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Mental Health And Addiction Worker

Type: Ontario College Diploma Mental Health and Addiction Worker Application for Indigenous Wellness

Length: 2 Years

Partner: Canadore College 

Delivery: Virtual Delivery

Field Placement: 378 Hours

Next Intakes: Fall 2024

Locations: Virtual Delivery

Tuition: $6,686.48* for 2-YEAR DIPLOMA 

*subject to change

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The Mental Health and Addiction Worker program respects the histories and vulnerabilities of Indigenous Peoples, while preparing students – culturally, intellectually, emotionally and experientially – for work in the field of Indigenous wellness.

Community mental health and addiction workers assist individuals with Indigenous wellness, mental health challenges, housing and addiction issues. They support skills, training, and daily living activities for improved quality of life, stability and independence for their clients.

These mental health professionals discuss, isolate and assess problems, develop a flexible plan of action, ensure basic needs are met, network clientele with needed services, and provide crisis intervention as necessary. They also act as coordinators for volunteers. 

Students in the Mental Health and Addiction Worker program will explore Indigenous community realities within the context of the mental health and wellness field. Indigenous ways of knowing and understanding the world are examined and presented with knowledge and skills relative to Indigenous culture, values and practices. Students learn from an Indigenous perspective through intensive field placements that focus on personal growth and skills application.  


Your program includes field placement and volunteer opportunities that will give you hands-on experience!  

Over the course of your program, you will complete a 378-hour field placement that focuses on practicing on working within an interdisciplinary team to provide client support in mental health settings. These real-world experiences are mandatory and are designed to allow you to integrate classroom teachings with professional practice.  

Through your placements, you will gain valuable experience that will help you understand the diverse roles, settings, and responsibilities of a Mental Health and Addiction Worker. 

Field Placement FAQs


  • Foundations of psychology and sociology 
  • Crisis intervention 
  • Recovery strategies and relapse prevention 
  • Abnormal psychology 
  • Dynamics of chemical dependency 
  • Fundamentals of pharmacology 


  • Addiction treatment centres and prevention programs 
  • Mental health facilities 
  • Hospitals 
  • Correctional facilities 
  • Recovery or rehabilitation homes 
  • Community housing 
  • Volunteer coordinators 


Click HERE for the full list of courses

student testimonial of the mental health and addiction worker program


Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). 

*We also have mature student testing, and credit equivalency. Contact us at recruitment@fnti.net to learn more!


Graduates can apply to register with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) 




For more information contact our Recruitment Office at 1.800.267.0637, ext.141 or email us at recruitment@fnti.net