Addictions and Mental Health

Addictions and Mental Health is a one-year program for graduate students who are committed to advancing their skills and knowledge. This program combines classroom instruction with a field placement for students to work with clients.

Prepare for a career in mental health - 2021/2022

This program is designed for graduate students who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills to advance their career or enter the workforce. You will learn the fundamental components of addictions and mental health issues, promotion and prevention, pharmacology, and social treatment approaches. 

As a student within the mental health and addictions program, you will feel confident using intervention techniques, educate individuals through knowledge exchange, work collaboratively in teams and build wholistic relationships.

Prepare for a career as a mental health worker by gaining hands-on experience through a capstone and field placement within addictions and mental health. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills while working collaboratively with various professionals. 

Program Overview

The Addictions and Mental Health one-year program will be beneficial for seasoned practitioners who are committed to maintaining currency, and/or who are seeking career advancement. Students who are newly graduated from post-secondary may also wish to enroll in this program to deepen their knowledge and skill base prior to entering the workforce. Opportunities to work in varying sectors such as child, adult, family and gerontology-based programs may broaden for students who complete this Graduate Certificate. 

The intent of this program will be to ready students to work in a variety of Human Services settings such as community programs, residential care, social service programs, early childhood and family centres, recreation and leisure services, gerontology programs, group homes as well as any other settings that support prevention, intervention and treatment of addictions and/or mental illness.


Career Information

Graduates of the program can advance their employment as: an Addictions Crisis Worker, Withdrawal Management Counsellor, Addictions Counsellor, Substance Abuse Counsellor, Case Manager, Community Support Worker, Coordinator/ Psychogeriatric Case Manager, Counsellor/Group Facilitator, Mental Health Support Worker, Outreach Services Advisor, Rehabilitation Services Case Manager, Residential Care Worker, Youth Worker.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Use a bio-psycho-spiritual framework when providing addictions and mental health services;
  2. Provide holistic, client-centred, gender-based, culturally relevant assessments and interventions to individuals, groups and families within social and cultural contexts across the lifespan;
  3. Integrate skills and knowledge from a range of frameworks and contexts in addictions, mental health and concurrent disorders to provide non-biased services to women and those from diverse and varied populations;
  4. Educate individuals, families, groups and the community regarding issues and approaches through knowledge translation, knowledge exchange and the dissemination of relevant and current research and practice via formal and informal education;
  5. Access, utilize and advocate for culturally informed community supports and services for individuals, families and the community;
  6. Actively participate in and contribute to, relevant networks, groups and organizations promoting development, improvement and advancement in the fields of addictions and mental health;
  7. Work collaboratively within inter-professional teams providing ethical, effective, timely, and coordinated holistic services;
  8. Practice ethical and responsible behaviour in all aspects of work;
  9. Use research results to design and implement client care and services with the participation and contribution of the client, their family, and the community;
  10. Proactively build collaborative relationships with Indigenous stakeholders to ensure culturally appropriate services.


Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London - Online
2022 September

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 May
Toronto Campus
2022 September

Program Details

Program Code
Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks

Admission Requirements

Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree, or equivalent
Acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the
Five years of work experience in the community services industry as judged by the College to be


*Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BSCI-6031Fundamentals of Addictions3
This course will introduce students to substance-related and behavioural addictions as indicated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Through the biopsychosocial and trauma informed lens, students will critically analyze different theories of addiction and current initiatives in field addiction services. The signs and symptoms of dependence, abuse, problematic, and occasional patterns of substance use will be addressed. Throughout the course, students will engage in self- reflection regarding their understanding of addictions with the aim to challenge one's own beliefs and assumptions.
BSCI-6032Fundamentals of Mental Health3
In this course, the bio-psycho-social perspective will be used to help students gain knowledge and understanding of concurrent mental health and substance abuse issues in our diverse society. The description, prevalence, causative factors, outcomes, and treatment of mental health disorders will be presented in relation to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual. Students will have opportunity to examine current legislation, policy and initiatives in Mental Health. Throughout the course, students will engage in self-reflection regarding their understanding of mental health with the aim to challenge one's own beliefs and assumptions.
BSCI-6033Professionalism in Person Centred Care3
The focus of this course will be on the role and responsibilities of an addiction and mental health worker. Guiding principles for ethical, legal and professional practice will be addressed in relation to case management and advocacy. Students will be introduced to the components of case management including rapport and relationship building skills, screening and assessment tools as well as a strength- based documentation format.
BSCI-6034Promotion & Prevention3
This course focusses on the understanding of the key elements of health and wellness in our clients and ourselves. Students will consider the different levels and approaches to prevention of addiction and mental health problems. Using Anti-oppressive practice principles, students will learn to analyze and implement prevention programs servicing diverse populations in a range of milieus.
RSCH-6013Lifespan Development3
Students will gain a greater understanding of human development across the lifespan by exploring the physical, cognitive, and social- emotional stages of development. Selected theoretical approaches will be investigated in order to understand factors contributing to addiction as well as the impact of addiction on human development.
RSCH-6014Capstone Project Development3
Serving as an introduction to capstone project course in level 2 of this program, students are introduced to several foundational concepts related to research literacy. This course provides the theory and skills required for direct application toward successful completion of capstone research projects in level 2. Key course components include an introduction to research ethics and design, how to search and evaluate for credible sources, basic skills for critiquing and reviewing the literature as well as developing a focused research question. Students will also be introduced to field placement practice.
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Tuition Summary


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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.