O que eu aprenderei?

The Addiction and Mental Health Worker program offered by the School of Community and Health Studies helps you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work in mental health and addiction services, using evidence-based knowledge and skills in screening, assessing and responding to people with mental health, substance use and addictions from diverse cultural and community perspectives.

In your Addition and Mental Health Work courses, you learn to work with individuals, family members and small groups who are impacted by addiction and mental health issues in a variety of community health and human services settings such as social and advocacy organizations, residential care facilities, outpatient care centres, and community-based food, housing, emergency and other relief services. You also gain the know-how to advocate at organizational and systems levels to promote equitable access to supports and services, including health promotion, prevention and harm reduction.

Classroom instruction is combined with field placement experience in second year, during which you spend several days each week working with clients under the supervision of experienced service providers in social service agencies. Field Placement allows you the opportunity to work in interprofessional teams to gain direct practice experience providing support to clients and families/kin through case management, assessment, referral and navigating systems of care. As such, the practical experience gained during placements helps to reinforce classroom learning and provides grounding for full-time work after graduation.

Program Highlights

As a student in the Addiction and Mental Health Worker, you learn to:

  • Develop a plan to assist individuals in achieving their goals for mental wellness and substance use/addiction
  • Integrate group work and group facilitation skills across a wide range of community service settings to support the growth and development of individuals, families and communities affected by addictions and mental health issues
  • Consider social policy, legislation, and political, social and economic systems, and their impacts on service delivery in addiction and mental health services
  • Provide appropriate treatment, prevention and harm reduction strategies to individuals and families impacted by addiction and mental health issues
  • Recognize diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities to develop and promote accessible and responsive programs and services
  • Respond accordingly to individuals in crisis to provide appropriate assistance and referral where necessary
  • Develop and maintain positive interprofessional collaboration and working relationships with colleagues, supervisors and community partners that adhere to professional, legal and ethical standards
  • Advocate at a system-level for non-judgmental acceptance and unconditional positive regard of individuals with addictions and mental health issues
  • Collaborate with Indigenous peoples and their communities to identify and advocate for access to culturally appropriate/safer resources and support
  • Engage in critical self-reflection to support professional growth, lifelong learning and self/community care strategies

Career Outlook

  • Addiction counsellor
  • Peer support worker
  • Case manager
  • Harm reduction worker
  • Street outreach worker
  • Short-term crisis bed worker
  • Community support worker
  • Front-line shelter worker
  • Withdrawal management counsellor

Areas of Employment

Front-line mental health and addiction agencies in:

  • Shelters
  • Drop-in centres
  • Hospitals
  • Crisis support services

De qual departamento farei parte?

School of Community and Health Studies

Opções de estudo

Período integral (2 anos)

CAD$14.502,50 (R$ 45.629) por ano

*O preço é estimado e tem caráter informativo, por favor, verifique esta informação com a instituição.

Data de início

8 Setembro 2020


Centennial College

Ashtonbee Campus,

75 Ashtonbee Road,


Ontario (ON),

M1L 4C9, Canada

Requisitos de admissão

Para estudantes internacionais

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

English Language Requirements::

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80+ (internet based with no test below 20) - TOEFL code 9213, or
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) with an overall band score of 60
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 51 plus
  • ITEP (International Test of English Proficiency) score of 3.7 plus.

Sobre a universidade

94% dos empregadores revelaram estar “satisfeitos” ou “muito satisfeitos” com a contratação de um graduado profissionalmente preparado da Centennial.

  • Uma instituição de ensino superior multicultural do Canadá
  • Os estudantes se beneficiam de cursos alinhados às profissões
  • Centro de Empreendedorismo nacionalmente premiado
  • Instalações que simulam ambientes dinâmicos de trabalho