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Addictions and Mental Health

AC Online

Faculty:Community and Social Services
Degree:Post-diploma; Online
Field of Study:Addiction Prevention and Treatment
Human Services, General
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Mental Health Counselling/Counsellor
Social Work
Youth Services/Administration
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,881

Information on tuition and fees can be found on the Algonquin College website.



This fully online Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is primarily designed to enhance and further develop the skills of individuals who already work in healthcare or the social services field and who are interested in specializing in addictions and mental health. There is a growing need for coordinated services by professionals with the knowledge and skills to treat concurrent disorders. Students take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of mental health, mental illness, and substance use including a focus on holistic assessment and intervention strategies, recovery process, and promotion of ongoing mental health. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by front-line workers and supervisors to deliver responsive and effective substance use disorder treatment and mental health services while promoting empowerment, self-determination, and optimum quality of life to individuals. Students gain practical experience through a supervised placement.

Upon completion of the program, students possess the knowledge and skills to work with vulnerable populations in a variety of community mental health and addictions services settings, dependent on their prior experience and credentials. These settings may include social service and government agencies, mental health agencies, residential treatment centres, group homes, homeless shelters, school boards, services for women, services for aboriginal people, crisis response services, correctional facilities, hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospices, and other establishments.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma or Degree or equivalent in the human, health, or social sciences fields.

    International applicants must provide proof of the subject specific requirements and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency.

    Test Scores:
    • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88]
    Application Notes : Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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