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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



    Ellen Foster, SLC Graphic Design grad, 2013
    Front end developer and designer, JIC Design, Kingston

    Developing a close relationship with teachers has always been important for Ellen, so she chose St. Lawrence because of its atmosphere. “It felt a lot more welcoming and supportive than other colleges. The professors wanted to learn about my interests, passions, strengths and weaknesses even before I stepped foot into the classroom. I've always appreciated a strong student-teacher relationship, and I knew I would get that at SLC,” she said.

    Now into her career, Ellen feels like her learning experience at SLC really prepared her for her chosen career path by taking fundamental skills learned and applying them directly to her work. “I currently work as a front-end developer and designer here in Kingston. I learned the fundamentals of front-end development, as well as web design, which is a combination most front-end developers don't have.”  

    Ellen has a word of advice for incoming students to Graphic Design: “To take chances, don't be afraid to fail, and get in over your head. College is the perfect place to realize you're terrible at something and not get fired for it. We may not all be illustrators or web wizards, but you're not going to find out what you are until you take a chance on everything else.”


    Ellen Foster

    Program Contact

    Sara Barrie, Program Officer (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.

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

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