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Those working with people experiencing mental illness or substance use disorders know their needs are rarely served in isolation. Camosun’s new integrated program, starting this September online, recognizes this, bringing together multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise for the college’s Mental Health, Addictions and Criminal Justice advanced certificate.“

“Working in partnership with our mental health program at Camosun, we saw a need,” explains Wendy Taylor, incoming chair of Camosun’s Criminal Justice department. “The criminal justice system today is over-represented with individuals having mental health and addiction challenges and the program focusses on ways to better meet their needs in the community with an integrated, collaborative approach.”

The new certificate program focusses on skills and strategies, taking an applied learning approach that embraces the expertise from mental health, social services and the criminal justice system.

“I’m excited by how much all of us as instructors and students will learn from each other,” says Taylor. “I have both experience working in the field and supporting a family member who has been involved in the mental health system for a few years so I’m very passionate about this.”

The eight-month program features four courses delivered online, allowing students working in the field to accommodate their work and program schedules.

Operating from a social justice perspective, the Mental Health, Addictions, and Criminal Justice program emphasizes the values related to and importance of: social responsibility, advocacy, community-capacity building, and interprofessional practice.

Upon completion, students will have an enhanced understanding and abilities to provide integrated services and supports, as well as to advocate for change in the health and justice systems that individuals with mental health or substance use challenges experience.

Graduates will gain systemic level awareness and skills to navigate and support individuals with mental health and/or addiction challenges in residential settings and the community. Students may be currently working in or looking to pursue a career with mental health, addictions, community and criminal justice agencies. A bachelor degree, diploma or combination of education and experience is required. For more information, please email or visit  

Media Contacts:
Wendy Taylor
Incoming Chair
Criminal Justice department
Camosun College
Tel: 250-370-3431

Ivan Watson
Marketing & Communications Strategist
Camosun College
Tel: 250-418-0700

Last updated: May 7, 2020 1:31 pm

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