industry. For that, I can't thank them enough. I will spend the rest of my career thanking them. Then there's the students. My classmates (alumni included), my friends, my SLC family. There is no place like SLC, and there is no family like the one that we've created for ourselves. MuTh is forever. I will not forget the ways that you all have impacted me. At Old Faces, our faculty honoured me with the Leadership Award, for which I am very humbled. A leader is nothing without people who believe in and support their ideas. Thank you to the entire SLC family for always supporting and trusting me.

    Susan Waycik

    Program Contact

    Sara Barrie, Program Officer (OntarioLearn)

    Admissions Information

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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.

    Not all courses are offered every semester. Please see the program delivery schedule.

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