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Type: Ontario College Diploma 

Length: 2 Years

Partner: Canadore College 

Delivery: Intensive - students attend week-long sessions approximately once a month 

Next Intakes: September 2020

Locations: Rama, Moose Factory

Tuition: $6,629.48* for 2-YEAR DIPLOMA 

*subject to change


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 this challenging and in-demand field.  

Community mental health and addiction workers assist individuals with mental health challenges, housing and addiction issues. They support skills training, 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. 

Learners 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 420-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 


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


Year One (September 2020 – April 2021) 

  • College Communication 
  • Introduction to Substance Use 
  • Interviewing and Helping Skills I 
  • Multiculturalism in Canada 
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan 
  • Lifespan Development 
  • Foundations of Sociology 
  • Workplace Communications 
  • Canada’s First Peoples 
  • Group Work 
  • Interventions for Mental Health and Addictions I 
  • Interviewing and Helping Skills II 
  • Human Services and the Law 
  • Older Persons’ Mental Health 
  • Children and Youth Mental Health 

Year Two (September 2021 – April 2022) 

  • Evaluating Information 
  • Fieldwork Preparation 
  • Pharmacology for Mental Health and Addiction Workers 
  • Cognitive Behaviour Techniques 
  • Interventions for Mental Health and Addictions II 
  • Relapse Prevention and Wellness 
  • Crisis Intervention 
  • General Education Elective 
  • Fieldwork Integration 
  • Field Placement 


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

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For more information contact our Recruitment Office at 1.800.267.0637, ext.156 or email us at recruitment@fnti.net