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Mental Health and Addictions, Certificate

Increasing understanding, decreasing stigma. Ten months at Camosun can prepare you for a rewarding career in the expanding field of mental health and addictions and set you up for entry into an in-demand human services field.

Program at a glance

Credential

Certificate

Area of Study

Human Services

Study options

Full-time

Part-time

Work experience

Clinical/fieldwork placement

Open to International

No

Length

10 months

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Mental Health Addictions

Building community, enhancing lives

Start in September

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 psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery principles to support people living with mental health and substance use challenges to live the life they envision for themselves.

MHA Information Sessions Slides (PPT)

Applicants for the MHA program must review the Info Session slides or attend an information session prior to completing the MHA Info Session Survey to qualify for program entry. 

HHS Student Handbook

Current information for School of Health and Human Services Students and MHA program-specific handbook

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 positively impact the lives of those with mental health and addiction challenges?

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.

Assess your readiness to be a student here.

Practicum

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 (MHA) 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 to guide people to be as independent as possible and 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 by a variety of agencies, including Victoria Cool Aid Society, Beacon Services, and Island Community Mental Health (formerly Community Mental Health Association)

Indigenous Priority Seating

Indigenous Limited Priority Admissions 

The School of Health & Human Services (HHS) offers Priority Seating for Indigenous students in all Health related programs.

Visit Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen - Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections (IECC) for information on how to apply.  

Any questions about the application process, please contact hhsindigenoussupport@camosun.ca

The Indigenous Limited Priority Admissions process, approved by the Board of Governors, supported by the Education Council, and approved by the BC Human Rights Tribunal, welcomes applications from all qualified Indigenous applicants.

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

Life changing work

The MHA Program is offered through blended delivery. You will study a wide variety of courses centred on relationships, interventions and community services.

What to expect

Blended instruction includes face-to-face time on campus with courses also using an online program called DesireToLearn (D2L). MHA is a ten-month full-time program, with limited seats in the part-time option. On-campus components will usually be Monday through Friday, 8am-1pm, until the practicum term. During the practicum course in the final six weeks of the program, your schedule may include days, evenings, and weekends.

In addition to 25 hours each week in face-to-face and online class time, it’s estimated that you will spend 12-15 hours each week on assignments, projects, and studying. You may find the time commitment decreases as you become skilled at using the online learning platform and reading texts and other resources.

Term 1 

In your first term, you’ll take five courses with content that includes therapeutic relationships, professional practice and mental illness interventions.

Term 2

In your second term, you’ll build on your foundational knowledge and develop skills in health and wellness basics, addictions and interventions.

Term 3

In your third term, you’ll develop skills through experiential learning supported by instructors and mentors in your six-week practicum placement.

Related Programs

We also offer an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health, Addictions, and Criminal Justice and a Post-degree Diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions..

Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Mental Health and Addictions, Certificate

$4,847 (domestic)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Admission requirements

Ready to get started? Get your application in for the September or January intake.

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

One of:

And all of:

  • Statement of Intention - Submission of a 300 or more word statement outlining career goals and motivation for entering the program. Please email your statement in PDF format to admissions@camosun.ca 
  • Info Session - Attendance at a scheduled Mental Health and Addictions program Information Session within 18 months prior to the start of the program. If you are unable to attend a scheduled session, please contact the Program Leader.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Apply today

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Contact us

If you have admissions questions contact us today!

If you have questions about what you can expect to learn in your Health and Human Services classes contact hhsinfo@camosun.ca

Faculty/staff profile

Jeanne Puritch

Jeanne Puritch

Chair of Community, Family and Child Studies Department

Jeanne is the Chair of the Community, Family and Child Studies Department at Camosun College. Programs in this department include:  EACS Certi ...

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Michelle Bass, IMHA Program Leader

Michelle Bass

Program Leader, Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions (IMHA)

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Miriam

Miriam Curtis

Practice Placement Coordinator

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Sheryl Haynes

Sheryl Haynes

Instructor, Health

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Michelle Jaworsky

Instructor and Program Leader, CFCS/MHA

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Kristin Ross

Kristin Ross

Instructor

Kristin combines her broad-based experience and knowledge to facilitate student learning and prepare our graduates to support people living with menta ...

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Jody Watson, MHA Program Leader

Jody Watson

Instructor and Program Leader, MHA

Lansdowne campus

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For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

Contact information

School of Health and Human Services

Campus location

Centre for Health and Wellness (CHW) 207

Location link

Interurban Campus

250-370-4072

hhsinfo@camosun.ca

 

If you have admissions questions please contact Admissions.