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Mental Wellness and Addictions Worker

Available at: Brockville


The Mental Wellness and Addictions Worker Ontario College Diploma program will prepare graduates to work in a variety of positions and organizations assisting clients affected by addictive behaviours and mental health issues.


Workers with training in mental health and addictions are in high demand, both locally and across the province. This program will prepare you for employment in this valuable field. You will train to work in mental health and addiction - specific settings including a broad spectrum of social and health agencies. Learn in class and in the field. The College has strong partnerships with local and regional institutions.


Students in the program can expect to: a) understand the varying needs of diverse populations from all walks of life, b) expand their own skill set, c) encounter new ideas, d) be challenged about their beliefs, and e) be stimulated to approach problems and opportunities differently and deliberately.


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Mental Wellness and Addictions Worker program will be able to find careers in a
ddiction treatment centres, mental health facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities, recovery or rehabilitation homes and other places working as:

  • Aboriginal outreach worker
  • Addictions worker
  • Behavioural aide
  • Child and youth worker
  • Community Service worker
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Family service worker
  • Financial assistance worker
  • Group home worker
  • Life skills instructor
  • Rehabilitation worker
  • Social service worker
  • Veteran services officer
  • Welfare and compensation officer
  • Women’s shelter supervisor
  • Youth worker
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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 2019-20

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 II
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


Health Requirements


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I decided to go to college in my mid 20's, and it was the best decision I ever made!  The School of Business in Kingston taught me how to succeed in the business world, and I use that knowledge every day in the work environment.  I am thankful for the staff and students that I spent the three years with, for they truly helped to shape my future.

Tracey-Lynn Mclennan

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) is required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements 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 these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Campus Dean of the school prior to applying.

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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