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Mental Health & Addictions

Certificate in Mental Health & Addictions

Increasing understanding, decreasing stigma

Building community, enhancing lives

Using strength-based principles of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, you will support those living with mental health and addiction challenges to live the life they envision for themselves. The Mental Health & Addictions (MHA) program will provide you with enhanced knowledge and skills to work with individuals and groups in a variety of settings.

Are you passionate and caring?

Are you interested in a career helping members of your community who need assistance in their day-to-day lives? Are you looking for practical training that will help you have a positive impact on the lives of those with mental health and addiction challenges?

I cannot believe the employment opportunities that the certificate leads to and encourage anyone who is interested to pursue (this). - MHA Graduate

We’ll help you succeed

With Camosun's Mental Health and Addictions Certificate, you have the necessary grounding to begin your employment in the field. Working through this ten-month equivalent program, you'll acquire the competencies required for entry-level community mental health and addictions employment.

Your studies combine class, lab, and practicum experiences as you learn about the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation and prepare for subsequent work assisting those who face various challenges.

Practicum

You’ll participate in six-weeks of supported learning activities at your practicum site for 22 hours a week. We’ll work closely with you to determine the best fit for your placement, depending on previous experience, education, and career goals.

You’ll be paired with an on-site mentor and follow the same shifts and schedule as that staff person. You may be in practicum days, evenings, and/or weekends depending on the mentor’s schedule and site needs.

Mental Health and Addiction employment opportunities

Our graduates work in front line positions with individuals with mental health and addiction challenges in residential and community support programs. A graduate is often in a position of supporting people to be as independent as possible, and to help them in areas of day-to-day functioning as they move through recovery. Roles often involve individual or small group activities, and working with a team.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) is a major employer of our graduates as they recognize the MHA certificate as the primary credential for hiring. A majority of our practicum placements are in VIHA or partner agency settings — this helps you make an easy transition to work in the field. Our graduates have also been hired with agencies such as the Cool Aid Society, Beacon Services, and the Capital Mental Health Association, to name a few.

Mental Health & Addictions

Credential
Certificate
Length
10 months (full-time)
Study Options
Full-time or part-time (20 months)
Work Experience
One practicum
Start
September
Campus
Lansdowne
School
Health & Human Services

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