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Mental Wellness and Addictions Worker

Available at: Brockville


This two-year (four semester) program prepares students with specialized training in addictions and mental health for employment in the healthcare and social services field. The Mental Wellness and Addictions Worker is equipped to engage and support individuals with addictions and/or mental health concerns. Graduates of the program will acquire the knowledge, skills, tools, and abilities required by frontline professionals to deliver responsive and effective practice. Graduates will gain an understanding of the complex needs of diverse client populations; establish and extend their skillset; nurture and expand their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills; recognize, understand, and apply a holistic model of client-centered care; and, ultimately demonstrate learned theoretical concepts with our community stakeholders during their field placement. The in-classroom hands-on approach to learning is key to student success and invaluable when translating theory-to-practice in the field.


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Mental Wellness and Addictions Worker program may pursue a career in the areas of addiction support; case management; community mental health; crisis support; homeless prevention; Indigenous outreach work; rehabilitation support; residential and housing support; shelter support services; youth and family support; and veteran’s services, to name a number of areas in this comprehensive field. Graduates will find opportunities in a variety of organizations including community mental health and addictions services; correctional facilities; services for Indigenous people; residential treatment centres; shelter systems; youth and family services, or rehabilitation homes.

Program Name

Mental Wellness and Addictions Worker

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
AMHW 1 Human Growth and Development
AMHW 2 Communication Skills in the Social Service Profession
AMHW 3 Examining Multiculturalism in Sociological Terms
AMHW 9 Interviewing and Counselling Skills
AMHW 17 An Exploration of Addictions
GENE General Education Course

Semester 2
AMHW 4 The Historical and Philosophical Background of Social Work in Canada
AMHW 5 An Analysis of Mental Health Issues
AMHW 6 Interviewing and Counselling Skills 2
AMHW 7 Group Work as an Intervention
AMHW 8 Safely Managing Disruptive and Assaultive Behaviour
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3
AMHW 10 Helping Families Develop, Cope and Change
AMHW 11 An Examination of Pharmacology in Mental Health Substance Use
AMHW 12 Field Placement Preparation
AMHW 13 Unlocking the Process of Change by Using a Recovery Oriented Approach
AMHW 14 Case Management: Helping Clients Navigate the Health and Social Service
GENE General Education Course (Online)

Semester 4
AMHW 15 Preventing Relapse and Promoting Recovery
AMHW 16 An Evaluation of Concurrent Disorders
AMHW 18 Becoming the Accountable Professional and the Importance of Evaluating Information
AMHW 19 Uncovering Trauma
AMHW 20 Field Placement

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.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M Level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C, U or M Level

  • Grade 11 Math

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


Health Requirements


for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


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Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.


“So here I am in an opioid treatment center in the middle of an opioid crisis in our country, our province. I remember thinking “I am in the belly of the beast pertaining to addictions and mental health” Which was pleasantly over came by the realization that at this level of exposure in the field I can potentially make some of the most important impacts and changes in an individual’s life. What an opportunity!! From right here, in the front lines of an opioid crisis…I was blessed in doing just that. Money cannot measure the feelings and accomplishments of being a part of someone’s recovery and the rebuilding of someone’s life!”
- Ashley (graduate)

Program Contact

Jamie Belec

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Criminal Background Check:

Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in field placement and Program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student and must be obtained within three to six months of field placement. Applicants with a criminal record are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective School prior to applying.
Individuals with a criminal record are strongly advised to obtain a pardon before applying to the Program.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.

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