Program at a glance
Area of Study
Clinical and fieldwork placement
Open to International
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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.
Find out more about upcoming networking and information sessions occurring at Camosun.
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.
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 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)
An investment in your career
Invest in yourself! 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.
Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.
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.
In your first term, you’ll take five courses with content that includes therapeutic relationships, professional practice and mental illness interventions.
In your second term, you’ll build on your foundational knowledge and develop skills in health and wellness basics, addictions and interventions.
In your third term, you’ll develop skills through experiential learning supported by instructors and mentors in your six-week practicum placement.
We also offer an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health, Addictions, and Criminal Justice and a Post-degree Diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions..
Curriculum & courses
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.
- C+ in English 12
- C in English 12 Camosun Alternative
And all of:
- Statement of Intention - Submission of a 300 or more word statement outlining career goals and motivation for entering the program.
- 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 detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.
Our Teaching Staff
Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.
Chair of Community, Family and Child Studies Department
Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.