The Mental Health and Addictions Counseling Diploma provide students with the knowledge and skills to provide assistance in the community in a variety of ways. 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, psychotherapy theories, and techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Course duration 40 weeks
Course includes a 480 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.
- Individuals with mental health and addictions program training may find employment in a wide range of interesting and rewarding positions, including:
- Addictions counselor
- Relief or Distress Centre Counselor
- Mental Health Worker
- Group Home Worker
- Correctional Institutions
- Outreach Worker
- Immigrant and 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 Counseling in areas, including:
- Sociology, Social services and Social problems
- Communications, interpersonal and counselling skills
- Human behavior, psychology and the Social environment
- Life-Span Psychology, Development and mental illness
- The Canadian Family Dynamic
- Addictions Counseling and Change Theory
- Pharmacology and Mental Health
- Counseling theories and psychotherapy techniques using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Group Work and Human Relations
- Research and Populations at Risk
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. Assistance will be provided 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.
If you’re interested in learning more about a career in Mental Health and Addictions Counseling, exploring this program could be an option you.
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