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Mental Health & Addictions

Certificate in Mental Health & Addictions

Increasing understanding, decreasing stigma

Building community, enhancing lives

The Mental Health and Addictions certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills to work with individuals and groups in a variety of settings. Graduates of the program use the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery to support people living with mental health and addiction challenges to live the life they envision for themselves. We also offer a Post-degree Diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions.

Part-time study options beginning January 2020

A second intake of the MHA Part-time program starts this Fall. September intake has limited number of seats.

Please note:

  • Part-time students are unable to transfer into full-time program midway.
  • Participation in, or attendance at an MHA Info session – within 18 months prior to program start - is a program entry requirement.
  • Interested applicants please indicate "Part-Time MHA program – Fall intake" on your application.
  • To discuss course planning options for this intake contact Jody Watson, Program Lead.

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, full time equivalent program, you'll acquire the competencies required for entry-level community mental health and addictions employment.

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

Mental Health & Addictions

10 months (full-time) or 20 months (part-time)
Study Options
Part-time (offered every second year, beginning January)
Work Experience
One practicum
September - Full-time
January 2020 - Part-time
Health & Human Services


You’ll participate in six-weeks of supported learning activities at your practicum site for 22 hours a week. 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 supporting individuals with mental health and/or addiction challenges in residential and community programs. A graduate is often in a position of guiding people to be as independent as possible, and to help them in areas of day-to-day functioning as they move through recovery. This may include activities of daily living and life management skills. Roles often involve individual or small group activities, and working with a team.

Island Health (formerly 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 Island Health or partner agency settings — this facilitates a transition to work in the field. Our graduates have also been hired with a variety of agencies, including Victoria Cool Aid Society, Beacon Services, and Island Community Mental Health (formerly Community Mental Health Association).

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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